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Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto)
The Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) was the first to span Venice’s Grand Canal (Canal Grande) between its two highest points above sea level. The original 12th-century wooden bridge was replaced in 1592 by a stone structure resting on wooden pilings—a bold design by Antonio da Ponte featuring a single central arch over the water that allow ships to pass. Today, the bridge is among Italy’s most famous, carrying an endless stream of tourists and locals across the canal while countless gondolas and vaporetto water buses pass beneath.

The Basics
The Rialto is one of the most famous landmark bridges in Europe, and a popular and crowded Venice attraction connecting the San Marco district, home of St. Mark's Square, to the San Polo district, where Venice's famous fish market has stood for 700 years. The bridge is visited on nearly every walking tour through the "Floating City," along with other historic tourist attractions like the nearby Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale), Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri), and St. Mark's Basilica (Basilica di San Marco). For a unique view of the bridge far from the crowds, consider booking a Venice gondola ride or Venice Grand Canal evening boat tour to see the bridge from the water.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The bridge is lined with tiny shops and leads to the San Polo neighborhood, known for its market and gourmet stores; it’s an ideal spot for souvenir shopping.
  • The Rialto is a pedestrian bridge but has stairs on each side, so it is not accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

How to Get to There
The Rialto Bridge crosses the Grand Canal between the San Marco and San Polo districts, and can be reached by vaporetto water bus lines 1 and 2 via the Rialto stop. Along Venice's maze of tiny streets, there are signs and arrows painted on the walls at regular intervals pointing toward the Rialto.

When to Get There
The islands of Venice are crowded with tourists during the popular summer months, and it can be a challenge to navigate the crowds on the bridge. Take an early morning or late evening stroll if visiting between April and October, or book a private tour by boat along the Grand Canal.

The Grand Canal Bridges
The Rialto Bridge is one of four bridges that span the Grand Canal. The other three are the wood-and-steel Accademia Bridge (Ponte dell'Accademia), the modern Constitution Bridge (Ponte della Costituzione), and the marble ‘Bridge of the Barefoot’ (Ponte degli Scalzi).
Address: Ponte di Rialto, Venice 30125, Italy
Hours: Open every day, 24 hours a day.
Admission: Free
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Sightseeing Fun in Venice for Kids & Families w/Local Guide!

Sightseeing Fun in Venice for Kids & Families w/Local Guide!

Discover the unique beauty of Venice on this kid-friendly 2.5-hour walking tour. Let your guide entertain the kids with a fun treasure hunt that will allow them to learn about the sights and the history of the city, while you sit back and enjoy the ride. The small group tour starts at the spectacular Rialto Bridge and from here the journey begins. Venice is like making your way through a maze with narrow streets that all seem to look alike, over picturesque bridges, with something wonderful to see around every corner. It's sure to be a highlight for the kids. On the walk you'll visit the Rialto Market to tickle your appetite, see the statue of Goldoni in Campo San Bartolomeo, the ‘drawing room of Europe’, St Mark’s Square, the stunning St. Mark’s Basilica, Doge's Palace and see where Marco Polo once lived. This tour is ideal for young learners and curious explorers who are keen to know more about Venice and who love to hear fascinating stories.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$95.02
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Venice: Historic Walking tour, Saint Mark Basilica & Gondola ride

Venice: Historic Walking tour, Saint Mark Basilica & Gondola ride

An unforgettable experience to discover the real soul of the city! Start with a historic walking tour of the main highlights in Piazza San Marco as Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs or the Bell Tower and reach the imposing Rialto Bridge with its traditional markets. The tour proceeds with the fascinating gondola ride along the Grand Canal and its hidden canals where you’ll see the Mozart’s House, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, San Giorgio’s Island enjoying the breathtaking overview of Piazza San Marco from the water. At the end, the guide will bring you inside the Saint Mark's Basilica narrating the history behind the Cathedral, known as the Golden Basilica, due to many mosaics made with pure gold! The only Basilica Tour where you will enjoy part of the explanation comfortably seated in the middle of the church! You'll enjoy the skip the line access at the entrace and also for the Pala D'Oro. Later, enjoy the Audio guide with digital map to discover the more than 200 Venice Highlights!
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  • 3 hours
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$99.83
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Best of Venice Half Day Tour

Best of Venice Half Day Tour

Venice in a day? Plausible with our tailored walking tour. Covering three major districts of Venice – San Marco, San Polo, and Cannaregio you will soon be well introduced to the city. Your local expert will lead the way to the city’s highlights. St. Mark’s Square & Basilica, the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge. Demystify the fascinating history behind the landmarks and walk through the narrow alleys of the Ghetto. Inclusion of coffee in a peaceful neighbourhood campo, and even hop on a traghetto to cross the canal in the locals’ way!
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  • 4 hours
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$256.47
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Best walking tour of Venice: main sights & secret spots known only by the locals

