City Orientation Walking Tour, Venice (Self Guided)

Largely regarded as one of the most romantic places ever built by man, the city of Venice is spread across 118 islands collectively earning it the nicknames of the City of Water and the City of Bridges. Other than the bridges, though, the city abounds in museums, basilicas and other historic sights. For a chance to visit some of these and learn more about Venice, embark on this self-guided walk!
How it works: Download the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from iTunes App Store or Google Play to your mobile phone or tablet. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

City Orientation Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walking Tour
Guide Location: Italy » Venice (See other walking tours in Venice)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 21
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Author: greghasleft
Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace)

1) Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace) (must see)

The Doge's Palace was the symbol and the heart of political life and administration throughout the history of the Republic of Venice. Since 1923 the Palace has been open as a museum to the public. After receiving the patent, Titian became an overseer of official work and was engaged to finish the work of Giovanni Bellini, in the Doge's Palace. Also, he was hired by the dukes to paint their portraits and he finished 20 of them. You can admire the amazing work done by Titian throughout the Palace.

Why You Should Visit:
The artwork is amazing, but more the architecture and how the rooms and ceilings were built to support the artwork.
You also get to walk through the Bridge of Sighs, which is where the prisoners were transported from the courthouse to the jail.

Book in advance for the guided "secret itinerary" tour that takes you into the old offices, meeting rooms and even torture chambers where the real business was conducted.
This "secret" tour fills up a few weeks in advance depending on the time of year, so book online early – it's well worth it.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:30am–7pm, last admission 6pm (Apr-Oct); 8:30am–5:30pm, last admission 4:30pm (Nov-Mar)
Sight description based on wikipedia
Campanile of San Marco

2) Campanile of San Marco

St Mark's Campanile (Campanile di San Marco in Italian) is the bell tower of St Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy, located in the Piazza San Marco. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of the city. The tower is 98.6 meters (323 ft) tall, and stands alone in a corner of St Mark's Square, near the front of the basilica. It has a simple form, the bulk of which is a fluted brick square shaft, 12 meters (39 ft) wide on each side and 50 meters (160 ft) tall, above which is a loggia surrounding the belfry, housing five bells. This place is also famous for its five bells that conducted the daily life of the citizens and announced different important events. The belfry is topped by a cube, alternate faces of which show the Lion of St. Mark and the female representation of Venice (la Giustizia: Justice). The tower is capped by a pyramidal spire, at the top of which sits a golden weathervane in the form of the archangel Gabriel. The campanile reached its present form in 1514. The current tower was reconstructed in its present form in 1912 after the collapse of 1902.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Piazza San Marco

3) Piazza San Marco (must see)

The principal square of Venice, Piazza San Marco is one of the few great urban spaces in Europe where human voices prevail over the sounds of motorized traffic, which is confined to Venice's waterways. It is the only urban space called a "piazza" in Venice. As the central landmark and gathering place, Piazza San Marco is extremely popular with tourists, photographers, and pigeons. The Piazza originated in the 9th century as a small area in front of the original St Mark's Basilica. It was enlarged to its present size and shape in 1177, when the Rio Batario, which had bounded it to the west, and a dock, which had isolated the Doge's Palace from the square, were filled in. The rearrangement was for the meeting of Pope Alexander III and the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa.

Why You Should Visit:
A visit to Venice – even not your first – is just not complete without this Piazza, and it's hard not to be overwhelmed by the sense of history & art here.

If your time permits arrive later on the afternoon before or while it gets darker. Charming, romantic... and pretty empty.
During the day, some stalls are selling souvenirs, bags (and knock-offs) and other things at surprisingly fair prices.
The prices at the restaurants around the Piazza are not so fair, on the other hand. But that's common knowledge.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Torre dell'orologio

4) Torre dell'orologio (must see)

San Marco's Clock Tower is a remarkably elaborate timepiece, showing the time of day, the phase of the moon, and the current Zodiac sign. Above the clock face one can see the winged lion of Saint Mark against a backdrop of blue with gold stars. In 1858 it was made the official timekeeper of Venice. At the very top of the tower, there are two bronze figures of Moors holding a club preparing to strike the bell indicating the time of the day.

Why You Should Visit:
In a Piazza filled with iconic Venetian buildings, this tower holds its own.

