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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.

Highlights

  • Two-hour private walking tour of the Rialto market, San Polo and Frari Church
  • Vibrant Rialto fruit and fish market
  • Artworks by Titian and Bellini at the Frari
  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Venice Rialto Market, San Polo and Frari Church Walking Tour

Rialto Fruit and Fish Market, San Polo and Frari Church Private Walking Tour

Discover the artistic heritage and commercial history of Venice on this private tour. Your friendly, English-speaking guide will answer all your questions and provide personalized insights so you can get the most out of your time. After meeting your guide in central Venice, head to the San Polo neighborhood for a visit to the famous Frari Church. Admire the impressive Gothic exterior, and then step inside to see paintings by Renaissance masters Bellini and Titian and an altarpiece by neoclassical sculptor Canova. 
Next, walk around the buzzing Rialto district, the historic hub of Venetian trade and commerce. Take in the sights, smells and sounds of the Rialto market, where Venetians have been gathering to buy and sell fresh fish, produce and other specialty goods for more than 600 years. Browse stalls piled high with locally caught fish and fresh regional produce, and observe the high-energy exchanges of local shopping.
At the end of your 2-hour tour, you can continue exploring the many shops and cafés around the Rialto on your own, equipped with new insight into the daily life and fascinating history of Venice!

Customer Reviews

catherinerhoff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Really enjoyed this tour, even though we had terrible weather. Our guide was great!

Kyle F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our guide was great and very knowledgeable about Venice. Told us all the history as well as was very friendly and held great conversation!

Johannah L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Our guide, Massimo, was simply wonderful: prompt, personable, knowledgeable and flexible, adapting to what we had already visited and leading us to interesting parts of Venice, that we would never have found on our own. Full marks for him.

Tassietrude

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

A great tour which was quickly altered to suit our group and the previous experiences we have had in Venice (as I think our guide thought it was our first time). Lots of photo opportunities and I even managed to sneak into a shop and buy a handbag! A lovely tour, taken at our own pace with lots of information and interesting facts.

Tammy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2013

Nice tour!

George V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Our tour guide was excellent. Our tour group only consisted of 4 people.

Catherine H USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2009

Great tour and the tour guide was very informative.

Wayne S

4 star rating: Recommended July 2013

Maria was great. Knew her stuff. Showed us around while avoiding the huge crowds that swarmed for the festival. Then made sure to escort us to people mover and tell us how to get back to ship.. thoroughly enjoyed this tour.

Christy G USA

4 star rating: Recommended May 2009

We really enjoyed this tour. The tour guide knew where everyone goes to shop and eat. The guide did seem a little puzzled at first when he read our voucher. Kind of like he didn't know what he was supposed to show us. A little disappointed that we didn't go into any of the churches listed. We just saw the outside of them. Seeing the fish and food market was great. Definitely worth doing.

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