Best walking tour of Venice: main sights & secret spots known only by the locals

You will see the main Venetian sights: Piazza San Marco and San Polo, the old Rialto Bridge, depicted on thousands of postcards, Bridge of Sighs, the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, the magnificent Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Our guide will tell you the story of the foundation of the city, reveal the secrets of building of the palaces and will make you fall in love with Venice forever. Meet your guide at your centrally located hotel in Venice. The tour is intended for those who are in Venice for the first time and want to see its most famous places. You will walk along the picturesque streets, feel the unusual Venetian spirit, hear interesting legends and learn the history of the founding of the city on the water. During the tour, you will also learn many interesting facts about gondolas, and finally, we will visit osteria and taste the variety of “chikketi” (traditional Venetian snacks).
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  • 3 hours
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$267.00
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Venice: Best of Venice Private Walking Tour

Venice: Best of Venice Private Walking Tour

Thanks to the elegance of its monuments, San Marco Square is rightly considered the great “Salotto,” or drawing room, of Venice. Explore the graceful heart of Venice on a 2-hour walking tour seeing San Marco’s beautiful buildings and Doge Palace from the outside. See the grand Old Law Courts and Clock Tower around St. Mark's Square, and learn all about the magnificent Basilica and Campanile. Continue to the Venetian Gothic Ducal Palace, the former residence of the Doges of Venice. The exquisite palace took on its present form in the 15th-century. Admire the beautiful white marbles of the loggiato, and really get to know Venice along the way. To be sure, this tour is the perfect way to get introduced to Venice's classical sights and learn the fascinating history of the City of Water.
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  • 2 hours
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3hours Venice walking tour

3hours Venice walking tour

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Discover the hidden gems of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Venice on this action-packed walking tour. With its narrow streets and 400 bridges, it can be easy to get lost in Venice, but you won’t have to worry about navigating, as a guide will lead the way. Learn local secrets, and visit multiple top sites in one day such as St. Mark’s Square, the Grand Canal, and Doge’s Palace.
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  • 3 hours
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$90.21
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Venice in a day - luxury

Venice in a day - luxury

this tour is the perfect combination to visit the most important attractions of venice in one day ... it's perfect for people traveling by train or by car from other cities and want to spend a full day in Venice. we will organize for you a Grand Canal boat tour to Murano, a visit of a famous glass factory, we will visit the colorful island of burano , then a city tour of venice's famous spot like San Marco square and Rialto bridge and a way back transfer to train station or to your hotel in Venice
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  • 6 hours
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$1,311.08
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Venice in a day

Venice in a day

this tour is the perfect combination to visit the most important attractions of venice in one day ... it's perfect for people traveling by train or by car from other cities and want to spend a full day in Venice. we will organize for you a Grand Canal boat tour to Murano, a visit of a famous glass factory, a city tour of venice's famous spot like San Marco square and Rialto bridge and a way back transfer to train station or to your hotel in Venice
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  • 6 hours
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$986.32
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Venice Walks

Venice Walks

Once a major maritime power, today Venice is a magical city that enchants visitors with historic canals, picturesque gondolas and unique views. Your private guide will meet you in the splendid St. Mark’s Square, where the walking tour begins. You will delve into the history, culture and traditions of the city, as you hit all the major attractions and top sights. Highlights include St. Mark’s Basilica, the 9th-century church with over 8000 sqm of brilliant mosaics, and the Doge’s Palace, the former residence of the ruler of the Venetian Republic and now home to a stunning museum. There will be also lots of bridges to cross, such as the famous 16th-century Rialto Bridge and the iconic Bridge of Sighs, and fantastic sestieri to explore, each with its own unique vibe.
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  • 2 hours
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$178.02
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$178.02
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Venice Quick Overview: City Center Walking Tour with Local Guide

Venice Quick Overview: City Center Walking Tour with Local Guide

Spend two hours of your stay in Venice by joining our small group tour of the highlights of one of the most fascinating cities in Italy. You will meet your local English-speaking guide in Dorsoduro, see the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the Basilica de' Frari. Next you will cross Rialto Bridge and walk by Marco Polo’s House, Campo San Giovanni e Paolo and San Marco Square. The tour is outdoor and is an introduction to the main beauties of the unique city of Venice. Go ahead and ask your guide for further instructions to how to visit the city, or for more things to do in the following days of your stay. Enjoy your time in the unique city of Venice, jumping from bridge to bridge and discovering all its magnificent beauties.
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  • 2 hours
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$26.13
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Skip-the-Line Venice Private Tour Including St Mark Doges Palace & Gondola Ride

