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Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

1. Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

You will begin by boarding a "topa" boat on which you will experience an authentic Venetian aperitivo. This drink will be enjoyed as you take in the stunning views of Venice from the outer lagoon and its magical islands. As soon as you begin cruising your host will begin serving you drinks and snacks. The experience will last about 1.5 hours, during which you will get to see the city's most iconic views. These city highlights include San Marco, Giudecca, Lido di Venezia, and much more. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide will drop you off back to your tour starting point.

Venice: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Basilica Ticket

2. Venice: Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Basilica Ticket

Take part in this small-group tour of Venice to see the best tourist spots and hidden gems. See the Bell Tower and Clock Tower, St. Mark's Square, and get an in-depth tour of St. Mark’s Basilica. Start your tour by strolling through St. Mark’s Square, equipped with complimentary headphones so that you can follow every word of your local guide. Listen as your guide discusses the major monuments including Doge's Palace, Bridge of Sighs, the Bell Tower, and the Clock Tower. Head into St. Marks Basilica for a special tour. Walk through the famous church as your guide describes the history of the church and shows you the intricate mosaics and Byzantine architecture. Afterward, leave St. Mark's Square behind to admire a very different Venice. Visit Santa Maria Formosa, Calle Paradiso, Castello district, and areas known only to the locals.  Explore a world of narrow alleyways and meandering canals, punctuated by delicate bridges, and hidden architectural gems.  Hear stories about the Venetians who created this city from nothing.

Venice: Traditional Cafés and Pastry Shops Walking Tour

3. Venice: Traditional Cafés and Pastry Shops Walking Tour

Discover all the six Sestieri (neighborhoods) of Venice and satisfy your sweet tooth on this tasty tour. Walk over dozens of picturesque bridges powered by espresso, delicious pastries, ice creams and tiramisu. Stop in local bakeries and taste top quality pastries in historical cafés featuring ornate baroque mirrors. Be mesmerized by traditional cream puffs and biscuits and try fresh Italian espresso.

Venice: Skip-the-Line Golden Basilica Tour

4. Venice: Skip-the-Line Golden Basilica Tour

Take a fascinating guided tour through the Golden Basilica of Saint Mark, with its famous golden mosaics. Skip the line and enter the majestic church with an expert guide who will narrate the history of this byzantine artwork and its meaning. You will be stunned in front of the five domes decorated by renowned artists. Discover the Saint Mark Treasury, a magnificent collection of relics and precious items collected along the centuries. Also, from the terraces, enjoy the view of St. Mark's Square, the heart of Venice, and the quadriga of St. Mark. After that, you can join a free and optional tour to visit a glass factory. Then, use the mobile app to discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares. Listen to the audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 120 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice Theater, Rialto Bridge, the Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenale, the majestic Accademia Bridge, and much more.

Venice: Stand-Up Paddleboarding Tour on the Venice Canals

5. Venice: Stand-Up Paddleboarding Tour on the Venice Canals

Create memories to last a lifetime on a stand-up paddleboard tour of Venice's canals. Join a local tour guide who was born and raised in Venice for a relaxed paddle around the Cannaregio and Castello sestiere (districts). Reap the many benefits that SUP paddleboarding offers: see hidden parts of the city, get a workout in, and have fun with your family or friends. During your tour, witness all of the city's hidden architectural details that you cannot notice from the ground. Stop several times to admire some of the most famous and beautiful palaces, canals, and churches of the city, with a historical explanation about each place from your guide.

Venice: Food and Wine Tasting Bar Tour & Evening Guided Tour

6. Venice: Food and Wine Tasting Bar Tour & Evening Guided Tour

Let the local tour guide take you on a guided tour to discover Venice while tasting Venice’s traditional cicchetti (similar to tapas) and wine. See the bacari, the characteristic little bars that locals use after heading home from work to enjoy an ombra (a glass of wine) and a cicchetto. Get ready to lose yourself in unexpected delights and the real side of Venice with lively locals and their traditions. The second part of the tour will take you along an unusual walk after dark. At night, Venice completely transforms and a new, charming city seems to reveal itself once the sun goes down and the crowds leave. Explore Venice as you would never expect to, discovering its charm of the night and exploring some of the less beaten tracks. Tales and stories about Venice's present and past will accompany your walk.

Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride and Walking Tour

7. Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride and Walking Tour

Discover the 5 districts of Venice with their best attractions and squares, day or night, on a self-guided tour. This mobile app includes a map which escorts you through the city, letting you decide what to see. Listen to the automatic audio narration of the city’s highlights, with more than 120 points of interest including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge, Jewish Ghetto, the Arsenale the majestic Accademia Bridge and much more. Thanks to this app, you will also enjoy the most secret and picturesque places of Venice known only by true Venetians. Make your way along the Grand Canal aboard a traditional gondola with a professional gondolier. Pass the house where Mozart lived at Ca' Falletti and admire the beautiful exterior of Teatro La Fenice. Drift past the modern art museum of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, see the beautiful Palazzo Dario and the impressive church of Santa Maria della Salute. Continue to the Punta della Dogana in the old Sea Customs House and end at St. Mark's Square with its amazing Byzantine basilica.  Then, stroll through the heart of the city with a guide in your chosen language. Explore the Rialto and St Mark's area and the network of canals and narrow streets. Arrive at the Rialto Bridge and see the historical market before you cross over the Grand Canal. Listen to tales about the district and learn more about some of the historical figures who lived there, such as Marco Polo.

Hidden Venice- Small Group Tour

8. Hidden Venice- Small Group Tour

Leave the crowds that are cramming into St. Mark's Square and over the Rialto, and enjoy a more unexpected, authentic 2-hour tour of Venice with your licensed guide  far away from the tourist scrum. Explore the typical neighborhoods of Castello and Cannaregio to see the medieval remains of Marco Polo’s former home. Enjoy fantastic views over the Grand Canal from the Taverna Campiello del Remer, and discover the hidden Renaissance church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli. In Campo San Zanipolo, admire the statue of the great military commander, Colleoni, the façade of the Scuola di San Marco, and the church of San Zanipolo, the largest in Venice, once known as a Venetian Pantheon for its 25 tombs of the doges. Small Groups (maximum 10 persons)

Venice: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

9. Venice: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

Starting in St. Mark’s Square, this atmospheric walking tour will whisk you away from the crowded streets into the treasure filled pockets of the Castello area. A qualified guide will walk you through the hidden squares, winding canals and historical buildings providing you with a perfect introduction to the origins, symbols, traditions, architecture and life in present day Venice. The tour will start with a historical introduction of St. Marks’s Square and its architectural delights, allowing you to discover the history of the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, the illustrious Doge’s Palace, once the seat of the power of the Republic of Venice, and the extraordinary, Renaissance clock tower. Leaving the square, you will be guided into the residential Castello area, allowing you to discover this part of Venice in all of its elegance, through its labyrinth of narrow alleys known as calli, its many bridges, winding canals and wide picturesque squares called campi. Discover campo Santa Maria Formosa and campo San Giovanni & Paolo, with its stunning Basilica, where the doges of Venice were buried. At the end of your walking tour, come back with your local guide in San Marco's square passing through the Mercerie, the shopping connection street between Rialto and San Marco.

Venice: Wine Tasting and Cicchetti

10. Venice: Wine Tasting and Cicchetti

Experience a gastronomic walking tour that will wet your tastebuds and allow you to discover the delights of the original Venetian Aperitif. Meet your qualified guide who will accompany you to authentic bars and taverns in the Rialto area, allowing you to taste Venetian delicacies and local wines. Enjoy the perfect way to way to enjoy the Venetian way of life, discover curious and hidden locations, whilst tasting fantastic food and drink.  Start the tour with a short introduction about the area of Rialto and just why it is one of the most famous markets in Europe. With curiosities and glimpses into the Venetian way of life over history, find out why the Venetians have continued with this gastronomic tradition until today. During the tour, be taken to hidden bars, that are found off the beaten track.

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What people are saying about Castello, Venice

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 306 reviews

Traditional cafés and pastry shops in Venice - that was the name of our city tour, which we undertook with the extremely personable city guide VALERIO. The tour was entertaining, very informative and on our way, which Valerio chose as far as possible off the tourist track, we learned a lot about Venice, not just about coffee houses. Thank you Valerio for this nice afternoon.

The meeting point was a bit difficult to find. The guide Elisabeth was very experienced and guided us very well through some of the city's sixths. Some special "tips" included.

Natalia was wonderful, spoke German very well, dressed in a great Venetian style and provided a lot of information. Thanks

We had a very nice lady who lives in Venice and explained her city to us very well. Highly recommended

Very good tour, there were only four of us with a lot of background knowledge.