Venice, Italy

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clock-o2 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 5 more

Overview

Explore Venice’s lesser-known artistic and architectural treasures on this 2-hour private walking tour. Your local guide will lead you through a labyrinth of narrow backstreets to discover fascinating churches, squares and other landmarks that lie off the beaten path. Learn the history of these sites and admire their stunning artistic elements while you enjoy the personalized experience of a private tour.
  • Two-hour private guided walk through Venice
  • Focus on the art and architecture of Venice
  • Stained-glass window of San Giovanni and Paolo church and beautiful Miracoli church
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your tour escort and expert English-speaking guide on this special private walking tour of Venice
  • Choice of morning and afternoon walking tours
  • Professional commentary provided by your expert English-speaking guide
Discover masterpieces of Venetian art and architecture beyond the crowds of St Mark’s Square. After meeting up with your guide in central Venice, head out into the city’s quieter side streets and narrow passageways. 

Visit the glorious San Giovanni and Paolo church, which boasts impressive Gothic architecture and the largest stained-glass window in Venice. Other tour stops include the narrow Miracoli church, with its beautifully restored, early Renaissance façade, and the former home of famed Venetian merchant and explorer Marco Polo.

As you wander along narrow canals and across charming footbridges, your guide will explain the political and cultural forces that helped shape Venice’s unique artistic legacy. Feel free to ask all the questions you want as you enjoy the customized nature of a private tour. After about 2 hours of exploring, you will have a new appreciation for the amazing sights and structures of Venice.

Reviews

Viator Traveller's Reviews

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W
, Nov 2017

We got a lot more cultural history and less art and architecture than we expected. Still the tour was valuable and enjoyable. Our guide arrived promptly and went out of her way to get us to our next destination, very sweet. We were a group of 4, vox boxes were not used which made it a little challenging for one member of our group who was hearing impaired. Viator should be sure every group no matter how small has access to these.

M
, Nov 2016

Our tour day was gray and a bit rainy which, unfortunately, set the mood. Tour rather perfunctory and uninspired.

A
, Jun 2016

Not a must-do tour.Some buildings of interest were pointed out to us.Majority of tour focused on the S.Giovanni church where we spent over an hour looking at every wall.We were told how old things were, who did them and that they were "beautiful" but we failed to learn why.Entry should be included!

A
, May 2016

This tour was amazing , MARIE THERESE , guide very wise , calm , and smart !
I recommend !

V
, Jan 2016

Unfortunately this wasn't quite the tour I'd hoped it was. I enjoyed the first part walking through the streets and learning a little about 1 or 2 buildings but felt that a lot of the buildings were overlooked. We stopped at a beautiful Church that I'd actually studied whilst at University but the questions I had couldn't be answered. Any other buildings we passed that looked beautiful were only mentioned in passing, I asked for more but nothing. There were also some difficulties with language translations and I couldn't always understand the guide- thankfully I and my mum speak a little Italian so could translate the odd unrecognised word for the group. The tour seemed to go down hill further after we entered San Giovanni. Now I love religious Art, and particularly sculpture.So this place should have been ideal for me. But the guide made it dull and boring, I found myself chipping in to keep my partner entertained. There was so much more that could have been said on interesting pieces that the guide didn't want to discuss. So we followed her to her favourite pieces and were given information that was not only confusing to understand but extremely uninteresting. I really did not feel this tour was worth the money as I could have gained more insight on buildings from a guide book and could have given the tour of the church a miss.

After the guide left us outside the church, my group decided to go sit in a cafe and have a few drinks as we didn't feel we'd had fun and felt drained.

I left feeling it was a waste of money, and as it was a gift for my Dad's birthday I was thoroughly disappointed.

S
, Jun 2015

The tour guide knowledgeable and good English

S
, Apr 2015

Our guide Iffygenia was amazing! She was able to bring the architecture to life for us! My Mother is 80years old and we needed to cut out certIn aspects to help her to manage but finishing up in St Mark's square for a coffee was right up our street and we ended up staying most of the afternoon!

J
, Mar 2015

This tour was amazing!

G
, Sep 2014

We enjoyed this tour. Our guide was well informed and took us places we would have never found on our own.

M
, Sep 2014

Very well informed guide who was happy to discuss any aspect of Italian history, culture and politics as well as the introduction to Venetian Art and architecture we had expected. He was flexible and accommodating tailoring the tour to our interests. Had we visited the churches we did without him we would have missed so much...pointing out detail and anecdote which would have otherwise passed us by. Our children (8 and 13) also thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I would recommend this tour for anyone visiting Venice.


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