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Doge's Palace Priority Entrance & St. Mark's Square Tour

Duration: 2 hours
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Enjoy priority entrance at the Doge's Palace with a guided day or evening tour of St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and New…

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5 historical facts to take on your Venice walking tour

Venice might be better known for its canals, but don't forget to explore its winding streets for what many might consider a local's perspective. Here are five fun facts to bear in mind.

Many of the streets are accidental

Many of the streets are accidental

Venetian houses tend to face the canal, so many of its haphazard streets arose simply as gaps between buildings. The narrowest is Ramo Varisco, at only 53cm wide!

The church towers have many talents

The church towers have many talents

Venice's church towers, or "campanili," do more than just sound the hour - they've historically also been used as lighthouses and fire guard stations.

Venice has over 400 bridges

Venice has over 400 bridges

Think you won't see enough of Venice's canals on a walking tour? Think again! The city has 431 bridges to traverse. The Rialto Bridge dates back to the 16th century.

It only recently got its first female gondolier...

It only recently got its first female gondolier...

Despite having over 400 gondoliers in a tradition that dates back centuries, Venice didn't get a female gondolier until 2010!

...But the first woman to graduate was a Venetian
Photo: london road @ Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

...But the first woman to graduate was a Venetian

Visit the Palazzo Loredan to see the birthplace of Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, who, in 1678, received a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Padua.

Planning Your Visit

Can I combine a walking tour and gondola ride?

Walking tours are a great way to see the city, but it wouldn't be Venice without a ride along the city's canals. Fortunately there are several walking and gondola tour combination packages to choose from, with prices starting from €43.

How do the free tours work?

If you're visiting Venice on the cheap then you might choose to opt for a free walking tour. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is a catch! Remember your guide does this for a living so bring some cash in order to pay what you think it was worth at the end. If you don't, be prepared to shuffle away sheepishly!

What people are saying about Venice

Both sites are absolutely incredible! Basilica is a must see

My sister and I were expecting good things from this tour, but it was far far better than that! We easily found the meeting place. Everyone gets a headphone set so you can always hear your guide, and ours was called Rosanna. She was so lovely, upbeat, friendly, and funny. We did the Basilica first and we were lucky to be in there when it was illuminated and it was absolutely beautiful (it is usually only illuminated for mass and other than that for one hour a day). The Basilica also hosts an amazing artwork entirely made of gold and just under 2,000 jewels. This was information provided by Rosanna, and a lot of what made this tour good was all the facts she told us. It would not have been half as amazing without context. Then we did the Doges Palace where, as part of this tour, you actually walk inside and along the Bridge of Sighs, which we weren't expecting! Also the Doges Palace has the largest canvas artwork in the world, which was astounding to see. Two very happy customers!

Exceptional and memorable tour of Venice

My family thoroughly enjoyed this tour with Stephano. Before we even set off on the tour, we were contacted by a lovely professional lady and owner of the company, regretfully can’t recall her name. Thank you for all your kind support in arranging the tour with Stephano. As a local Venetian, professional photographer and warm and kind soul, we really enjoyed seeing Venice at first light and uncovering all the hidden gems, canals, history, etc. he even bought my family coffee and pastries and took the time to teach us techniques on how to use both camera and iPhone cameras. When mosquitoes were bothering my daughter, he took us to a supermarket to purchase mosquito repellent. Showed us places to visit and restaurants to eat in. We have photos and memories that will last a lifetime and many more. Thank you Stephano for your expert guidance, your professionalism and warm and kind spirit!!! Hope to stay in touch.

Excellent day put with a great tour guide

Well worth the visit. Venice is stunning & you get great discounts when you are there for the gondola rides & water taxis (€18 each rather than €80!) murano is a bit boring but you’re not there long & burano is stunning. Would rather have skipped Murano & spent longer in burano

Venice, Murano & Burano Tour from Lido di Jesolo Reviewed by Natasha, 20/08/2019

Best Guide ever! Oile was awesome! Very Knowledgable and attentive

We are so glad we go a Guide for the Basilica. Olie was fantastic. we learnt so much and our kids aged 10 and 14 were inthralled. She really catered to them well. it was a small group, 8 of us in total which was really wonderful. I would highly recommend this tour.

A great way to learn about the city without the crowded streets.

This was a wonderful tour that was paced perfectly. Our guide was very knowledgeable and easy to follow. It was a joy to navigate the streets without all the crowds and the earpieces worked very well for easy hearing.

Hidden Venice 1.5-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Katrina, 28/07/2019