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Venice: Guided City Walking Tour With Medieval Prisons

1. Venice: Guided City Walking Tour With Medieval Prisons

Explore the narrow alleyways of Venice and learn about the city's darkest secrets on a walking tour with an expert local guide. Listen to captivating commentary about the Prisons' Palace in St. Mark's Square, and learn about the Lords of Night — the fearsome police of the Serenissima Republic, infamous for torturing their prisoners. Learn about the secrets of Casanova, and discover the treasures stolen from Constantinople, and the fraught relationship with the far-east. Unveil the mysteries of Marco Polo and the Silk Road. Go back through time with a mobile app that shows you a detailed reconstruction of what Venice looked like from the XI to the XVII centuries.

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St. Mark’s Square: Casanova’s Prison Walking Tour

2. St. Mark’s Square: Casanova’s Prison Walking Tour

Explore an amazing route through places that have never been visited until now. Enter the imposing courtroom and the dark cells of the old prisons of Piazza San Marco. You will learn what it meant to be a prisoner back in those days:  what prisoners ate, drank and where they slept. See actual graffiti left by inmates and listen to the story about Casanova’s exciting jailbreak. Hear the myths and legends that still live inside these cold walls and cells. Enjoy the explanation of the powerful Council of The Ten, which consisted of the highest Venice politicians, that oversaw the justice system in all Venetian domains.  Nowadays the prison’s palace that overlooks the stunning Riva Degli Schiavoni is the seat of the Artistic Circle, which offers its guests different cultural experiences and concerts. Yet still, you can feel the presence of the rich history when walking through the halls of the ancient prison.

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Venice: Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour

3. Venice: Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour

Join a unique evening walking tour and learn about the famous ghost and legends of Venice with a local guide. Discover the ghostly Castello and Cannaregio districts and uncover the city’s secrets and mysteries. Experience a tour that covers areas of Venice after dark that you might otherwise not have the courage to visit. See places that have been the scene of unexplained events and mysterious apparitions. Be led by your guide and explore hidden and supernatural corners of the city. Walkthrough the winding streets and eerie squares of Cannaregio and Castello districts. Listen for ghostly sounds coming outside the Malibran Theater. Hear the story of the unburied child, said to be seen in the murky lagoon. Visit an underground crypt that has been forgotten for years illuminated by the light of a candle. Hear some scary tales of more recent times that will keep you alert during your walk.

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Venice: Private Murders & Mysteries Tour

4. Venice: Private Murders & Mysteries Tour

Discover an entirely different Venice as you make your way through a labyrinth of narrow alleyways, where shadows linger and footsteps echo. Imagine a dark silent Venice with no lighting, eerie and spooky. Learn about the public executions in St. Marks Square, the inhumane mental asylums situated on the lagoon islands. Anecdotes of the courtesans, casinos and brothels and of course Casanova and 'the last kissing spot.' There's a story of the mysterious footprints, headless body and the head seen floating in a canal, the assassin alleyway and the murdered women dressed in white. Secret courtyards and architectural gems hidden in the silent alleys, such as the impressive spiral staircase. Finally, the story of the ill-fated Theatre, La Fenice and mystery of the last fire.

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Venice: 2-Hour Legends and Ghosts of Cannaregio Tour

5. Venice: 2-Hour Legends and Ghosts of Cannaregio Tour

Experience the mysterious atmosphere as night falls on the Cannaregio district of Venice. On this 2-hour tour a qualified guide will lead you to hidden corners and quiet places, while entertaining you with legends about this unique area. Your group will make its way through the maze of ancient narrow streets that visitors seldom see. Hear some of the darkest and most obscure stories about Venice. Learn about the ghosts of Cannaregio and of the continuous ghost appearances reported by the region’s current inhabitants.

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Venice: Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour with Wine and Food Tasting

6. Venice: Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour with Wine and Food Tasting

Join a unique evening walking tour and learn about the famous ghost and legends of Venice with a local guide. Discover the ghostly Castello and Cannaregio districts and uncover the city’s secrets and mysteries. Experience a tour that covers areas of Venice after dark that you might otherwise not have the courage to visit. See places that have been the scene of unexplained events and mysterious apparitions. Be led by your guide and explore hidden and supernatural corners of the city. Walk through the winding streets and eerie squares of Cannaregio and Castello districts. Listen for ghostly sounds coming outside the Malibran Theater. Hear the story of the unburied child, said to be seen in the murky lagoon. Visit an underground crypt that has been forgotten for years illuminated by the light of a candle. Hear some scary tales of more recent times that will keep you alert during your walk. Your tour also includes stops at three different local bars, where you will try a wine and type of cicchetti (snack) at each one.