Skip-the-Line Venice Private Tour Including St Mark Doges Palace & Gondola Ride

This is a private  6-hour guided walking tour of Venice and includes a trip on one of the city’s iconic gondolas. The tour includes skip-the-line entry to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doges Palace. You see many of Venice’s famous landmarks including the Rialto Bridge and what better way  to end the tour than a leisurely trip along Venice’s canals on a gondola!  Entrance fees are included.
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  • 6 hours
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$573.75
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Venice Walks - Extended Version

Venice Walks - Extended Version

Once a major maritime power, today Venice is a magical city that enchants visitors with historic canals, picturesque gondolas and unique views. Your private guide will meet you in the splendid St. Mark’s Square, where the walking tour begins. You will delve into the history, culture and traditions of the city, as you hit all the major attractions and top sights. Highlights include St. Mark’s Basilica, the 9th-century church with over 8000 sqm of brilliant mosaics, and the Doge’s Palace, the former residence of the ruler of the Venetian Republic that you will visit with special ski-the-line tickets. There will be also lots of bridges to cross, such as the famous 16th-century Rialto Bridge and the iconic Bridge of Sighs, and fantastic sestieri to explore, each with its own unique vibe.
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  • 4 hours
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$376.48
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Bacino Orseolo private gondola ride 60 minutes

Bacino Orseolo private gondola ride 60 minutes

The private gondola ride starts from Bacino Orseolo, right in front of the famous Hard Rock Cafè and just behind St. Mark’s Square, riding along smaller but beautiful canals, this itinerary includes the Mozart's home and Grand Canal with stunning Rialto Bridge.Passing under the famous Rialto Bridge we will see the Rialto Market , where locals and visitors enjoy walking around and buy fruits, veggies and fresh seafood.Many imposing Palazzos can be seen from this route, such as Ca’ Farsetti that hosts the Venice Mayor and the Municipality and Palazzo Grimani, the largest building overlooking the Grand Canal which now hosts the Court of Appeals. The tour continues down to Rio San Luca with Palazzo Manin,former residence of the last Doge of Venice Ludovico Manin, today hosts the Bank of Italy’s Regional headquarters building. The itinerary continues through enchanting small canals of the city center and ends at the same departure point.
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  • 1 hour
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$286.27
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Private One Day Tour in Venice!

Private One Day Tour in Venice!

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Discover the jewels of Venice in just 1 day! Experience the real essence of the city with your native Venetian guide, who will be showing you around this fascinating labirinth rich of histories, legends and traditions. From Rialto bridge, with its millenary trade center, to St. Mark's square, surrounded by the 3 "cousins": the Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Arriving in Cannaregio, where the merchants had developed their main activities, you will enjoy an authentic atmosphere, exploring an original atelier of Carnival masks. You will also have lunch like a Venetian, with the delicious "cicheti" accompanied by the famous 'ombra' (small glass of local wine). After the little break, you will reach by private luxury water taxi one of the oldest Murano glass factory and admire the millenary blowing glass art. There is no better ending then a private boat ride through the Grand Canal, reflecting the sunset colors on the nobles palaces, and leaving you with the last amazing view of the city. Ready to say.. ARRIVEDERCI VENEZIA!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$475.12
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$475.12
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Venice hidden and highlights spots in a Small-group Walking Tour

Venice hidden and highlights spots in a Small-group Walking Tour

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Join this small-group tour around the city centre and discover Venice following your guide, an expert in the history and culture of La Serenissima: they will tell you all about the typical features of Venice, such as the navigation, the delicious food and the many canals.Cross the Rialto Bridge but do not forget to stop in the middle to take a stunning picture of the Grand Canal. Have a walk through the small calli (streets) and campi (squares) and end your tour on a high note in the well-known Piazza San Marco: your guide will tell you all about this wonderful, its majestic Basilica and the San Marco bell tower.
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  • 2 hours
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$54.13
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$54.13
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Guided Tour of Venice City Highlights for Kids & Families

Guided Tour of Venice City Highlights for Kids & Families

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This 2.5-hour walking tour is tailored to families who want to discover Venice's highlights, hear as much as possible about the history of the city and have fun at the same time! This small-group tour is the perfect opportunity to explore the main attractions of such a wonderful city with an expert, local guide! On your itinerary, you will find famous places like Rialto Bridge, Campo San Bartolomeo, Marco Polo’s house and St. Mark's Square. With our kid-friendly guide, your children can become interested in the Venetian culture and, of course, they will have fun!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$78.18
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$78.18
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Shore Excursion: Venice Exclusive Private walking tour with a licensed tour guide (No Groups)

Shore Excursion: Venice Exclusive Private walking tour with a licensed tour guide (No Groups)

