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Hidden Venice Walking Tour

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Key Highlights

  • See the Venice which most visitors never see
  • Your walking tour is led by an English speaking guide
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Apr - 30 Apr: Sunday
    01 May - 16 Jul: Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday
    17 Jul - 04 Sep: Sunday
    05 Sep - 15 Oct: Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday
    16 Oct - 31 Oct: Sunday

    Duration

    2 Hours

    Start time

    11:30am

    Meeting Point

    Meet your guide at the top centre of the Rialto Bridge.
    Waterbus N 1 and N 2 will take you to Rialto. Climb the flight of steps to reach the top of the bridge and await for your guide right in the middle with a sign with the name of the tour written on it.

    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

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    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.

    Itinerary

    Your English-speaking guide will be waiting for you at the top centre of the Rialto Bridge at 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 1:30pm.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • English speaking local expert guide
    • Guided walking tour

    Exclusions

    • Entrance to the Frari Church (Euro 3,00 per person)
    • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Please note & Additional info

    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.

    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.
  • Reviews
    • A great way to familiarize yourself with the history, culture and current events related to this beautiful city. Our guide was very knowledgeable and interacted well with her...

      Mr Alyn T How
    • Understanding venice

      Amazing history lesson told by a pationate friendly venetian guide. So nice to go on a tour away from the main famous sites and to discover how Venice used to work. Be aware it...

      mrs esther e ball
    • A very friendly and informative walking tour.

      Our guide Sylvia was both friendly and very knowledgeable. It was like being taken round Venice by friend from Venice (which she was) who wanted you to get the most of her city....

      gledwards
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