If you're at the square, catch it on the hour, when the clock is struck by two hammer-wielding men.
Better yet, book one of the two English-language tours/day, each limited to 12 people, to climb to the top.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Basilica di San Marco

5) Basilica di San Marco (must see)

St. Mark's Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. It is the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best-known examples of Byzantine architecture. It lies on Piazza San Marco adjacent and connected to the Doge's Palace. Originally it was the "chapel" of the Venetian rulers and not the city's cathedral. Since 1807 it has been the seat of the Patriarch of Venice, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. The interior is based on a Greek cross, with each arm divided into three naves and emphasized by a dome of its own. This is based on Justinian's Basilica of the Apostles in Constantinople. The spacious interior of the building with its multiple choir lofts was the inspiration for the development of a Venetian polychoral style among the composers appointed as "maestro di cappella" at St Mark's.

Why You Should Visit:
Exceptionally beautiful blend of Byzantine and Western art!
The grandiosity of the mosaics and the wealth of the 'treasure room' will make you realize how powerful Venice was in its golden days.

The lights are on only for limited times during the day (11:30-12:30) so make sure you time your visit so you can see/appreciate the beauty of the mosaics.
It's also definitely worth paying to go up to the first level just to see St. Mark's Square (and, of course, the interior of the Basilica) from a higher vantage point.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-5pm; Sun: 2-4pm (until 5pm during the summer months)
Sight description based on wikipedia
Fondaco dei Tedeschi

6) Fondaco dei Tedeschi (must see)

The Fondaco dei Tedeschi is a historic building in Venice situated on the Grand Canal near the Rialto Bridge. It was the headquarters and restricted living quarters of the city's German merchants. A broad definition was taken of the term 'German', which included what would today be regarded as separate nationalities. First constructed in 1228, the building was rebuilt between 1505 and 1508, after its destruction in a fire. The reconstruction produced a very functional 4-floor building which surrounds a grand inner courtyard. Its architecture is typical of the Cinquecento (Italian Renaissance) style, but the basic concept (and the word 'fondaco') is derived from a type of building in Arab countries. Just like the Fondaco dei Turchi, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi was a palazzo, warehouse, and restricted living quarters for its population, in this case mainly Germanic merchants from cities such as Nuremberg, Judenburg, and Augsburg.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the largest, most well-refurbished shopping centers selling high-end luxury items. Everything looks so pretty you'd prefer to leave them on the shelves.
The 4th-floor Event Pavilion is an exhibition space where you have free access to the roof terrace providing one of the best panoramas of the Grand Canal.

You must get a timed ticket near the elevators and line up in the Events Pavilion. Go first to the top floor, pick your ticket and in the meantime you can enjoy the shopping mall (you even get a voucher for some extra discount). Alternately, go onto their website, book your time slot, then show the security guy at the entrance your booking code which you get by email when booking.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Chiesa Cattolica Parrocchiale S. Salvador

7) Chiesa Cattolica Parrocchiale S. Salvador

The Holy Savior Church was built in 1177. The facade was added later - in 1663, by Giuseppe Sardi. The entire edifice is designed in the Greek style and contains Greek crosses and ornaments. The facade is covered with white marble. This provides the church with a rare illumination and beauty. The Chiesa di San Salvatore (of the Holy Savior) is a church in Venice, northern Italy. Known in Venetian as San Salvador, is located on the Campo San Salvador, along the Merceria, the main shopping street of Venice. Adjoining the church is the former monastery, now the offices of the telephone company, which still contain Sansovino's magnificent cloisters. San Salvador is parish church of a parish in the Vicariate of San Marco-Castello. Other churches in the parish are San Bartolomeo and San Zulian. San Salvador is a small, but still active religious, cultural and social center. Below the left column on the facade, there is a cannonball embedded in the base of the column. It derived from a bombardment in 1849 by Austrian forces in the fort of Marghera, of the independent republic which had been proclaimed by Daniele Manin.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Statue of Carlo Goldoni

8) Statue of Carlo Goldoni (must see)

Carlo Goldoni was born in Venice in 1707 in the Gothic palace called Ca' Centanni. He is one of the most famous playwrights of Italy and wrote over 200 plays describing the life of the city. This statue, made by the sculptor A. Dal Zotto in 1883, is located in San Bartolomeo Square, a stone's throw from the Rialto Bridge.
Ponte di Rialto

9) Ponte di Rialto (must see)

Ponte di Rialto (Rialto Bridge) is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice. It is the oldest bridge across the canal. The first dry crossing of the Grand Canal was a pontoon bridge built in 1181 by Nicolò Barattieri. It was called the Ponte della Moneta, presumably because of the mint that stood near its eastern entrance. The present stone bridge, a single span designed by Antonio da Ponte, was finally completed in 1591. It is remarkably similar to the wooden bridge it succeeded. Two inclined ramps lead up to a central portico. On either side of the portico, the covered ramps carry rows of shops. The engineering of the bridge was considered so audacious that architect Vincenzo Scamozzi predicted future ruin. The bridge has defied its critics to become one of the architectural icons of Venice.

