Venice Art & History Tours Reviews
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This tour was the highlight of our trip. The guide was excellent...very thorough and enthusiastic! Don't miss this tour.
This tour is in 2 parts - a 3 hour walking tour and a one hour boat tour later in the day. The walking tour is excellent - skip the line is really worthwhile as the lines are huge. The walking tour is quite draining (we had a very hot day). You will need to take water but beware- public toilets are nowhere to be found! You will need to buy a drink in a cafe to use the toilets. The boat tour gave a totally different perspective - much smaller group (about 6) and our guide was very knowledgable. We only had a limited time in Venice - this tour enabled us to make the most of our time.
The only way to go. Missed the huge crowds, got in quickly, and was very interesting to see behind the scenes. Excellent tour guide.
Reply by Viator, May 2013
Doing what: Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica
This is an excellent tour to take part in if you are a first-time visitor to Venice, as me and my boyfriend were. Our tour guide, Nicoletta, was very friendly and informative, and the tour was exactly what we needed to get to know our way around the San Marco/Rialto area.
Although our visit to the Basilica was only brief, the guide was informative and it gave us a good overview of the main points of this beautiful place. If you're into your religious and art history its definitely worth a second, longer visit- although you'll have to wait in line!
Overall, this was an excellent tour with a great overview of interesting nuggets of information about Venice's many beautiful and historic buildings, as well as a great way to get to know the area for yourself. Highly recommended, and Nicoletta was a fantastic guide.
This tour operated precisely on time and exactly as advertised. The guide was very knowledgeable and organized. The "secret" part of the tour leads through fairly plain offices in which the business of the Venetian Republic was transacted, as well as to the cells for political prisoners and the torture chamber. It included a view right up under the rafters of the palace, so that one could see the construction of the roof and how the cieling of the main audience chamber was supported. All of this was interesting up to a point (the offices are quite plain and rather cramped), but we felt that the time allocated to the secret offices limited the time devoted to the extraordinary, public rooms of the palace which are stunning. Note that the important rooms of the palace are on the upper floors and require climbing a number of staircases before your tour really begins. Backpacks and large camera cases are not permitted in the palace.
In terms of history etc I unfortunately don't feel I got a great tour, the headsets were not good and although the guide spoke good English, I had to be looking at him to understand him. But, tour was worth doing because its so easy to get lost and on limited time at least u kno u have seen the sites.
Slightly too much time spent on commentary in the 'secret areas' and insufficient time in the 'public areas'
We thoroughly enjoyed the walking tour of Venice. Our guide was knowledgeable and gave us so much information beyond just telling us what we were seeing. The history and current issues were so well covered, that we would have liked doing it again, just to absorb more of what we were learning. Definitely worth the money and time.
The guides were nice and proficient and the tour is very interesting.
Excellent tour, guide was very knowledgeable and nice.
Even though it was raining and cold that morning, the tour was excellent, tour guide was very nice and explained everything very well. Had a great morning!!!!!
Beautiful city, so many things to see, the water taxis are the best, good way to see things from the water, amazing.
I would recommend this tour. We were able to see the highlights of venice in one day which left other days to relax and enjoy this beautiful city on our own. The tour is in 2 sections. The morning is a walking tour, and the afternoon is a boat tour. This left time for a relaxing lunch on our own. We gained a very good understanding of the city and were able to fully enjoy the remainder of our time experiencing the beaufy, wine, and food of the city, as well as shopping.
This was the best of all the tours. Entry was before general admission so it was a great opportunity for taking photos which would have been impossible later. The tour really takes you to the parts of the building not accessible with a general ticket. We went right up into the roof space as the structure explains the absence of pillars in room below. Our guide was very good although by the time we got to main parts of the building think she had run out of things to say. Another trip to explain the main parts of the building would have been helpful as do not feel there was sufficient time to fully appreciate some of the art works but really recommend.
This was a good introduction to Venice and would be a good starter tour before embarking on more specialist tours such as Doges. There is a lot of walking on this tour, it is not stop not even time for a comfort break as it goes at a pace.
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