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. Cross over the Grand Canal in a gondola to the colourful Rialto market and San Polo district, 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. Also, visit a Venetian osteria and savour Ciccheti and wine.
01 Apr - 31 Oct: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
2.5 hours to 3 hours
Campo San Bartolomeo near the statue in the middle of the square.
Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.
The tour ends at the Rialto bridge
Your English-speaking guide will be waiting for you at Campo San Bartolomeo near the statue in the middle of the square, 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.
You will visit little squares that formerly were oar workshops for the gondolas. Venture through to the Cannareggio district to see one of the oldest churches in Venice that dates from 7th Century and was restored in Renaissance times.
Next, get on a gondola and cross the Grand Canal to reach the other side of Venice – Rialto and San Polo District.
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, home to the notorious "Ponte delle Tette".
At Rialto, you will visit a Venetian osteria and taste few Cicchetti with a glass of wine.
Moving forward you will head further in to the Hidden Venice and explore the secret areas of the San Polo district, which was the main trading centre for spices, precious fabrics, silk and many other goods.
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.
The tour will conclude back by the Rialto bridge.
Voucher Information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)
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.
Unfortunately, this tour is not suitable for people with mobility problems.
Wear comfortable footwear as this tour involves a lot of walking. However, please advise while booking so that alternative routes could be arranged.