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Venice: Poveglia Haunted History Private Tour

7. Venice: Poveglia Haunted History Private Tour

From the meeting point on Certosa, board the traditional Venetian boat to start your private guided tour. The first stop will be at the former quarantine center, Lazzaretto Vecchio, where between 1403 and 1630 it housed a hospital which cared for people during the plague. Explore the grounds as you learn about the functions of this building during the plague and as a military base. Next, take the chance to learn how to drive a handcrafted Venetian boat before heading to the highlight of the tour: Poveglia Island. Sail around the ancient island that first appears in the historical record in 421, and was populated until the residents fled warfare in 1379. The island has been unoccupied since 1968 and remains shrouded in mystery. Listen as your guide explains the history that has made this island so famous.

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Venice Legends & Ghosts: 2-Hour Walking Tour

8. Venice Legends & Ghosts: 2-Hour Walking Tour

After sunset a different Venice is revealed, as you’ll experience on this 2-hour evening walk. Discover the secrets of Venice after dark and its beauty and charm, and learn about some of the city's mysteries and legends. You’ll hear fascinating stories about Venice past and present from your expert guide as you make your way along centuries-old streets and by shimmering canals. Head off the beaten track and into some of the most intriguing and hidden corners of Venice. Listen to tales of the city’s history. Your passionate local guide will take you on this journey through Venice’s neighborhoods, and bring this magical city to life.

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Venice: Private Ghost Tour and Gondola Ride

9. Venice: Private Ghost Tour and Gondola Ride

Venture into the darker side of Venice on a private ghost tour after dark, and hear stories from its bloody past as you creep down dank alleys that still fire the imagination. Meet your guide in the shadows of the church of San Giacomo di Rialto, before walking to the Rialto Bridge. They will take you through a mass of spooky alleys, telling of the spirits that lurk in hidden doorways along the way. Learn about the ghosts of the Campo della Fava. Go to Marco Polo’s house and hear about his Chinese wife. Visit San Gallo, site of one of the most terrible murders in the history of the city, and where the famous sculptor Antonio Canova died. If that’s not enough to get your heart racing, take a 30-minute gondola ride through the network of silent canals. Keep your nerve as the only noise you hope to hear will be the sound of paddles touching water… Your guide will continue to spook you as you sail under the Bridge of Sighs, where captured criminals took their final walk. Cruise into the Campiello Querini, and see the Bell Tower in Santa Maria Formosa, designed to scare off the Devil. End at Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo, where the ghost of the Doge continues to haunt the city to this day!

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Venice: The Ghost & Legends Walking Tour

10. Venice: The Ghost & Legends Walking Tour

Starting in Campo San Bartolomeo, this 1.5-hour walking tour takes you to the hidden corners of Venice. A qualified guide will lead you through winding streets and eerie squares and tell you tales of mystery, murder and superstition. This tour covers areas of Venice after dark including hidden squares and darkened alleys, that otherwise you might not have the courage to visit. Walk through the Castello district as you learn about Venetian doges and noblemen. Hear about unrequited love, the ghostly sounds outside the Malibran Theater and tales of tragic deaths. Head to Campo San Giovanni and Paolo, and then walk along the foreboding Fondamenta Nuova, across from a cemetery. Hear the story of the unburied child, said to be seen in the murky lagoon. The tour ends in the Cannaregio district.

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What people are saying about Venice

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 120 reviews

Great tour! Our guide was very accommodating, kind and knowledgeable. We traveled with our 3yo in a stroller. Venice is full of stepping bridges, so it was a bit hard, but our guide kept a good pace so we could keep up and even offered to help. At the end of the tour he took the time to answer questions about local recommendations.

Graziella is a great guide and was very engaging. We really enjoyed the tour. Thank you!

Great tour of Venice its alley, to places we would never have seen. Just great

Christina was an excellent guide. Grear to see the 'back streets'

Great to get away from big crowds. Lots of knowledge