This tour had a good balance of walking around the many little streets behind St Mark's and showing us a side of Venice that many tourists don't see. Then there was the visit to St Mark's, which was quick, but enough for us to appreciate its splendour and its problems with water and 'acqua alta'. Our guide, Marina, is a young, enthusiastic Venetian who speaks English very well. She gave us the additional bonus of a Venetian view of life in this remarkable city, which is otherwise difficult for tourists to hear. She also explained the mysteries of the whole gondola experience, how one becomes a gondolier and so on. We very much enjoyed this tour.
I personally did not go on the tour but 8 of our people did and they said it was really good. I have done the tour several times before. They all praised the tour guide highly and said it was extremely interesting. Thanks for continuing to produce a quality introduction to Venice.
The guise was very knowledgeable and pleasant...spoke a little too fast, but we were able to follow.
With only 2 full days in Venice, we decided to book a tour of St, Mark's and a walking tour for Saturday morning. We are so glad we did, and our tour guide Rosanna was very pleasant and helpful for getting us inside at the right time, as there was always other competitor tour groups all trying to get into the Basilica at the right time. I had to check in our back-pack along with a couple of others from our tour, so she directed us to the place to check them in. Didn't take long at all, and went in pretty quickly. It really is an amazing Church with all the gold mosaic murals all over the walls and ceilings. The 12 Apostles and Mark are all dark in colour from all the candles that used to be used to illuminate the inside. Rosanna always had answers for our questions, and she pointed out numerous things that we would have never uncovered by ourselves! The tour of the streets heading over to the Rialto area was fantastic also, and she taught us how to walk on the right side, so the people of Venice can go about their busy lives, and get to where they are going in a timely manner. Thank you for providing us with such a fantastic guide!
Marina was an amazing tour guide!!! She was very informative and we never bored of her stories and interesting information! She was friendly and the tour was well worth it! Don't miss this one!
Not so big on the history,but enjoyed everthing. The tourguide gave us a lot of venetian tales and information you wil find on books. Tx
This was a fabulous tour,our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. This was everything we had wanted for our tour.
My only suggestion is to improve the directions to the tour meeting place. Should inform people the Garden is on the lagoon side of the museum.
This was a great tour. Out tour guide was born, raised and lived in Venice her entire life. She took us thru the residential areas and told us how the People in Venice live. She explained about how the water comes up and how they deal with it. It showed us another side of Venice that we would not have even thought about had we not taken this tour. We finished the tour with a visit to St Marks Basilica. I would highly recommend this tour.
We were very happy with this tour. It is about the right length, especially for a hot day, which it was, and the guide, Gina, was very congenial and informative.
Very well organised and our guide Francesco was very informative and knowledgable......a really lovely guy. It was great not having to queue in the hot sun and able to skip the queue.
The tour was as advertised and occurred without any glitches. Our guide was interested and informative.
Our tour leader Antionetta was a wonderful guide, full of local knowledge of this beautiful part of Venice.She made the walking tour come alive, giving us valuable information and knowledgable insights re times and periods. It was a great tour. Thanks again Antionetta.
It was absolutely worth it to take this tour so that we didn't have to wait in the long lines outside of St. Mark's Basilica. Our tour guide was great and knowledgeable.
This was a great way to see Venice in a couple hours and get an insider look. Our tour guide was very knowledgable, she walked us around town and was indeed able to keep us away from most of the crowds (and it was CROWDED!). The value for your money is definitely there. The only thing was we were hoping to spend a little more time inside St. Mark's and explore the amazing basilica.
Not only did we skip that long line, we were given a lovely tour of the basilica. The lead up walking tour was extremely informative, interesting and entertaining. A must for Venice!
This tour is a must do - well worth the money.... The tour guide was very informative and it was great to skip the large queues at the basilica. We enjoyed it and would definitely recommend doing it
Really great tour, guide was v.knowledgeable. St Marks was amazing and got in super quick (normal queue was 2 hours long!). Definitely worth doing!
We would strongly recommend this to anyone visiting Venice. The tour guide was excellent and the value for money spent was also excellent!
Excellent tour. learned a lot during our excursion around the Basilica and surrounding area. Our guide was very knowledgeable.
An excellent good value for money tour. The guide struck the correct balance of informing without trying to make us world experts on Venice. A good use of your time and skipping the queue is an absolute must unless your holiday is a 'standing in line break'.