A walk through the city center followed by a ride on a private boat
This tour is customized for those who seek for a complete picture of Venice's identity. Venice is made of land and water. The perception that you get from seeing Venice on a boat is not the same of a walk.
We start our visit in St. Mark's square with its precious monuments. We discover how the Venetians used beauty to represent their power and how the different architectural styles responded to this need over time. We admire the golden mosaics of the church of St. Mark and then head on to the bridge of Rialto taking hidden alleyways off the beaten tracks.
We spend the last hour in a private water taxi admiring the fabulous set of buildings sticking out of the water. The Grand Canal and the minor canals, waterways used once as nowadays by the Venetians for transporting goods of any kind. The guide will give you a full description of what you see.
- St. Mark's square and St. Mark's Church
- Central district including: campo S. M. Formosa, campo S. Giovanni e Paolo, Rialto bridge
- Less touristy parts of town through Castello and Cananregio districts
- 50 min. ride on a private motor boat
To enter St. Mark's church:
NO to short pants, miniskirts, sleeveless, bare shoulders, backpacks which can be dropped in deposit before entering.
YES to bermuda pants, knee long skirts, T or Polo shirts, a scarf to cover shoulders.
St. Mark's church open hours:
Mon > Sat. from 09:45am to 5:00pm
Sundays and holydays from 2:00 to 4:00pm
Being a Cathedral used for religious events the church of St. Mark could be closed without notice
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The meeting point will be in St. Mark Square at the column topped with a winged lion, near the water front.
If your Hotel if centrally located (in the area of St. Mark or Rialto) ask the guide to pick you up there.
End location: The tour will end in St. Mark Square
Duration: 3 hours
In case of flood the access to St. Mark Square could be longer. Saint Mark is a cathedral used for religious events; it could be closed without any previous communication.
One part of the tour (about 2 hours) will be on foot, the rest of the tour will be on a motor boat.
A three hours walking tour with a licensed tour guide.
A private boat ride for 50 minutes.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
3 euro - 3 euros to skip the long line to access the Basilica of St. Mark (from April to October)
3 euros per person priority admission in San Marco ( from April 1st to October 31st).
Other admissions may occur according to your wish of visiting other places inside the church of Saint Mark.
Other admissions may occur according to your wish of visiting other places.
Any personal expenses, from food to souvenirs.
Licensed Guides in Venice have no restrictions at all.
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Giovanna was great. She knows so much about Venetian history and is also very personable. I forgot to tell my two adult daughters what to wear to get in St. Mark's and she did everything she could to get us in. If you like history, I highly recommend her.