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Campo Santa Maria Formosa Tours

Campo Santa Maria Formosa
Tucked away from the crowded piazzas of Venice, Campo Santa Maria Formosa is a charming little square in the Castello district. With a handful of cafés, a co-op market, and local shops, Campo Santa Maria Formosa offers a nice reprieve from the tourist hustle of Venice and allows a glimpse into local life. 

The Basics
Named after the 15th-century church of the same name that borders the square, Campo Santa Maria Formosa is the perfect spot to enjoy a coffee and relax between tours or shopping.
The square’s peaceful vibe lets you slow down a bit and enjoy the true spirit of Venice. You can tour Santa Maria Formosa Church, browse the local shops, or just relax and people watch. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Campo Santa Maria Formosa is a true hidden gem in Venice. 
  • The delightful Castello town square offers a break from the hustle of Venice.
  • Feel like a local as you enjoy a cup of coffee and rest before continuing your Venice explorations.

How to Get There
Campo Santa Maria Formosa is located in the Castello district of Venice, a 5-minute walk northeast of St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco). To reach Campo Santa Maria Formosa, take vaporetto water bus line 1 or 2 to the Rialto stop and then make the short walk from the Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto). 

When to Get There
The streets of Venice are crawling with tourists during the popular summer months, so consider visiting between November and March to avoid the crowds. Head out early if visiting between April and October and seek out hidden sights like Campo Santa Maria Formosa for an authentic experience of Venice. 

Other Castello District Attractions 
Venice is divided into six districts or sestieri, each with its own distinct character. Castello is home to the Basilica of San Pietro di Castello and the Arsenale, the once mighty medieval shipyard complex that now hosts the Venice Biennale. Castello is the largest district, and in addition to major sights it has several relatively tourist-free pockets where you can experience the quieter side of Venice. 
Address: Castello District, Venice, Italy
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Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

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See the best of Venice in a day on a tour that combines a guided walk with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal. Hear the history of St. Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a guide, and visit St. Mark’s Basilica with a skip-the-line ticket to beat the long admission lines. Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s backstreets and charming canals, and then finish on a high note: a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.
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  • 3 hours
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Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro

Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro

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Discover the awe-inspiring St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice without the headache of long lines. Head to the front of the queue with your expert guide and step inside to admire the cathedral’s glittering gold mosaics and embellished domes. Explore other architectural highlights of St. Mark’s Square and learn about Venice’s history as a seafaring superpower and Italian cultural capital. You also escape to quieter backstreets to visit lesser-known attractions and gain insight into daily Venetian life.
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  • 2 hours
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Morning Walking Tour of Venice Plus Gondola Ride

Morning Walking Tour of Venice Plus Gondola Ride

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Combine a morning walk through Venice with a gondola ride for the perfect Venetian day. Get to know the canal city better with a guided tour led by an experienced local. Then watch the sights drift by from the water as you cruise through Venice in a gondola. This combined tour is an excellent way to experience Venice.
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  • 3 hours
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$71.90
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Venice Landmarks: Walking Tour Plus St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

Venice Landmarks: Walking Tour Plus St Mark's Basilica and Doge's Palace Tours

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See the most important attractions in Venice with this half-day walking tour of St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the neighborhood between St. Mark's and the Rialto Bridge. Walk the busy streets from St. Mark's to the Rialto area to learn more about these lively neighborhoods. Walk past the queues with skip-the-line access for a guided tour of St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace. Learn more about Venetian history at these two famous sights.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Welcome to Venice Small Group or Private Tour: Basilica San Marco & Gondola Ride

Welcome to Venice Small Group or Private Tour: Basilica San Marco & Gondola Ride

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Experience quintessential Venice on this walking tour, including a memorable gondola ride. See iconic landmarks like the Rialto Bridge and the House of Marco Polo; get a taste of local life at the Rialto Fish Market and explore historic neighborhoods like Cannaregio. Then, admire the palatial architecture of St. Mark’s Square, enter the magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica and soak up the scenery on a romantic gondola cruise. This small-group tour is limited for a personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours
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Venice Super Saver: Dolomite Mountains Day Trip and Skip-the-Line Venice in One Day Tour

