The best of Venice- one city, two sides


Tour Number

Activity Level



Religious Heritage, Museums / Culture, First Time Visitor, City


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 8



Italian (fluent), English (fluent)

Saint Mark' s church, Rialto and San Polo and Santa Croce district

Join me on this walking tour and experience the marvels of Saint Mark's square, religious and political centre of Venice for centuries.
Enjoy the ancient buildings overlooking the most charming piazza in the world: the basilica, the belfry, the clock tower, the Doge's palace and the nearby bridge of sighs.
Why is the winged lion the symbol of Venice? The "golden basilica" with about 8. 000 square meters of breathtaking mosaics, more than 500 columns and lots of interesting stories and legends has kept Saint Mark's body for more than 1000 years.
Let's explore Rialto area- Venice trade hub- with its glorious bridge and fish market (from Tuesday to Saturday) and then proceed to less crowded and charming areas: San Polo and Santa Croce districts and visit the majestic basilica dei Frari, embellished with great paintings.

Why should you choose this tour? Because it combines Venice landmarks with quieter areas and provides an accurate and passionate introduction to Venice history, culture and architecture.


Saint Mark's area: square, bridge of sighs, visit to Saint Mark's church, Doge's palace ( from outside), view of Giudecca and San Giorgio islands.

Rialto bridge and area, fish market (open from Tuesday to Saturday, in the morning)

San Polo and Santa Croce districts, visit to the impressive medieval church of Frari.

The itinerary can be customized according to your interest and the meeting location.

IMPORTANT- dress code for visiting churches
Short pants, miniskirts, sleeveless shirts and bare shoulders are not allowed in churches.

Backpacks are not permitted in the Cathedral, they have to be deposited near the church (free of charge, maximum 1 hour).

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Saint Mark's church, between the two columns

End location: Santa Croce district, Venice.

At the end of the tour I'll give you directions to go back to your hotel/apartment or suggestions to explore other areas of Venice.

Duration: 3 hours


walking (about 3 km/ 2miles)

What’s Included

My assistance as your private tour guide
A map of Venice
Skip-the-line pass to Saint Mark's church (service available from April to October)

Estimated Local Cash Needed

20 Euro - Food and drinks, souvenirs
Entrance fee to Frari church ( 3 euro euro per person)

What’s Extra

Any personal purchase (souvenirs, food, drinks....)
Entrance fee to Frari church: 3 euro per person.


I'm not a driver but I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange a car and driver if you want to visit the mainland.

A Recent Review of this tour

Giovanna was amazing. Her knowledge of history, art, and culture was quite impressive, and she is a pleasure to learn from. She was also so helpful with planning the rest of our time in Venice as well as restaurant recommendations.
Robyn Landow

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