Rooftops of Venice Small Group Walking Tour with Prosecco Tastings

Admire San Polo from above and uncover the hidden gems of Rialto market and the Red Light District

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Venice is renowned for its lively canals and charming bridges, but did you know they're best admired from above? That's why we've teamed up with local guides who have exclusive access to San Polo's rooftops and are eager to show you the best of them. Between visiting three stunning terraces, each offering unmatched views, and a guided walk around Rialto market and the Red Light District, you'll be let in on Venice's enchanting stories and secret corners, usually reserved for locals.

  • Venice Rooftops Tour​
  • Meeting point in San Polo
  • San Polo district
  • Rooftop tour
  • Hidden panoramic terrace
  • Red light district
  • Prosecco tasting
  • End in a local bar

Your morning amongst the rooftops begins in the lively San Polo neighborhood, an area overflowing with local charm and hidden gems. Meet your guide and fellow group members near the statue of Santa Maria Immacolata, and set off to discover three of Venice’s tucked-away terraces, each offering a breathtaking view over the city's picturesque canals.

As you experience the neighborhood away from the hustle and bustle of mass tourism, you'll quickly become attuned to the fast-paced yet friendly rhythm of the region. In between terrace visits, follow your guide through Rialto market's colorful stalls, brimming with fresh produce and mouthwatering delights, and catch glimpses of the Red Light District's intriguing past. Of course, no tour is complete without a Prosecco, which you'll enjoy at your guide’s favorite local spots.

Rooftops of Venice Tour with Prosecco Tasting Description

Your 2.5-hour tour includes:

  • Expert local guide

  • Venice walking tour

  • Exclusive access to three hidden terraces

  • 2 Prosecco and Food tastings

  • Small group size (up to 12 people)

  • An off-the-beaten-path itinerary

  • Explore Red Light District, Rialto market, and San Polo neighborhood

Welcome to San Polo!

Your adventure begins near the statue of Santa Maria Immacolata in the vibrant San Polo neighborhood, one of Venice's six historic sestieri (districts) and a place steeped in rich history and charm. Look for your friendly guide , and once your small group has all arrived, head out to explore this enchanting region of Venice. Always buzzing with locals, you’ll find the maze of narrow passageways, quaint bridges, and hidden squares around you to be quintessential Venice.

Admire Venice From Rooftops

Next, it's time to admire the San Polo neighborhood from a vantage point most visitors miss out on. Thanks to your guide's local knowledge, you'll head to three hidden Venetian terraces, each offering a unique view across the neighborhood. Admire San Polo's terracotta-tiled homes, winding canals, and bustling squares, and listen as your guide fills you in on intriguing stories that blend together history and culture.

San Polo, one of the oldest districts in Venice, has a history dating back to the 9th century. The name "San Polo" is believed to have been derived from the Church of San Paolo Apostolo, which once stood in the area. This neighborhood has always been a hub of activity due to its strategic location along the Grand Canal and its proximity to the Rialto Bridge, an essential trading and transportation route during Venice's golden age.

Explore Rialto Market and the Red Light District

Between rooftop visits, follow your guide through San Polo’s unique highlights. First, weave through the bustling lanes of the Rialto market, a lively open-air market whose origins can be traced back to the 11th century, and remains a common stop for locals. As you wander through its lively lanes, you're walking in the footsteps of countless Venetians who have shopped here for fresh seafood, locally grown produce, and other Venice specialties.

Not far off, you’ll come across the intriguing Red Light District. The mention of the Red Light District in San Polo may raise eyebrows, but its history is not what you might initially think. In the 16th century, this area was known for hosting courtesans, who were high-class companions known for their wit, charm, and artistic talents. These courtesans played a significant role in Venetian society and culture, often engaging in intellectual conversations and artistic pursuits with their clients. While it has shed its former identity, your guide knows just where to look to discover subtle symbols and signs that hint at the district’s risqué past.

Sip Authentic Prosecco

No Venice tour is complete without raising a glass of its iconic bubbly, Prosecco. So, before the tour wraps up, join your guide and fellow explorers in a toast to the beauty and history of Venice in a local bar, while you take in the view of the Grand Canal.

This tour includes two stops for Prosecco and food tastings, and while you sip a glass of this sparkling white wine, it’s easy to lose track of time as you watch locals go about their lives and enjoy the tranquility of the moment. If you’re eager to learn even more about the history and culture of Venice or are looking for recommendations on how to continue your Venetian adventure after the tour concludes, your guide will happily share interesting facts, stories, and insider tips.

Cheers to your unforgettable journey through San Polo!

What you get with this tour
Walking Tour of Venice
Panoramic terraces
San Polo
Rialto market
Red Light District
Grand Canal
Two Prosecco and Food Tastings
Friendly, local guide
Small group size of 12
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14 June 2024
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Gerald Martyn

Fantastic views!
30 April 2024
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Tracey Stennes

Great tour! Nice pace and through neighborhoods you done often go into. The views from the terraces were incredible! Very worth it!

Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

No, this tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Venice.

Where to meet?

You will meet your group in the San Polo district.

What if I have concerns about my mobility on this tour?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, please let us know beforehand. This tour includes a good amount of walking, navigating busy streets, and climbing steep staircases.

What happens if it rains?

We run our Venice rooftops tour rain or shine. If the weather is extremely bad and we cannot proceed with the tour, we'll let you know as soon as possible.

Is there any chance this tour will be canceled?

On the rare occasion the tour is canceled, we'll inform you as soon as possible. We will work with you to reschedule your tour when possible or provide a full refund.

Is lunch or dinner included in the price of the tour?

Some light snacks to accompany the Prosecco tasting are included. When the tour is finished, our guides are happy to recommend great places to eat.

What if I have food allergies or other dietary requirement?

Please let us know if you have food allergies or dietary requirements and we will do our best to accommodate you!

Are drinks included in the price of the tour?

Yes, two glasses of Prosecco are included in the price of the tour. Any other drinks can be purchased separately.

Can I bring my kids, and do I have to pay for them?

Yes, everyone is welcome on our tour. Infants (0 to 5 years old) are free, and we offer a reduced price for children 13 and under. Please choose accordingly when booking, and keep in mind this tour includes three hours of walking.

Is hotel pick up included in this tour?

No, hotel pickup is not included on this tour. You'll meet your guide at the statue of Santa Maria Immacolata. Please arrive 10 minutes before your tour is scheduled to start.

Where does this tour end?

This tour finishes at a designated ending point. Our guides are happy to offer recommendations if you'd like to continue exploring Venice afterward.

What should I bring?

Please bring along a valid ID. It's always smart to wear comfortable shoes since you'll be on your feet for most of the tour. A good camera and a water bottle are also recommended.

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