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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

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What You Can Expect

Hidden Venice Half-Day Walking Tour with Rialto Market Cicchetti and Wine

See the lesser-known sights of Venice on a walking tour!

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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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

My daughter and I took this tour and found it incredibly worthwhile. There were just a total of 5 of us on this tour. Barbara was our tour guide unfortunately I don't remember her last name She was fun, lively and very knowledgeable and informative. We started out by exploring the Rialto market area but then also explored areas that were off the beaten path from the typical touristy spots. Barbara had funny and informative stories to tell along the way. Our tour ended at the Friar Church, definitely one of the highlights of the tour!! We were so glad we had a tour guide with us while we explored the Friar Church. In total I would highly recommend this tour.

Gae R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Arianna is the perfect tour guide. Full of personality and fun and useful information. She pointed out lots of neat shops and restaurants. One of those we ate at and the food and service were spectacular!

Sally W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great insights into the history of the architecture of Venice, the formation of the city and other interesting facts. Our guide was lovely and the tour was worthwhile.

Brenda S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour was an absolute joy, our guide was very friendly and informative. The 2 hours flew by and finished at a perfect time for us to find lunch. Would highly recommend this tour. Thank you.

Chris Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide Suzanna was very good, we learnt so much about the history of Venice, thank you very much for a wonderful tour. Highly recommended!

William M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful! Wonderful! Our guide was wonderful,moo! Sadly, I do not remember her name because I want to give her a shout out. You guys behind the scenes, check out who she was and please give her a shout out for us. We loved the market and our guide was most generous with her impressions and recommendations. Very much fun! Venice is so wonderful!

Carmela M United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour. Guide very entertaining and informative. I have been to Venice several times and found it really interesting seeing areas that were off the beaten track. Lina Glasgow.

Martine s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great guide very interesting prompt on time very knowledgeable will definitely recommend and use again

Donald E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide took us to some really out-of-the-way places where there were NO crowds. Very interesting time. Learned a lot of unusual facts.

Janine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour is very informative and you see another side to Venice. I thinks its a must if you want to see another side to Venice and understand some of its history.

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