Avoid the hassle of crowded, rushed group tours on this private walking tour of Venice that is exclusively for you and your party. Explore Venice's gems, such as St. Mark's Basilica, the Rialto Bridge, and the Doge's Palace, and enjoy the flexibility of customizing the itinerary to your preferences.
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  • 4 hours
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$433.02
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$433.02
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Private Walking Tour of Venice

Private Walking Tour of Venice

See the Venice sights that you want to see with this fully customized private tour, for a group of up to 10 people. Just choose a duration that suits your schedule, then head out with a private guide to discover the city. Perhaps take a tour that gives you the history behind the famous sights of St. Mark's Square such as the Doge's Palace, or maybe focus on the tucked-away treasures of Venice such as the Fontego dei Tedeschi building near the Rialto Bridge. It's the perfect way to explore Venice at your own pace.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
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$162.38
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$162.38
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Venice 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

Venice 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

Go on a walking tour of Venice with a private guide. Learn about the city’s storied history and how it was originally built on a group of more than 100 small islands connected by canals. See the Rialto Bridge, Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica, St. Mark’s Square, and other notable landmarks along the way.
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  • 2 hours
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$328.37
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$328.37
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Enjoy the Venice Small group Walking Tour with a Top Guide

Enjoy the Venice Small group Walking Tour with a Top Guide

Discover the wonderful enchanting north Italian city of Venice! Also known as the Floating City, it is packed with history, romance and beautiful sites. Join us on this tour to Venice, the City of Bridges that relies on a series of waterways and canals. Beginning in the Dorsoduro district with fashion boutiques, restaurants and authentic cafes, along the tour expect to see spectacular buildings such as Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the church Basilica dei' Frari where Titian’s, the famous painter’s, are placed. Continuing on the tour to the Rialto Bridge, the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal, and one of the most visited attractions in Venice. Marco Polo House is also on the tour, eventually concluding the 2 hour walking tour at Campo San Marco, the main square of the city. Experience the wonder of this charming city in this exciting 2 hour walking tour. Opt for either a group tour or a personalised private tour.
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  • 2 hours
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$20.63
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$20.63
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 Venice Private Tour including St Mark Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride from Rome

Venice Private Tour including St Mark Doge's Palace & Gondola Ride from Rome

A day trip to Venice from Rome takes careful planning, and with this guided tour you’ll take in the city’s highlights in just hours. Make the most of every minute by meeting your guide directly at the train station save time with skip-the-line entry to St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. Take in other iconic sights like the Rialto Bridge and end your day with a traditional gondola ride.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$613.44
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$613.44
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Venice walking tour & St. Mark's Basilica guided tour

Venice walking tour & St. Mark's Basilica guided tour

St. Mark’s Basilica, with its walls covered in golden mosaics, is one of Venice’s most popular historical landmarks—and it often has the crowds to show for it. On this exclusive tour, you'll skip the lines for quicker access to the Byzantine splendors inside, and enjoy a scenic, guided stroll through St. Mark's Square. Upgrade to include a gondola ride along the Grand Canal.
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  • 3 hours
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$67.36
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$67.36
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Fairytale Venice: Palazzo Ducale, mysterious walking tour & Gondola ride

Fairytale Venice: Palazzo Ducale, mysterious walking tour & Gondola ride

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Explore Venice’s grandest attractions by land and water all in one afternoon on this great-value combo tour. Step inside the opulent former seat of the mighty Venetian Republic on a skip-the-line tour of the Doge’s Palace, and then discover the island’s hidden historic treasures on a guided walk along winding streets and canals. Glide through these famous waterways on a classic Venetian gondola ride, and then explore a trio of museums in St. Mark’s Square at your leisure with an included ticket.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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$115.47
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$115.47
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Discovery Walk in Venice’s Castello and San Marco: what the guidebooks left out

Discovery Walk in Venice’s Castello and San Marco: what the guidebooks left out

When was your last ‘a-ha!’ discovery moment? This fun self-guided walk takes you through the Castello District and towards Venice’s Crown Jewel, piazza San Marco. Once you arrive at the most famous site in the city you will realise that its fame and beauty hide many secrets and mysteries that are left out of the guidebooks. And that is what this experience is all about! Follow in the footsteps of our local creator Marc – a Venice-based guide and musician, solve location-based riddles, and discover the lesser-known side to the Floating City. This playful walk across Venice’s Castello and San Marco sharpens your senses and encourages you to appreciate the most wonderful – and often hidden – details around you. Whether you know Venice or just start exploring here, this experience gives you a perspective on discovery that will inspire your curiosity wherever you go next. You can fully enjoy this experience of connecting with the city while staying in your own group.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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$32.22
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$32.22
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