The perfect private tour for first-time visitors
Enjoy your first-time tour in Venice, getting to know its fascinating history and its most famous monuments.
Come with an experienced guide to discover the maze of side streets of this ancient and charming city, you'll have an in-depth insight into the political history of Venice and an understanding of the incredible longevity of La Serenissima - The Most Serene Republic of Venice, and sightsee its iconic monuments: the Basilica of Saint Mark where the Apostle Mark's body has been kept for a thousand years, and the Doge's Palace where we can admire masterpieces of Venetian painting and understand all secrets of the most ancient republic in the world. Climb on the Rialto bridge to have a glance at the Gran Canal, with its elegant and precious aristocratic palaces.
We'll start with a description of the magnificent view from St. Mark's Square: the Doge's palace, the Renaissance Library, and the islands on the other side of the lagoon. We'll enter then the Doge's Palace to visit this wonderful core of history and art: having been the seat of the local Government for many centuries, it was decorated by the main Venetian artists such as Titian, Tintoretto, Paolo Veronese. We'll see the Armoury, the state's rooms and the dark prisons, passing through the famous Bridge of Sighs.
We'll visit then the Basilica of Saint Mark with its amazing medieval mosaics and we'll climb the beautiful terrace to see the bronze horses from close.
The walking tour leads then towards the Rialto bridge, passing by the traditional local shops until we'll overlook the Gran Canal with its stunning elegant palaces.
* The itinerary may be led also in the opposite direction, starting from Rialto and ending in St. Mark.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: St. Mark's Square under the big column with the lion on top.
End location: If the tour starts from St. Mark: end at Rialto Bridge
If the tour starts from Rialto: end in St. Mark's Square.
Duration: 3 hours 30 min.
During the high season (May to September) Venice may be crowded and it may take longer to enter the monuments.
Due to recent security measures, some queues could be formed at the entrance to the Palazzo Ducale and the Basilica, also for with priority entry ticket holders.
The tour takes place also in case of rain. In case of an exceptionally high tide, this itinerary may be impossible to do, as St. Mark is subject to flooding.
- Skip-the-line entrance to Palazzo Ducale (the Doge's Palace)
- Skip-the-line entrance to St. Mark's Basilica
- Admission fee to the terrace of the Basilica
If the group exceeds 10 people I'll provide headphones to enjoy the tour better.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 EUR - Venice may be a quite expensive city. Walking around is tiring and you may prefer to catch a water bus ride, that costs € 7,50 for a single fare.
Personal expenses and snacks.
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What can I say, the weather conditions were a little testing, but Daniela more than made up for any shortcomings on that front. She was amazing. So kind, friendly and extremely knowledgable. She spoke perfect English and brought everything alive for my friend and I. I can only thank her for making the whole experience truly magical and something we will never forget. She also tailored it to our interests and requests which was marvellous. Thank you so much Daniela, it was a pleasure to meet you.