Best of Venice Half Day Private Tour


A walk tailored to cover three major districts of Venice – San Marco, San Polo, and Cannaregio, this half day tour offers the best overall introduction to the city. In an intimate private tour, your local expert will lead the way to the city’s highlights such as St. Mark’s Square & Basilica, the Grand Canal and the Rialto Bridge, while demystifying the fascinating history behind the landmarks.

You’ll enjoy a unique local experience: walk through the narrow alleys of the Ghetto, sip a coffee in a peaceful neighborhood campo, and even hop on a traghetto to cross the canal in the locals’ way!
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    Why you'll love this

  • All the highlights and hidden gems of Venice in only a morning
  • Listen to intriguing stories written in the city’s streets and canals
  • Get adventurous and hop on the traghetto boat like a local
  • Savor a local’s favorite Venetian coffee - it’s on us!

    What's included

  • A passionate local guide with invaluable insider info
  • Two rides on the traghetto to cross the Grand Canal
  • A coffee break offered alongside your guide

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Your guide

Our walking tours in Venice are led by local guides with an encyclopedic knowledge of this unique city built on water. After years of exploring, they know Venice inside-out. They are ready to unveil to travelers the rich history behind the must-see landmarks and the deepest mysteries hidden in the web of narrow canals. They’ll bring you to the heart of Venetian lifestyle by sharing with you their favorite squares, markets and cafés only known to the locals.


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Last reviewed: May 22 2018
Why book with us
  • Flexible cancellation policy
  • Easy & secure booking experience
  • Real-time assistance with a local team
  • VIP skip the line access

  • Duration 04h00

  • Private Tour

  • Group Size
    8 max

  • Refund up to 48 hours

  • 2 reviews
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The itinerary

Your introduction to Venice starts at its historic heart: San Marco. You’ll admire St. Mark’s Basilica, crowned by five byzantine cupolas and covered by dazzling mosaics. Its façade adorned with precious columns and statues from war spoils manifests the mighty past of the Venetian Republic. Next to it is the Doge’s Palace, seat of the Republic’s elected rulers called dogi, you’ll see the Bridge of Sighs that connects the palace to a historic former prison for Venice’s top criminals.

The walk then leads to the Grand Canal through the streets of San Marco that hide the baroque church of Santa Maria de Giglio. The surprise comes in when you reach the waterside: you’ll step on a boat called traghetto, a large gondola that the locals take on a daily basis to cross the Grand Canal, standing!

The San Polo district on the left bank offers a picturesque Venice with its narrow alleys, little canals and colorful houses. Why not take a break and enjoy a cup of venetian coffee in a quiet campo? You’ll also take a walk along the Grand Canal to explore the bustling Rialto Bridge and the Rialto Market filled with the freshest local fruit and seafood.

From there, you’ll hop on the traghetto again to leave the tourists behind and reach the mysterious land of Canneregio. Few travelers know it was here that the first Jewish ghetto in Europe was ever formed. It stays an authentic district that offers a glimpse into local Venetian life today.

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