Why You Should Visit:
The bridge is very picturesque, but mostly a great place to view the Grand Canal and to just soak up the vibe of Venice and all its beauty.
There are, of course, shops/restaurants on and around the bridge area, but tucked in the interior so as to not ruin the exterior views.

Evenings is by far the best time to visit – much quieter and looks stunning.
Just by the bridge are the water bus stops, to either see more sights or get back to your hotel.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Canal Grande (Grand Canal)

10) Canal Grande (Grand Canal) (must see)

The Grand Canal forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city. It is S-shaped, over two miles long, and is sailed by boats and water taxis.

The banks of the Grand Canal are lined with more than 170 buildings, most of which date from the 13th to the 18th century, and demonstrate the welfare and art created by the Republic of Venice. The noble Venetian families faced huge expenses to show off their richness in suitable palazzos; this contest reveals the citizens’ pride and the deep bond with the lagoon. Most of the palaces emerge from water without pavement. Consequently, one can only tour past the fronts of the buildings on the grand canal by boat.

Why You Should Visit:
If you're going to throw your money at a tourist attraction, this would be the one. You get a lovely view of old buildings, bridges and just regular life in the city.
While crammed to the brim full of tourists in high season, there's a charm to the city and the canal that doesn't exist anywhere else...

Make sure that you are in a 'vaporetto' where you can easily see... or just pick up a gondola for added romance!
Unlimited passes for 1-3 days on vaporettos are some of the best investment during a stay in Venice.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

11) Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (must see)

Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari was founded at the beginning of the 13th century and during the decades that followed it was enlarged several times in order to accommodate the growing number of parishioners. The imposing edifice is built of brick and is one of the city's three notable churches built in the Italian Gothic style. In common with many Venetian churches, the exterior is rather plain. The interior contains the only rood screen still in place in Venice as well as the biggest altarpiece in Venice, "Assumption of the Virgin" by Titian. The other piece of art by Titian in the church is "Madona di Ca'Pesaro", under which the grave of the painter lies.

Why You Should Visit:
The dimension and beauty of this place are extraordinary, covering several layers of Venetian history and art.
Getting to it is another attraction as it's slightly off the beaten path and in a charming area with plenty of character.

Pay cash – no credit cards accepted.
Modest dress code required (covers provided).
Do take a guidebook or free pamphlet by the ticket office as an aid.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am-6pm; Sun: 1-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Scuola Grande di San Rocco

12) Scuola Grande di San Rocco (must see)

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco ("Confraternity of St. Roch", protector against plague, which had struck Venice in that century) building was established in 1478 by a group of wealthy Venetian citizens, next to the church of San Rocco, from which it takes its name. In 1564 the painter Tintoretto was commissioned to provide paintings for the Scuola, and his most renowned works are to be found in the Sala dell'Albergo and the Sala Superiore. All the works in the building are by him, or his assistants, including his son Domenico (they were both executed between 1564 and 1587). In the Sala Superiore, works on the ceiling are from the Old Testament, and on the walls from the New Testament. Together, they show the biblical story from Fall to Redemption. Nowadays, Scuola Grande hosts an unbelievable quantity of Christian art – from lithographs to paintings, frescoes, sculptures, and stained-glass.

Why You Should Visit:
Within this building is what many consider the most beautiful room in the world.
Rarely busy or crowded, it is an oasis of peace, culture, Venetian history...
Photos don't do it justice. You can't help but be overwhelmed by it.

Make sure to get an audio guide as there are no descriptions.
Wear warm clothes (it gets quite cold inside) and take your camera.
The mirrors in the chapter room allow you to study the ceiling art without having to strain your neck.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Campo Santa Margherita

13) Campo Santa Margherita (must see)

Located right in the center of Dorso Duro district, Campo Santa Margherita is one of the liveliest corners of Venice. It has a high concentration of clubs that are frequented both in winter and in summertime thanks to the tables placed outside the bars, pubs, restaurants, and pizzerias. You can still see Venetians minding their daily lives, as well as watch the children playing in the afternoon and on Sundays.

