Castello, Venice

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  • Venice: City Walking Tour

    1. Venice: City Walking Tour

    Join a walking tour of Venice and explore its fascinating maze of narrow streets, elegant palaces, and imposing churches. See the city’s unmissable attractions and learn about their history and cultural significance with a professional guide. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Listen as your guide tells you the history of the dukes of Venice and how the city was once the most powerful maritime empire in the Mediterranean Sea. Explore the elegant Castello residential area and walk through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Stroll past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Walk along charming canals, wander into small alleys, and discover picturesque square...

  • Venice: Self-Guided Discovery Tour

    2. Venice: Self-Guided Discovery Tour

    Learn the secret history of Venice at your own pace on a self-guided tour of the most historic areas. Download the app to your mobile device and use the provided map and itinerary to find sights known only to locals at a time to suit you. Listen to the fascinating commentary as you see where the old warships were built in the dockyards of the Arsenale in the Castello sestiere (district). Discover Europe's first Jewish Ghetto and marvel at masterpieces of art and architecture, such as the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and the Renaissance church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli in the Cannaregio district. Admire the famous monuments of St. Mark's Square, including the former seat of power at the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine facade of St. Mark's Basilica. Walk through the historic Rialto district to see the beautiful Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal. Explore the hist...

  • Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

    3. 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.

    The boat trip is highly recommended! Is was an amazing experience and we could not have had a better guide to show us the laguna and some more remote places of Venice. It was fun and also very interesting to listen to the information and stories during the picturesque ride in the sunset on the boat. Thank you!

  • Venice Inferno Private Tour

    4. Venice Inferno Private Tour

    The start of this tour is at the church of San Geremia with the preserved relics of Saint Lucia. From there, you'll head off on a motor boat to cross the northern part of the Venice Lagoon and see the famous Cemetery Island of San Michele. Then it's time to see the place that Dante Alighieri mentions in the Inferno... the Venetian Arsenal! Here he was inspired by the idea of ​​boiling pitch, which tortures the damned. Here you will find the famous inscriptions of Dante's Divine Comedy. While sailing on the Lagoon of Venice, you'll of course also see San Marco and see the Sospiri Bridge, and the famous Venetian prisons – lots of adventures await you! The tour even includes a visit to the crypt of the nearby church of San Zaccaria. You will discover in more detail the Basilica of San Marco, the golden church, and visit the famous four horses. This is famous place, where Enrico Dandolo ca...

  • Venice: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

    5. 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...

  • Venetian Ships Pavilion and Castello: Private Walking Tour

    6. Venetian Ships Pavilion and Castello: Private Walking Tour

    Visit the Castello area and tour the historic Venetian Ships Pavilion on a 2-hour walking tour. Make your way through the labyrinth of alleyways into the heart of Castello, the largest residential area of Venice. Walk along Calle Della Morte, where your guide will tell you about the people sentenced to death by the Venetian Council of Ten. Continue to the School of San Giorgio Degli Schiavoni, and the Church of San Francesco Della Vigna. Cross the Ponte Del Cristo to the eastern side of the city. At the Ships Pavilion, skip the lines waiting to enter, and follow your guide to see historic Venetian boats, including the funeral Gondola of Venetian doges and several war ships.

    Our tour through Castello & Arsenale was fabulous & so serene after all the crowds of San Marco....very informative & great stories of the area.....definitely one of the best tours we have had!

  • Venice: Byzantine Tour and Skip-the-Line St Mark's Basilica

    7. Venice: Byzantine Tour and Skip-the-Line St Mark's Basilica

    This combined tour will allow you to discover the most important historical places and buildings of Venice. This tour will be guided and divided into two parts. At 09:00 from a centrally located meeting point, you will be led by a professional guide through the most characteristic places around the areas of St. Mark's Square and Castello (duration 1.5-hour). Then at noon, you will meet again and visit the interiors of St. Mark's Basilica, discovering Byzantine history. 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 for 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 2-Hour Photography Tour

    8. Venice 2-Hour Photography Tour

    Join this creative, informative, and interactive guided photography tour, conducted by a professional photographer, and get instructions on how to take expert photos in some lesser known but equally enchanting parts of Venice. All you have to do is bring a camera, however modest. You will have the opportunity to pick up professional tips on the art of photography, composition, technique, and capturing images that are less obvious, yet represent beautiful Venice just as effectively as St. Mark's Square. Capture the spirit of the city and maximize on how the light and the water complement one another. No previous experience is required. The tour will take you to the undiscovered, hidden areas of Castello and Canareggio, frequented only by Venetians. Each tour will be unique! Your photographer guide will decide where to lead you, depending on the time of day and the light, in order to ta...

    We booked a two hour photo tour of Venice through Get Your Guide. The weather was very overcast that day with some intermittent light rain... I was nervous how the day would turn out & if my wife would enjoy the photography. In short, Vinicio's photography tour ended up being one of our absolute favorite things that we did on our ten-day European trip (Paris, Venice, Amalfi Coast & Rome) - I strongly recommend it!!! We travel very frequently (and always take our Canon DSLRs along). The vast majority of our vacation pictures end up being of our young kids. On this trip, however, the kids weren't allowed along (Paris work event). We joked with Vinicio that we weren't exactly sure what we were going to take pictures of on our trip without the kids there. :-). He not only provided a lot of good tips on DSLR settings & composition techniques, but also showed us a side of Venice that we quite honestly would not have appreciated. The pictures turned out great & we loved the tour

  • Venice: Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

    9. Venice: Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

    This combined tour will allow you to discover the most important historical places and buildings of Venice in two parts. From a centrally located meeting point, you will be led by a professional guide through the most characteristic places around the areas of St. Mark's Square and Castello. After this walk, you will enjoy a view of the city from the water on-board a gondola. The tour will start with a historical introduction in St. Marks’s Square, and its architectural delights, allowing you to discover the history of the Doge’s Palace, once the seat of the power for the Republic of Venice, and the surrounding buildings. 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 or calli, many bridges, winding canals and wide picturesque squares known as campi. Disc...

  • 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.

    Very well served, and the server was very good and informative about the wines. Really enjoyed the tasting. Recommend it !

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What people are saying about Castello, Venice

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 18 reviews

We had booked a walking tour through major parts of the city, followed by a guided tour (and fast-lane queuing) for the Doge's palace. Our guide was engaging, very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. Such a great storyteller! We're sorry we didn't catch her name to send some extra kudos. Thanks to her we felt the tour was def. worth the money, without her we probably wouldn't have been too impressed by the palace. Great job!

In short: it was amazing! We did not really know what to expect but this is such a lovely tour and me and my girlfriend are glad we did this instead of a touristy gondola tour. The boat was comfortable, the prosecco and snacks very tasty and the tour/sights itself was really beautiful! All of that and the tour guide (fluent english) who just knew so much about Venice and all its surrounding islands made the trip an absolute recommend!

The boat trip is highly recommended! Is was an amazing experience and we could not have had a better guide to show us the laguna and some more remote places of Venice. It was fun and also very interesting to listen to the information and stories during the picturesque ride in the sunset on the boat. Thank you!

Very nice journey on the lagoon with Alessandro, who provides great commentaries and good mood. We had a wonderful weather, and really enjoyed the beauty of the city from another angle.

Great visit with a guide Martina who spoke very good French and who answered all our questions with interesting details. Plus we were only 2 in the group even better.