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Secret Venice & Gondola Tour

Secret Venice & Gondola Tour

From £37.43 per person

Enjoy a guided walking tour of the lesser-known piazzas of Venice and admire the harmonious Renaissance architecture of the exquisite buildings. Learn fascinating facts about their history and functions, and end with a sublime gondola ride.

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Duration 2 hours
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English, Italian


  • Explore a lesser known side to Venice
  • See hidden piazzas and palaces
  • View the stunning Fenice Theater from the outside
  • Go to the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo and admire its exterior staircase
  • Take a tranquil gondola ride along some of Venice's canals
Full description
Explore a lesser-known side of Venice on a 2-hour tour of the city’s hidden piazzas and palaces. In the company of a professional multilingual guide, you will set off from the Venice Pavillon, in front of the Royal Gardens near San Marco Square and stroll for approximately 90 minutes through little squares and down narrow canal-side streets. Head for the world-famous Fenice Theatre, completely restored inside after the disastrous fire of 1996. See San Fantin Church, a harmonious Renaissance building built initially by Scarpagnino and extended by Sansovino. You will then proceed towards Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo to view its unusual spiral staircase overlooking the tiny courtyard. The tour ends back near San Marco Square, where you will swap land for water and enjoy a 30- minute gondola ride along some of Venice’s beautiful canals.
  • Guided tour
  • Gondola ride
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    • Comfortable shoes

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    • German language tour is available on Monday and Friday only. Spanish tour is available every day.
    • Tour is not suitable for the handicapped.
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    3.9 /5

    based on 152 reviews

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    A completely positive experience, a guide available to understand our needs and very well prepared on history as well as current events. A tip: between the walking tour, the transfer to the gondola and the gondola tour, the total time of the visit is well over 3 hours. To be taken into account if you have trains to catch or other appointments

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    26 July 2020

    Great visit, private because post confinement ... No other people ... So personalized and suitable for children! Very welcoming, patient, interesting guide! A little history, a little wink, a little walking, a little advice and end with the gondola ... The best! Meeting place changed but notified by email ... Very well organized!

    23 June 2020

    Very interesting tour

    We liked the guide, she was Venetian, i think it was Giovanna. She was very informative and helpful. The gondola ride was shared with others which was fine for us. Be careful of pickpockets though, 1 girl on our tour was pickpocketed-she had her backpack on her back so it was easy for them to access but not long after they came running up to her and returned her wallet-she wasnt sure why.

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    20 September 2017

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    Product ID: 1913