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Venice: Shared Gondola Ride Across the Grand Canal

1. Venice: Shared Gondola Ride Across the Grand Canal

Share a gondola ride with up to 5 other people and a master gondolier through the canals of Venice. Glide gracefully through the mysterious canals of Venice on a peaceful 30-minute ride. Discover the quaint and charming canals of Venice that have different charms and appeals, which you'll experience on this tour. Float down the iconic Grand Canal, ride down minor waterways, and pass by the famous theater, La Fenice, to soak up the atmosphere.

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Venice: Food and Wine Tour with Cicchetti Tasting

2. Venice: Food and Wine Tour with Cicchetti Tasting

Eat and drink your way around Venice on a food and wine tasting tour with a local guide. Visit some of the city's favorite eateries and wine bars, sample tapas-like "Cicchetti", and learn about Venetian culinary culture. Taste a wide range of food specialties, from regional cheeses to buranelli biscuits to traditional cakes. Pair your food samples with traditional drinks and Italian wines. Sample tiramisù in the city where it was invented, and experience the unique culture of “Cicchetti”, the tapas-like snacks loved by Venetians served in cozy and charming “bàcari” (bars). Discover old taverns and quaint locales where locals gather and eat. Explore quaint alleys, historic streets, and colorful markets and view historical monuments and attractions along the way.

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Venice: Self-Guided Discovery Tour

3. 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 historic Santa Croce area around Piazzale Roma and more.

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Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Gondola Ride

4. Doge Palace and St. Mark's Basilica: Skip The Line Tour with Gondola Ride

Discover two of Venice’s most iconic buildings on a guided tour with skip-the-line access to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive artworks, marvel at magnificent interiors, and explore the waters of the floating city on an unforgettable gondola ride. Meet your expert guide and enjoy priority access to Doge’s Palace, the seat of Venetian political power for centuries. Immerse yourself in the European Middle Ages and see masterpieces of art adorning the walls of the palace. Relive the anguish of the prisoners that crossed the Bridge of Sighs at the palace and experience the inside of the prison cell that once hosted Giacomo Casanova. Step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Finish your experience with a charming gondola ride. Let the gondolier transport you along the canals and be fascinated by the hidden corners of Venice as seen from the water.

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Venice: Guided Walking Tour with Food Tasting

5. Venice: Guided Walking Tour with Food Tasting

Explore Venice on a walking tour led by a professional guide. Learn about the city's history, experience its culture, and sample the local food. Start your tour with a traditional Italian breakfast. Enjoy your coffee and pastry while your guide introduces you to the legacy, culture, and history of the floating city. Stroll down cobblestone streets and across bridges as you make your way towards St Mark's Square, one of Venice's prime attractions. Admire the stately buildings that surround the square and see the Venetian-Byzantine domes of the grandiose St Mark’s Basilica. Follow your guide as you head to see Doge's Palace. Then, take a break from sightseeing to enjoy traditional Cicchetti and try some of the local specialties. The last stop on your sightseeing tour is the iconic Ponte di Rialto. Learn why this striking and daring structure was predicted to fall, and why it's still standing after more than 400 years. Finally, head to the Rialto Fish Market for one last taste of traditional Venetian fare. Top your experience off with an optional gondola ride and see the city from the water.

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Grande Canal Boat Tour + Murano

6. Grande Canal Boat Tour + Murano

The best way to know and experience Venice is certainly by getting on a private boat and travelling around the Grand Canal defined as “the most beautiful avenue in the world." The crew lead you through the most beautiful parts of the city and recall the legends, history, monuments, architectural masterpieces, art and who created or enjoyed it: the artists, noblemen, courtesans and other inhabitants of the lagoon. To get a better insight into Venetian culture, you'll be invited to visit Murano island  known for its glass production.  It's well worth-seeing the mastery of blowing and shaping the glass that has a long history, like the city itself. Finally, through some smaller and secret channel pathways, you'll see the most popular and lively neighborhoods and reach the pinnacle of the tour - San Marco’s Square.

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Venice: Local Taverns Self-Guided Tour with Snacks or Wine

7. Venice: Local Taverns Self-Guided Tour with Snacks or Wine

Gain access to an app with 5 itineraries to discover the best of Venice. Download it on your mobile phone and guide your friends on this unique adventure. The itineraries have been studied and designed by local Venetians to make sure you can experience all the districts of the city. On your cell phone, the app and digital map will guide you step by step to reach different osterias, where you can enjoy either finger food or wine, depending on the option selected. Taste Venetian specialties such as fried fish or a "frittella", a local-style pancake with connections to the Venice carnival. Along the way, you will discover the life of Venice's famous red-light districts, and listen to stories about the Gondoliers and convicts from the area. This is thanks to the 200 explanations that are activated automatically on the app every time you approach a point of interest. Travel in any direction around the city, using the app as a guide. Venture to more off-the-beaten-track paths and alleys, without the fear of getting lost.