Santa Margherita is one of the larger open places in Venice after St. Mark's Square and Campo San Polo. This square is celebrated for its nightlife, with plenty of 'spritz' (a local drink) being consumed during happy hour and beyond. For this reason, along with Campo San Giacometto at Rialto, it is the favorite place in Venice for young people, but also for many tourists that appreciate its friendly atmosphere.

Why You Should Visit:
If Piazza San Marco is the tourists center of Venice, then Campo Santa Margherita may be the local's center!
Due to it being away from the popular Rialto-San Marco route, you won't find many tourists and many shops here are catered for locals.
Even if you do not intend to eat/drink here, take a detour to people-watch – fortunately, there are many benches for you to enjoy the scene.

Keep this place in mind for when you'll need food late at night.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Galleria Ca' Rezzonico

14) Galleria Ca' Rezzonico (must see)

Ca' Rezzonico is a palazzo on the Grand Canal in Venice. It was designed, in the late 17th century, by the greatest architect of the times, Balthasar Longen. The building took many years to complete, and it was not finished until 1745 by the architect Giorgio Massari, who had been brought in to oversee the completion of the project by the new owners – the Rezzonico Family.

Numerous paintings by such artists as Pietro Longhi, Francesco Guardi, and Giandomenico Tiepolo can be found in the Palazzo. In addition to collections of antique furniture, there is also a fine collection of Venetian glass, showing that the skills of the 18th-century masters at Murano were probably superior to those on the island today.

Ca' Rezzonico opened as a public museum on 25 April 1936. Today, it is one of the finest museums in Venice, largely because of its unique character, where objects designed for great palazzi are displayed in a palazzo; thus, the contents and the container harmonize in a way not possible in a purpose-built museum.

Why You Should Visit:
If you have already hit the highlights, this is the place to go to.
Beautifully restored palazzo that does contain some impressive art, too!
Not too large or too small, but just the right size, and not too crowded either.
The audio guide is good, though there are also plastic cards with the essentials in each room.

Check out the café on the ground floor with a terrace directly facing onto the Grand Canal.
The garden is free and has some shade with seats for a welcome break from walking Venice.
Advance tickets can be purchased from Ca' Rezzonico's own website.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Mon: 10am-6pm (Apr-Oct); 10am-5pm (Nov-Mar)
Closed on Tuesdays, December 25th, January 1st
Sight description based on wikipedia
Campo San Barnaba

15) Campo San Barnaba

Campo San Barnaba is a campo (square) in Venice, northern Italy. The most famous sites in the area, the church with the same name and the bridge opposite to the church, where both featured in numerous films including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where it served as the exterior to the library.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Chiesa di Santa Maria del Rosario

16) Chiesa di Santa Maria del Rosario (must see)

Chiesa di Santa Maria del Rosario, also called Chiesa di Gesuati, is located in the Sestiere Dorsoduro, along the Giudecca canal in Venice. The current building was constructed in 1724 on behalf of Dominican friars, with the financial help coming from the entire city. The architect of the church was Giorgio Massari. Titian painted 'The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence' especially for this church in the period of 1548-1559. St. Lawrence is the patron saint of the poor and the helpless.

Why You Should Visit:
The frescoes on the ceiling are renowned as they depict scenes from the history of the Dominican Order and are considered some of the best examples of work by Italian artist Giambattista Tiepolo.

This church is part of the Chorus Pass that gives you entrance to 18 churches scattered throughout Venice. The Pass can be bought at any of the churches or online.
The five bells of Santa Maria del Rosario's bell tower play together on Saturday at 5pm and have an impressive evocative sound.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10:30am-4:30pm; Sunday & holidays: 10am-6:30pm
Gallerie dell'Accademia

17) Gallerie dell'Accademia (must see)

Gallerie dell' Accademia was founded primarily as an art school in 1750. It had the most famous art teachers of the time from all over Italy. With time it came to house a host of paintings by well-known Venetian and Italian artists. Here are presented several works of Titian, including his last work 'Pieta'. The painting was finished after his death by Jacopo Palma il Giovane.

The greatest names of Italian art, such as Bellini, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto, Titian, Canaletto, Guardi, Bellotto, Longhi – all gathered in one of the greatest art collections in the world. These artists have influenced European art since the 13th century. The galleries are situated in the center of the Scuola Grande of Santa Maria della Carità.

Why You Should Visit:
Vast amount of early masterpieces! The collection is the best in town for Venetian art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
Beautiful, large, spacious and clean – the rooms are well planned and the layout beautiful.

Free entry the first Sunday of the month! If you do buy a ticket, hold on to it as it also allows access to the Palazzo Grimani located a short distance away.