Venice Super Saver: Dolomite Mountains Day Trip and Skip-the-Line Venice in One Day Tour

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Want to see the Dolomites, tour Venice and save money at the same time? Book this Venice Super Saver, which combines two best-selling tours at a 10-percent discount, and spread your sightseeing over two days. Start with a Dolomites day trip to visit Lake Santa Caterina, the ski village of Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo mountain range, and then take a tour of the Venice on the second day. Bypass the entrance lines outside St Mark’s Basilica, explore the city by foot and, finally, finish with a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.
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  • 2 days
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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride

Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride

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Get exclusive, skip-the-line access to the very best of Venice on a private, 6-hour walking and gondola tour of the city. Learn about Venetian art and culture as you trace a route from Piazza San Marco to the elaborate Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Discover the remarkable architecture and history of the Basilica San Marco, and continue through a series of churches, landmarks and picture-perfect highlights. Finish the day in true Venice style with a private gondola ride through the iconic canals of Venice.
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  • 6 hours
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4-Hour Venice Walking tour with Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica

4-Hour Venice Walking tour with Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica

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Saint Marks Basilica and the Doges Palace are two landmarks rarely left off any Venice Itinerary, but their popularity means that visitors often spend more time queuing outside than exploring inside. Visit both on this 4-hour tour, including skip-the-line entrance and a walking tour of romantic Venice.
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  • 4 hours
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Byzantine Venice Walking tour with Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica

Byzantine Venice Walking tour with Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica

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No visit to Venice is complete without a tour of the awe-inspiring architecture of St Mark’s Square. Escape the crowds and discover highlights of Venetian history with a guided, small-group walking tour. Explore the magnificent Doge’s Palace and photogenic bell tower, and skip the front of the queue to see the dazzling gilded interior of St Mark’s Basilica.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Morning Venice Walking Tour plus Doge's Palace Guided Visit

Morning Venice Walking Tour plus Doge's Palace Guided Visit

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Experience the history and majesty of Venice with this 3-hour combination tour, including a walking tour of the city plus a guided visit to the Doge's Palace. Let your knowledgeable guide show you the highlights of Venice, from St. Mark's Basilica to the Malibran Theatre. Then head inside the Doge's Palace for a look inside the government offices of the Venetian Republic's reign. Cross the famous Bridge of Sighs from the Doge's Palace.
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  • 3 hours 15 minutes
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First time in Venice

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First time in Venice

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First visitors will love this tour! Experience Venice with a native is the way to go! my experience will give you really the best chance for you to see as much as possible in 3 hours ! Try it! Saint Marrk square, Rialto, the off the beaten paths areas, the lovely corners, the impressive palaces... Come to see Venice with me!
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Private Treasure Hunt for Families in Venice

Private Treasure Hunt for Families in Venice

Explore Venice in a fun and family-friendly way on a private treasure hunt through the city’s most historic area, designed especially for families with kids age 11 and under. A search for clues around the city’s major landmarks keeps young travelers from getting bored, while adults get a break from the guidebooks as an entertaining guide leads the way.
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Private Tour: Beyond Saint Mark's Square Hidden Venice Walking Tour

Private Tour: Beyond Saint Mark's Square Hidden Venice Walking Tour

Explore some of Venice's hidden treasures during this private 2-hour walking tour. See lesser-known sights like Campo Santa Maria Formosa, the Libreria Acqua Alta, and the circular Bovolo Staircase.
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The best of Venice and Murano in one day private tour on foot and by boat

The best of Venice and Murano in one day private tour on foot and by boat

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If you only have a limited amount of time in Venice, this private tour ensures you spend it wisely. Explore the city and Murano by foot and by boat and enjoy the flexibility of customizing the tour to your interests and skipping the line at such top attractions as the basilica of St Mark's Basilica.
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Venice minor and the masks

Venice minor and the masks

The visit will allow you to discover a "minor" Venice, but splendid in its characteristic corners of the Castello district and to see some typical activities such as one of the most original existing bookstores and a craftsman who makes masks by hand.
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Hidden Venice private tour, art and craft

