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  1. Italy
  2. Veneto
  3. Venice
  4. Doge's Palace

Venice: Walking Tour

Product ID: 244172
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Delight in a 1.5-hour walking tour of Venice's fascinating maze of narrow streets, beautiful and elegant palaces, and imposing churches. See Venice's unmissable attractions and learn about their history and cultural significance with a professional guide.
About this activity
Duration 90 minutes
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Venice as you've never seen before and marvel at amazing panoramic views
  • Stroll down Venice's narrow alleys and encounter enchanting squares
  • Feel like an insider with a local professional guide
  • Discover the main highlights of Venice at a gentle pace on foot
Full description
Take a gentle 1.5-hour stroll around Venice and admire some of the city's most famous landmarks. Explore art, architecture, and history with your professional guide, and be enchanted by this most magical of cities.

Begin your tour at St. Mark's Campanile in St. Mark's Square, the very heart of Venice. Discover the world's most beautiful drawing room, and listen to your guide's brief historical introduction about the most powerful maritime empire in the Mediterranean Sea.

Still in St. Mark's Square, see St. Mark's Basilica, Venice's cathedral church that is the symbol of the city. Admire its Byzantine-style cupolas, golden mosaics, and priceless bronze and golden horses that came from Constantinople as your guide explains the severe Gothic form of the church's exterior.

Next, continue a few meters from the Cathedral to yet another monument in St. Mark’s square, Doge’s Palace. Learn about the structure and architectural style of this magnificent palace, and hear about its history and the fire that took place there. Walk to see the tallest building in Venice, The Campanile (Bell Tower), which once used to be a lighthouse for the sailors.

After your discovery of these must-see architectural gems, make your way to Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, where the largest church in Venice is located, the Pantheon of Venice. Wander around the church's exterior, which is covered with marvelous sculptures. Nearby, marvel at the most prominent and most beautifully decorated building in Venice known as the Scuola Grande di San Marco (Great School of Charity) and come to understand the importance and the significance of this building to the Venetians.

As you stroll the streets and pretty alleys across Venice's small bridges, uncover hidden gems along the way, like the house of the great traveler and writer, Marco Polo. Learn about the historical significance of this place and the contribution made to the world by the man who once lived within these four walls.

Finally, walk with your guide to the hustle and bustle of the most famous shopping street in Venice, Mercerie. Your tour concludes here, giving you the chance to explore the historic heart of commercial life in the city between the Rialto Bridge and San Marco Square afterward.
Includes
  • Official certified guide
  • Radio system to hear the guide
  • Free water bottle or gelato
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance tickets to the attractions
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please meet your guide in front of the "Yex" Exchange Office, under the clock tower on Piazza San Marco. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time to avoid any delays.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• This tour does not include entrance to the main sites and will completely take place outside (only external commentary of the various sites will be provided)
• Unfortunately, wheelchairs and strollers cannot be accommodated on this tour. All customers must be able to autonomously walk, climb, and get off the steps
• Please wear comfortable walking shoes as there is a moderate amount of walking involved
• Please note that the tour requires a minimum number of guests to run
• Please note that if you arrive after the tour start time you will not be able to join and will not be refunded or have your tour rescheduled
• This tour is subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
• There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements; in this event, you will be offered an alternative or full refund