Opening Hours:
Mon: 8:15am-2pm; Tue-Sun: 8:15am-7:15pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti

18) Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti (must see)

Erected in 1565, Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti is a palace in Venice, not far from the Ponte dell'Accademia and next to the Palazzo Barbaro on the Grand Canal of Venice. In the 19th century, it was internally modernized and externally enriched in Venetian Gothic style, with rich window framing, by a series of grand owners. The first neo-Gothic improvements were made after 1840, when the young Archduke Frederick Ferdinand of Austria (1821-1847) reassembled the property, the Palazzo Cavalli-Gussoni, which had become divided among heirs, and embarked on a complex project intended to give a more prominent Habsburg presence along the Grand Canal, as Austria-Hungary had been awarded the territories of Venice after the Napoleonic Wars. Since 1999 it has been the seat of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti and frequently houses cultural events.

Why You Should Visit:
Wonderful palace with spectacular painting on the walls and ceilings and some great contemporary exhibits.
The views of the Grand Canal can't be beaten, and the cafeteria is excellent for healthy lunch (fantastic value!).

Check out the external courtyard with fine medieval details.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Palazzo Barbarigo

19) Palazzo Barbarigo (must see)

Originally built in the 16th century, Palazzo Barbarigo is a palace in Venice, situated on the Grand Canal of the city. Today it is one of the more opulent palazzi on the canal, distinguished by its mosaics of Murano glass applied in 1886. At the time it was owned by the proprietors of one of the glass factories, who took their cue from the exterior mosaics on the facade of St Mark's Basilica. The palazzo follows the Renaissance pattern of design on three floors: an open loggia gives access to the canal surmounted by a Piano nobile with open loggias and decorated columns, with a "secondo piano nobile" (second floor) above. The comparatively modern mosaics probably cover original windows and obliviate the original design.

Go grab a drink out at the beautiful small balcony at the bar overlooking the Grand Canal if you can afford it!
If looking for a hotel, the one at the palazzo is small and intimate and in a perfect location for walking to all sites.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Peggy Guggenheim Collection

20) Peggy Guggenheim Collection (must see)

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is a small museum on the Grand Canal in Venice. It is one of several museums of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Containing principally the personal art collection of Peggy Guggenheim (1898–1979), a former wife of artist Max Ernst and a niece of mining magnate Solomon R. Guggenheim, this museum houses a somewhat smaller and more idiosyncratic collection than the other Guggenheim Foundation museums. However, the works on display include those of prominent American modernists and Italian futurists. Pieces in the collection embrace Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract expressionism. These include notable works by Picasso, Dalí, Magritte, Brancusi (including a sculpture from the 'Bird in Space' series) and Pollock.

Why You Should Visit:
To see a treasure trove of works up close & personal – all in one fabulous mansion on the toniest stretch of the Grand Canal.

Best to get there early as the rooms are small and there are no places to sit inside.
Alternately, arrange for a tour so you can get a private 'behind-the-scenes' scoop on all the art and Peggy's history.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Mon: 10am-6pm
Closed Tuesdays and December 25
Last ticket issued 30 minutes before close
Sight description based on wikipedia
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

21) Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute (must see)

Santa Maria della Salute (English: Saint Mary of Health), commonly known simply as La Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located in the Sestiere Dorsoduro of the Italian city of Venice. It is one of the best expressions of Baroque architecture in Venice. It stands on a narrow finger of land between the Grand Canal and the Bacino di San Marco making the church visible when entering the Piazza San Marco from the water.

La Salute is part of the parish of the Gesuati and is the most recent of the so-called plague-churches. In 1630, Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the city's deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or of Deliverance, Italian: Salute). The church was designed in the then fashionable baroque style by Baldassare Longhena, who studied under the architect Vincenzo Scamozzi. Most of the objects of art housed in the church bear references to the Black Death.

The dome of La Salute was an important addition to the Venice skyline and soon became emblematic of the city, inspiring artists like Canaletto, J. M. W. Turner, John Singer Sargent and Francesco Guardi. Several works by Titian enrich the sacristy: "San Marco in trono, con i santi Cosma, Damiano, Sebastiano e Rocco", "Caino ed Abele", "Il sacrificio di Abramo ed Isacco" and "Davide e Golia".

Why You Should Visit:
San Marco may be Venice's most famous church by name, but La Salute may be Venice's most famous by image and silhouette!
The surrounding scenery is just amazing, too, since the church is right at the edge of the canal. You get great shots all around.