Hidden Venice private tour, art and craft

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The huge crowds in Venice can make sightseeing an overwhelming experience—especially in large groups. Opt for the stress-free alternative of exploring a less crowded part of Venice, on a private tour with just your party and a guide. Benefit from a guide’s navigation skills when exploring a labyrinth of narrow streets in the Castello area. It’s a great way to see local craftsmanship—watch a glass-making demonstration, and visit a mask maker too.
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  • 3 hours
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Venice "basics" - An orientation tour

I was born and raised here so I am truly Venetian and know every little corner of it. You will see Venice through the eyes of a local and will get plenty of information about where eating, what to do and what to avoid!!!
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  • 2 hours 10 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Morning Venice Walking Tour plus St Mark's Basilica Guided Visit

Morning Venice Walking Tour plus St Mark's Basilica Guided Visit

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See the best of Venice with a 2.5-hour combined walking tour of some of the hidden parts of the city and a skip-the-line visit to St. Mark's Basilica. Enjoy seeing some of the hidden gems many visitors miss in the most popular parts of Venice from St. Mark's Square to the Rialto Bridge. Take in the gorgeous mosaics inside St. Mark's Basilica, including the rarely-seen Golden Pall.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Venice for families with children

Venice for families with children

This tour is excellent for families with small and elder children, that want to learn about Venice having fun on an interactive experience for the whole family. Under the guidance of a local and licensed tour guide, you will enjoy a nice walking tour around the less beaten tracks as well as some of the city highlights. There will be a break along the way, eating the best gelato in Venice or drinking a nice cup of hot chocolate. Then, you will be introduced to the history of the original meaning that is behind the Carnival and the masks and you will be escorted to the atelier, where artisans still make them in papier-mache by hand. There, you will be able to choose the mask that you want to decorate and take with you. (The workshop is about 1 hour long and the price of it is not included and is 38 euros per person. It's not mandatory to take part in the workshop). This tour is a right mix, funny and informative at the same time for the entire family.
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  • 3 hours
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Private tour for families with children in Venice

Private tour for families with children in Venice

If this is your first time in Venice with your family and you are afraid that the little ones would be bored making a guided tour, this is just what you are looking for! You will have fun visiting the most popular places and some of the hidden ones, learning about the anecdotes and curiosities of this beautiful city. You will get some prizes along the way to keep the entire family interested and engaged, and we will have some short breaks to recharge yourselves and your children. You will be surprised at how, at the end of the tour, your little ones and you will be able to remember everything you learned, having a lot of fun and not realizing that the time just flew by.
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  • 3 hours
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$274.44
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Venice Carnival: walking Theatre Show - Venice Secret

Venice Carnival: walking Theatre Show - Venice Secret

When visiting Venice during Carnival, break away from the crowds and explore the city’s rich past in an unusual way with a traveling performance. A costumed actor from the renowned Pantakin company brings to life the medieval traditions of the ‘Codega,’ leading visitors on an entertaining walking route through the city’s backstreets and legends.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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instagram shooting highlights out of the crowd

instagram shooting highlights out of the crowd

Enjoy the shooting tour of Venice to experience a more authentic side of the water city. If you need any tips on the camera of your mobile phone I will help you to use it better. Follow an unusual itinerary to discover some of the city’s most beautiful sights not normally included on regular tours. I will provide valuable information, (I have study architecture here in Venice) and curious anecdotes from the city’s long history.
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  • 2 hours
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$102.73
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Venetian Renaissance and Saint Marco Basilica Skip the Line Private Tour

Venetian Renaissance and Saint Marco Basilica Skip the Line Private Tour

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Understand what life was like during the Venice Renaissance on a private 2.5-hour tour. Perfect for history buffs, the extensive itinerary takes you beyond what you'd get on a typical group tour. Visit the Palazzo Grimani, Acqua Alta Bookshops, Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and more. This satisfying tour also includes a slice of traditional Venetian Tiramisu, along with skip-the-line entrance to St. Marco Basilica.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$200.13
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Private Tour: The Best of Venice with La Famiglia

Private Tour: The Best of Venice with La Famiglia

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It's often difficult to keep kids engaged on a sightseeing tour. This private tour, however, is specially tailored toward families and promises to keep younger visitors entertained through games and activities as you explore Venice
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  • 2 hours
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$148.60
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