San Polo Tours

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San Polo is one of the oldest of Venice’s six districts, or sestieri, and home to many of the city’s most popular sites including the Rialto Bridge that connects San Polo to the San Marco side of the Grand Canal and the historic Rialto Market, a fascinating slice of Venetian life. 

The Basics
The San Polo district lies at the heart of Venice, hugging one of the wide bends in the Grand Canal. Guided walking tours of the San Polo area generally include Campo San Polo, the largest public square in Venice after San Marco, and the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto, said to be the city’s oldest church. The neighborhood is also home to the works of Tintoretto in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and in Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (the Frari Church), famous for its works by 16th-century painters Bellini and Titian. Private walking tours can easily be paired with a gondola ride and visits to Venice highlights like Saint Mark's Square.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The area around the Rialto is always busy, but walk a bit away from the Grand Canal and deeper into this charming neighborhood to discover the quieter streets.
  • Be sure to bring your camera, as San Polo is a particularly picturesque area of Venice.
  • San Polo tours are on foot, so wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat.
  • There are a number of excellent local restaurants and cafés serving cicchetti (Venetian tapas) in this district.

How to Get There
Cross the Rialto Bridge from the San Marco side of the Grand Canal to San Polo, or take vaporetto Line 1 to Rialto Mercato.

When to Get There
Venice is one of the most popular destinations in Italy and can be very crowded during the summer months. The best times of year to visit are early spring and late fall, when the city is less crowded but the weather is mild.

Venice's Sestieri
Venice has six districts, or sestieri: Castello, Cannaregio, Dorsoduro, San Marco, Santa Croce, and—the smallest—San Polo.
Location
Address: San Polo, Venice, Italy
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Venice Like a Local: Private Walking Tour

Find the authenticity of Venice on this 2-hour walking tour with an expert guide. Learn about the areas only locals know about – narrow alleys, charming canals and hidden churches. Explore beyond the usual sights of Venice to experience the city like a local.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride

Get exclusive, skip-the-line access to the very best of Venice on a private, 6-hour walking and gondola tour of the city. Learn about Venetian art and culture as you trace a route from Piazza San Marco to the elaborate Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Discover the remarkable architecture and history of the Basilica San Marco, and continue through a series of churches, landmarks and picture-perfect highlights. Finish the day in true Venice style with a private gondola ride through the iconic canals of Venice.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Tour: Venice Rialto Market, San Polo and Frari Church Walking Tour

Enjoy the personalized attention of a private guide as you discover Venetian history and highlights on this 2-hour walking tour. Wander through the charming backstreets and squares of the San Polo neighborhood, and step inside the spectacular Gothic Frari Church to admire masterpieces by Renaissance painters Titian and Bellini. Explore the city’s commercial heart with a visit to the open-air Rialto market, where Venetians have been buying fresh fish and fruit for centuries.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Awakening Venice

Designed for early birds, this morning tour allows you to appreciate the beauty and peace of Venice at daybreak. Stroll around a relatively empty St. Mark’s Square before the day’s crowds arrive, and breakfast like a Venetian with three stops for authentic Italian coffee and some of the finest pastries in town.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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