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  • Location: Venice, Italy
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See the top Venice attractions in a short space of time on this comprehensive Best of Venice walking tour! With an expert guide, see sights like Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), and then enjoy a tour of St Mark's Basilica, to which you’ll have skip-the-line access.

If you want to see more, upgrade to include a Doge's Palace tour! Explore its opulent public rooms, see the Bridge of Sighs and learn about the doges, who ruled Venice in bygone times.

Highlights

  • 2-hour walking tour of Venice's top attractions
  • Discover St Mark's Square, Rialto Bridge and the former house of Marco Polo
  • Skip the long lines at St Mark's Basilica with fast-track entrance
  • Tour St Mark's Basilica and its terraces, where you'll see views of St Mark's Square below
  • Upgrade to include a Doge's Palace tour with your expert guide

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What You Can Expect

Skip the Line: Best of Venice Walking Tour including Basilica di San Marco

See Rialto Bridge on a walking tour of Venice!

Your 2-hour Venice walking tour starts at an iconic Venice attraction -- the elegant Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) -- a favorite sight for many and the oldest bridge in Venice. From this beautiful marble landmark you'll head off with your guide, listening to fascinating anecdotes and stories about the city as you walk.

Pass Marco Polo's house, and hear tales of this popular Venetian explorer and his seafaring adventures. You'll walk through lively Venice squares, including Campo San Luca and Campo SS Giovanni Paolo, and see locals going about their daily business shadowed by the city’s historic structures of varying architectural styles.

Next visit St Mark's Square, a highlight of any trip to Venice. As you stroll around this must-see square, you'll see Doge's Palace with its distinctive, white-limestone facade. Giancomo Casanova, Venice's legendary lover, was once held captive in the palace’s prison.

Continue to St Mark's Basilica, a place of worship that's often considered the finest example of Byzantine architecture in the world. Skip the long lines outside the basilica for a rare tour of its second level and terraces. Be sure to bring your camera to capture views of the bustling piazza below!

Upgrade to a small-group tour (3-hour duration and 2pm start):
Keen to see all these Venice sights in a small-group of no more than 10 people, and enjoy a Grand Canal water taxi ride? Then upgrade and hop aboard a luxury water taxi and see the delights of Venice's Grand Canal on a 1-hour sightseeing tour. Follow this with a small-group walking tour, seeing all the sights listed in the standard tour plus Bovolo Staircase and Goldoni Theatre.

Upgrade to include a tour of Doge's Palace:
More time to spend? Upgrade to include a 1.5-tour of Doge's Palace. Enjoy skip-the-line access and a guided tour of the palace's ornately decorated public rooms. See incredible Renaissance art, including ceiling frescos by Tintoretto and the Veronese masterpiece Virtues of the Republic. As you walk through the Trial Chambers of the Council of Ten, see the corner of the room where accusations of treachery were passed to the secret service. Your Doge's Palace tour ends at the palace's Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), named to signify prisoners’ weary sighs as they caught their last sight of beautiful Venice.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

There are not enough stars to give this tour! Susanna our guide was just too good! Our hotel was right across the street, literally, from the Vatican Museum and if you don't do a skip the line, you will be wasting a lot of your day waiting in a long, long line! We skipped the lines for everything and Susanna was like a walking encyclopedia of information about the history of all parts of Vatican and Basilica history. The Sistine Chapel was incredible and we walked right in! NO PICS in the Sistine, some overzealous employee descended from what seemed like the heavens to accuse me of taking pictures (no tour guides are allowed in with you) and he insisted! I was not, but I did have my cell phone out, I showed him I wasn't taking pictures, he was still rude SO DON'T ATTEMPT PICTURES IN THE SISTENE CHAPEL! As for the tour, not enough words to tell you about the awesomeness of the whole thing...just too good at their jobs for sure!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

The guide was very knowledgeable well prepared
She brought the tour to life with her local anecdotes

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