City Orientation Walking Tour, Venice

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!
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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
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Doge's Palace

1) 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...   view more
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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...   view more
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Piazza San Marco

3) Piazza San Marco (must see)

Piazza San Marco, is the principal square of Venice. It 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 for Venice, 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...   view more
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San Marco Clock Tower

4) San Marco Clock Tower (must see)

San Marco Clock Tower is a remarkably elaborate timepiece, showing time of day, phase of the moon, and current sign of the Zodiac. 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...   view more
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Basilica Patriarcale Di S. Marco

5) Basilica Patriarcale Di S. Marco (must see)

The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark 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...   view more
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Fondaco dei Tedeschi

6) Fondaco dei Tedeschi (must see)

The Fondaco dei Tedeschi is a historic building in Venice, northern Italy, 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...   view more
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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...   view more
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Carlo Goldoni Statue

8) Carlo Goldoni Statue (must see)

Carlo Goldoni was born in Venice in 1707 in the Gothic palace called Ca' Centanni. Carlo Goldini 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 S. Bartolomeo Square, a stone's throw from the Rialto...   view more
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Rialto Bridge

9) Rialto Bridge (must see)

The 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...   view more
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Grand Canal (Canałasso)

10) Grand Canal (Canałasso) (must see)

The Grand Canal (Venetian: Canałasso) is a canal in Venice, Italy. It 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...   view more
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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. Inside is located the biggest altar-piece in Venice, "Assumption of the Virgin" by Titian. The other piece of art by Titian in the church is "Madonna di Ca 'Pesaro", under which lies the grave of the...   view more
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Scuola Grande Di San Rocco

12) Scuola Grande Di San Rocco (must see)

The Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a building in Venice, northern Italy. The Scuola di San Rocco ("Confraternity of St. Roch", protector against plague, which had struck Venice in that century) 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...   view more
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Campo Santa Margherita

13) Campo Santa Margherita (must see)

Campo Santa Margherita is a large square in Venice. Many restaurants and cafes are located here. Also every morning a street market is at the disposal of the locals and tourists. Different type of entertainment activities take place very often in the...   view more
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Ca' Rezzonico – Museum of 18th-century Venice

14) Ca' Rezzonico – Museum of 18th-century Venice (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 - Batlthasar Longen. The building took lots of 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...   view more
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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...   view more
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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...   view more
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Accademia Galleries

17) Accademia Galleries (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,...   view more
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Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti

18) Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti (must see)

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. It was erected in 1565. In the nineteenth century it was internally modernised 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...   view more
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Palazzo Barbarigo

19) Palazzo Barbarigo (must see)

Palazzo Barbarigo is a palace in Venice, situated on the Grand Canal of the city. It was originally built in the 16th century. 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...   view more
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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...   view more
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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 the Salute, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica located in the Dorsoduro sestiere 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. The Salute is part of the parish of the Gesuati and is the...   view more
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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.
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 the life of Casanova.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Dorsoduro Walking Tour

Dorsoduro Walking Tour

Dorsoduro is one of the six districts of Venice, whose name translates as “hard bridge” from Italian, due to the area's relatively high terrain. The city's highest spots, along with Giudecca Island and Isola Sacca Fisola, are found here. Dorsoduro is home to some of Venice's most picturesque canals, historic locations and cultural venues, including Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Campo San Barnaba and Campo Santa Margherita. If modern art and historic architecture combined sounds like your kind of fun, Dorsoduro is the right place to go.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Religious Edifices Walking Tour

Religious Edifices Walking Tour

As a tourist, you definitely are aware that a country like Italy, especially a city like Venice, has a lot of sacred sites. It would be a pity not to take a look at some of the wonderful buildings built by humans in the name of the Lord. Glorious artists, architects and their disciples have given their lives and talent for our pleasure for centuries.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Ghetto Tour

Ghetto Tour

The term "ghetto" is derived from a local Venetian dialect and relates to foundries and the metal casting industry. The Ghetto of Venice was indeed built around a smelter. Here, in 1516, at the behest of the Republic of Venice, Jews were literally locked inside the gates in the evening. Nowadays this is a center of Jewish life in Venice. The area comprises several synagogues, divided by ethnicity, a museum, a kosher restaurant and homes for about one thousand Jews.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 km
Titian's Tour

Titian's Tour

Tiziano Vecelli, also known as Titian, was one of the greatest painters of all time. He represents the Venetian school of the Italian Renaissance. His works are well-known for their realistic interpretation of biblical episodes. Titian had a style of his own that cannot be compared with that of the other artists of his period. This tour will guide you through the most important places in Titian's life and work.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km

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