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Hidden Venice Walking Tour

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"Worth going on" mr stephen calder


  • See the Venice which most visitors never see
  • Your walking tour is led by an English speaking guide


Leave the hustle and bustle of the popular hot spots in Venice behind to discover a Venice that is not very well known, but equally enchanting. The colourful Rialto market, the prison where tax evaders served time, the red light district and the old houses of Venice are fascinating. Listen to engrossing stories as you walk through streets and narrow passageways of the city that has delighted millions of visitors.


Your English-speaking guide will be waiting for you at the top centre of the Rialto Bridge at 1130h (11:30am), from where you will start your walking tour.

Leave the hordes of tourists behind and discover the Venice of your dreams as you navigate a fascinating labyrinth of narrow alleyways punctuated by delicate bridges and enchanting canals.

Explore the lively and colourful market area of the Rialto and learn of the legend of the hunchback of San Giacomo. Pass by the old locandas, where the merchants would sojourn and encounter the famous Venetian courtesans in the old red light district of Venice, that is home to the notorious "Ponte delle Tette".

Enjoy a guided walk through a labyrinth of streets and narrow passageways in the old artisans quarters of Venice and listen to numerous stories of the illustrious merchants and their acts of cruelty. During this walk, you'll see some of the oldest houses in Venice, quaint picturesque bridges and palaces, an old prison for tax evaders and learn about how life used to be in Venice and how life is today for the modern day Venetians.

Visit the important Frari Church, hidden away in the San Polo district of the city, home to masterpieces of Titian & Bellini as well as an imposing funeral monument by Canova. The most important church in Venice after the Basilica of San Marco.

The tour ends at the Frari Church at around 1330h (1:30pm).

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  • Worth going on

    Very good tour, very informative and the tour guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable and made it fun. We packed in several tours over two days and were worried in case...

    Mr Stephen Calder
  • Great experience and very knowledgeable guide

    Great 2 hours with a great guide who told us things we would never have found out ourselves...

    Mrs J Milarvie
  • Really good and great way to see parts you wouldn't...

    We were very happy with our tour. Our tour guide was so energetic and you could tell that she loved Venice and talking about it. We learnt a few about the history and many...

    Mrs B J Bell
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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

01 Apr - 30 Apr: Sunday
01 May - 20 Jul: Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday
21 Jul - 07 Sep: Sunday
08 Sep - 18 Oct: Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday


2 Hours

Start time

1130h (11:30am)
Duration: 2 hours

Meeting point

Meet your guide at the top centre of the Rialto Bridge.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

The tour ends at the Frari Church

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  • English speaking local expert guide
  • Guided walking tour


  • Entrance to the Frari Church
  • Hotel pick up & drop off


Do wear comfortable footwear as a moderate amount of walking is involved in this tour.

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Please note

Please call the local activity operator anytime between 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday to Saturday, atleast a day prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.

Your tour guide will be holding a sign with the name of the tour written on it

Your guide will be waiting for you at the top centre of the Rialto Bridge.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
  • This tour can easily be taken by those arriving in Venice as part of a cruise. Most cruise companies offer water taxi transfers into St Marks Square (approx 10 minutes) from where you can take a pleasant 10 minute walk to the Rialto Bridge which is clearly signposted. Alternatively if you have more time and would like to explore the enchanting back streets of Venice you can walk in around 50 minutes.
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