Do make sure you visit the treasure room for some amazing relics.
And do bring a drink with you as there are hardly any cafes around.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-12pm / 3-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Venice, Italy

Create Your Own Walk in Venice

Create Your Own Walk in Venice

Creating your own self-guided walk in Venice is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums & Galleries Tour

Museums & Galleries Tour

The whole of Venice is a museum of art, of beauty, of architecture, of great food and laces, of life and history. Such a wonderful, extraordinary and unique city deserves a deeper breathing of its air. We offer you a little tour to explore by foot the beauty called Venice - the city of the arts and love.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
San Marco Souvenir Shops

San Marco Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Venice without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs that are unique to Venice. Pop into the specialty shops of San Marco suggested in this tour to find the most beautiful and original items.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Northern Venice Attractions Walking Tour

Northern Venice Attractions Walking Tour

The Northern Area of Venice is full of places of great historical and cultural importance. This tour offers you a view of some of the loveliest churches of Venice such as the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo and Chiesa dei Santissimi Apostoli.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km
Casanova's Tour

Casanova's Tour

Giacomo Casanova is one of the most famous personalities of Venice. He was a man of great culture. His interests ranged from love affairs and gambling to writing and alchemy. Born in a family of theater actors in 1725, he grew up surrounded by high society. He became an important personality in his own right, starting with his adolescence. This tour will show you places of great significance in...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Piazza San Marco Walking Tour

Piazza San Marco Walking Tour

Piazza San Marco is the main square in Venice. This is a place that enriched the cultural, social and economic life of Venice in the course of its history. The square is the host of the famous Venice landmarks as the Doge's Palace, Basilica San Marco and the Procuratie. Piazza San Marco is always full of people and pigeons.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Lido Island Walking Tour

Lido Island Walking Tour

Lido is the largest island of Venice city. It is long, but not wide at all, very different from the circular form of the main city. Lido is known for its very popular places, a movie was made here and there are some other secrets that this particular guide offers you. Ready for adventure? Ride on!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip

15 Distinctively Italian Things to Buy in Venice

15 Distinctively Italian Things to Buy in Venice

Venice has been a tourist mecca for over a century now, with millions of visitors flocking in every year to see this unique place on the face of the Earth. Many, if not all, of these people seek to obtain something memorable as a token of their stay in this city. By far, not all of them know which...

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Venice for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Venice has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting Venice's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the Official All Venice City Pass, Venezia Unica Tourist City Pass, 72-Hour Venice Transportation Pass, or Venice Museum Pass.

A city pass combines all of or multiple Venice's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Venice hotels that are conveniently located, but at the same time, also not so ridiculously expensive: Hotel Concordia, Hotel Al Ponte Dei Sospiri, Baglioni Hotel Luna.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Venice, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Venice typically costs from around US$20 up to more than US$200 per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off sightseeing boat to view all of Venice's top attractions while listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route as often as you like.

- Experience Venice from dry land and water on the combo of 2-hour walk and half-hour gondola ride around the historic center, marveling at the Byzantine monuments and gliding down the canals of this marvelous city.

- Have a double pleasure for your eyes and ears combining a 30-minute gondola ride with a serenade, wafting by the fascinating sights of Venice in the company of a traditionally-dressed gondolier and a singer aboard.

- Having quenched your appetite for sightseeing, don't forget to treat yourself to some delicious specialties of Venice as well. Take a 2.5-hour tour led by a local guide to see the city's highlights on waters, plus check out several notable eateries to savor authentic Venetian delights.

- Discover the Jewish side of Venice from a culinary standpoint on a food tour of the historic Jewish ghetto. Guided by a food-connoisseur, you will visit a number of joints offering authentic local dishes thus acquainting yourself with the rich culture and food traditions of the Venetian Jews.

- Architecture-wise there's so much more to Venice than just St. Mark's Square. Be welcome to prove it to yourself on the guided walk exploring the artistic richness of Venice away from the trodden tourist paths.

Day Trips

If you have a day to spare whilst in Venice, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations, like Verona, Valpolicella, Florence, or the Dolomite Mountains. For as little as US$140+ to US$180+ per person you will get a chance to visit one of the most romantic cities in Italy (hometown of Romeo and Juliet), learn about Veneto’s winemaking heritage and sample the local wines, visit the Tuscan capital of Florence, soak up the bracing mountain scenery, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up either straight at your hotel or a designated place in Venice, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or minibus or train to the destination of your choice and back again.