Venice, Italy

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Overview

Explore Venice's lesser-known gems on this 3-hour walking tour. Led by a guide, stroll through the stalls of fresh produce at the Rialto Market, stopping at an osteria for a glass of wine and a few cicchetti (Venetian snacks). The head to the historic San Polo and Cannareggio districts, and cross over the Grand Canal on a gondola ride.
  • 3-hour walking tour of hidden Venice with a guide
  • Discover the history-rich parts of Venice that many visitors don’t get to see
  • Visit the old artisan quarters of the Rialto area and the historical red light district in Carampane
  • Sip a glass of wine and sample some traditional Venetians snacks at a local osteria
  • See Palazzo dei Camerlenghi, a former prison for tax evaders in the San Polo neighborhood
Meet your guide at Campo San Bartolomeo to kick off this 3-hour walking tour, beginning with a stroll through the Rialto Market, filled with fresh vegetable produce and seafood. After wandering the around the stalls, take a seat at a nearby osteria for a glass of wine and sampling of cicchetti (Venetian tapas).

Afterward, hop on a gondola for a ride across the Grand Canal. Venture on foot through the Cannareggio district to see one of the oldest churches in Venice, dating back to the 7th century. You'll also pass through the Castelletto area, known as the red light district of the medieval era.

Continue to the San Polo neighborhood, and admire the ornate, 16th-century Palazzo dei Camerlenghi along the banks of the Grand Canal. Despite its beautiful exterior, the palace was once greatly feared by small-time criminals during its days as a tax evaders’ prison.

After three hours of sightseeing, your tour will conclude by the Rialto Bridge.

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L
, Aug 2018

This ended up being a private tour as our group of 4 were the only ones. The guide was really informative and entertaining. We loved the market place. The glass of wine and selection of 2 nibbles each at the end was a nice finish to tour.

a
, Mar 2018

My wife and I loved this tour! It ended up being just the two of us and our tour guide Georgia. You could tell she loves what she does and loves Venice and wants to share it with others. She took us to places we never would have found by ourselves.

J
, Nov 2017

Our guide was amazing. She was so sweet and extremely knowledgable. We totally enjoyed our time.

h
, Nov 2017

Great way to see a different side to Venice. We had a group of 4 which was great. Very informative. Enjoyed it. Worth doing.

L
, Nov 2017

The walkabout was interesting but felt more fun could have been had with the Cicchetti and wine. Only one stop for this as opposed to what seemed should have been multiple stops.

C
, Nov 2017

With only 3 days in Venice and being seasoned travellers, we opted for something a little less touristy. Very difficult in a city that is virtually wall to wall tourists. Had a very good fortune to meet Cristina at exactly the spot indicated on the instruction. This day were a smaller group only 6 guests, so Cristina got to know us on a first name basis making us feel we were on a private tour. Over the next 4 hours our guide demystified and painted a fascinating picture of Venice, it's people, it's history, and it's status as a city that's a living museum. Highly recommend this tour and more importantly Cristina who really made this special.

C
, Oct 2017

Would have been great I am sure but unfortunately we missed this tour and I couldn't write a review without giving a rating. We allowed 45 minutes to make the 20 minute walk to the meeting point but Google Maps and I became very confused. I led us in a wide circle that ended no where near the starting point. When I rang the tour company to say we wouldn't make it, they very kindly tried to arrange a meeting point with the guide on the tour, but this was too hard to coordinate. I very much appreciate them trying though.
I strongly suggest purchasing a 3 paper map of Venice rather than relying on Google Maps if you need to be at a particular place and time as the narrow walkways and high buildings apparently interfere with the Google Maps signal.

N
, Oct 2017

Excellent tour in every way! Highly recommend this one.

S
, Oct 2017

Fabulous! Gina, our guide was great and so funny!

E
, Oct 2017

Loved this tour and our guide provided so much history. See the Rialto Market in progress and learning about the area was amazing included the finale of our special treats and wine. Would definitely recommend.


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