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Saint Mark and Rialto Self-Guided Tour

8. Saint Mark and Rialto Self-Guided Tour

See the best of Venice, day or night, on a self-guided tour of the San Marco and Rialto areas. This mobile app includes a map which guides you through the city, letting you decide what to see. Take in the 31 attractions on the route, including the glorious La Fenice theater, Rialto Bridge with its local markets and the majestic Accademia Bridge. Enjoy commentary on the audio guide that takes you through the thousand-year-old history of St. Mark’s Square. Download the app on your device and you won’t get lost in the maze of streets. Visit the many intriguing corners of Venice at your own pace. The itinerary: - Rialto and San Marco areas - Jewish Ghetto and Canareggio area - Arsenale and Castello area, where Venice’s myth was built - From the imposing Frari Basilica to the Rialto Bridge and S. Croce Area - Dorsoduro area and Punta della Dogana The mobile app has a map which guides you anytime, letting you decide the pace of your visit as you listen to the automatic audio-narration on the city’s panoramic highlights. On the device see the text of the description under the picture of the attractions.

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Venice: Food and Wine Tour with Cicchetti Tasting and Gondola Ride

9. Venice: Food and Wine Tour with Cicchetti Tasting and Gondola Ride

Eat and drink your way around Venice on a food and wine tasting tour that includes a charming gondola ride through the city canals. Visit some of the city's favorite eateries and wine bars, sample tapas-like "Cicchetti", and learn about Venetian culinary culture. Taste a wide range of food specialties, from regional cheeses to buranelli biscuits to traditional cakes. Pair your food samples with traditional drinks and Italian wines. Sample sweet tiramisù in the city where it was invented and experience the unique culture of “Cicchetti”, the tapas-like snacks loved by Venetians served in cozy “bàcari” (bars). Discover old taverns and quaint locales where locals gather and eat. Explore quaint alleys, historic streets, and colorful markets and view historical monuments and attractions along the way. Finish your experience with a charming gondola ride. Let the gondolier transport you along the canals and be fascinated by the hidden corners of Venice as seen from the water.

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Venice: Sightseeing Tour with a Local Guide

10. Venice: Sightseeing Tour with a Local Guide

See the beautiful attractions of Venice on a sightseeing tour with a local guide. Cross the network of canals using the small bridges and narrow lanes of the historic Rialto, San Marco and Cannaregio districts.  Discover the site of the old trade center from the days of the Venetian Empire. Pass the former home of the explorer Marco Polo and learn how he built trade agreements with China providing an important link between the East and West. See the impressive church of San Pantalon in the Dorsoduro district. Continue to the large Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, where the painter Titian is buried. Enter the narrow square of the Campo San Bartolomeo, and continue to the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, where 25 of the doges are buried. End on St. Mark's Square and admire St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace.

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What people are saying about Rialto

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 501 reviews

I decided on the tour, with food and gondola ride. The meeting point was well described and I got the contact details from the tour guide from Florencetown. And then I met Lorenzo. I had him all to myself and it was great. I love tours like this. Lorenzo has an absolutely great knowledge of Venice and history and really took the time to explain everything to me. The three hours passed almost too quickly. He had a bite to eat with me (the food is included). When Lorenzo speaks Italian, you hang on to his lips. I think the language is just beautiful and Lorenzo is a great man. The gondola ride was after the tour. also worked great. Lorenzo even gave me good tips after the tour where I can eat well. I felt very well. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars to Lorenzo and Florencetown. November is also a beautiful month for Venice.

This tour was fantastic and we had an amazing guide. What can I say? this tour is perfect for those new to Venezia and looking for a bit of history, highlights, tips on what to see, do and eat. Thank you Denise for sharing with us. Love from Norway.

This was a great introduction and tour of Venice with local guide Denise. Her passion brought the city and history to life. Having traveled a lot and done many tours this was definitely one of the the best and most fun.

Great ride. An experience to do in Venice. There were only 4 of us on the gondola. Small tip: book your time slot during the sunset is magnificent.

Very beautiful. Having a guide caused us to find a greater appreciation for these places.