Tour guide was friendly and informative. We learnt a lot about Venice as well as the 2 islands. Highly recommend
Very interesting and fun. The kids did not complain and listened with interest to our guide. I found it expensive at first but I appreciated very much to skip the waiting line!
Easy meeting point,justed needed more time to go round,but good taster.
Well worth doing if you’re going to Doge’s Palace, shows the darker and more interesting history of the place.
Well worth it and not too strenuous!
The native Venezian tour guide was very professional and knew her stuff. Very educational and dispelled a couple of myths for me.
When it comes to Venice tours, its difficult to decide where to start. You could kick things off by grabbing a tour of St. Mark’s Basilica with its domes and beautiful gold mosaics. It's these mosaics that, in the late afternoon, catch the setting sun’s rays and transform the facade into a shimmering spectacle of sparkling delight. Or, the Doge’s Palace with its sprawling labyrinth of rooms. Then again, you could also begin at the Gallerie dell’Accademia. The gallery traces the history and development of Venetian art between the 14th and 18th century. Moreover, you will be able to see works by Titian, Bellini and Canaletto. Fact is it doesn’t matter.
Guided tours in Venice including any of the main sights guarantee to provide you with an unforgettable experience. An experience that will bring you closer to the rich history and culture of the city.
But, as always, there’s more to the city than the top sights in Venice and a Venice city tour will open your eyes to that. In the watery city, substitute a bus tour for a gondola tour and float down the city’s many canals and take in the beautiful architecture and detail from a wholly different perspective. For alternative day tours, Venice has also got you covered. Visit Rialto Market, around the corner from the bridge, for an authentic taste of contemporary Venetian life. In fact, this lovely market has been feeding Venetians and inciting their appetites for seven centuries. To get the most of it, make sure to visit it in the early morning. Rialto will greet you with picture-perfect pyramids of colorful seasonal produce. Plus, many farmers will be happy to give you tasty samples.
Some of the best tours in Venice are those you take yourself, without the help of a guide. Throw caution to the wind and turn your back on all the Venice tours on offer and let nothing but your own intrigue guide you. You’ll be surprised by what you may just discover. For example, San Giorgio Maggiore which offers the best views of Venice and none crowds that come with those jostling for a spot at the top of San Marco Campanile.
Venice is a north-eastern city in Italy. Also known as the “floating city,” it is located in the shallow Venetian Lagoon in the Adriatic sea. Set across a group of 118 islands these are separated by canals that are linked together by bridges.
Venice is undoubtedly most recognized for its water-based location and the Venice carnival which occurs every year in February. This staple on the Venice events calendar dates as far back as 1162 AD. The festival is a cornucopia of pleasures with revelers often donning iconic Venetian masks. During the middle ages and the Renaissance, The Republic of Venice was a major financial and maritime power and contributed significantly to the Renaissance movement. Now, the city is considered one of the most beautiful, not just in Europe, but the world.
The Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica are the centerpieces of Venice. A trip to Venice would not be complete a visit to both sites. But, the city also boasts a whole slew of other fantastic attractions. There is the beautiful, ornate Rialto Bridge, the Santa Maria Della Salute church, and the beautiful island of Murano where they have been expertly blowing glass for centuries. And, of course, you could, no you must jump on a gondola for a ride through the city and its labyrinth of waterways and canals.
When it comes to weather, late spring and early summer are the best times of year for a trip to Venice. Of course, this means that it's also when the city is at its busiest with many tourists visiting. Over the winter period, typically from October to January, Venice experiences its high water period. This can complicate sightseeing, but it invites an opportunity to experience Venice in a truly unique way. Remember though, that Venice is in northern Italy and on the coast of the Adriatic sea, so winters are colder than other parts of the country and last a little longer.
We always recommend that you book ahead, especially if planning your trip during peak season. Peak season sees big crowds with many of the most popular sites experiencing long queues with up to two hours wait time. Booking ahead means you can guarantee to see all the things you want to see on the days you are in the city. They also often include fast-track access and skip the queue options that mean you can reduce your time standing around.
We always recommend getting a guide to Venice’s major attractions. For example, the Doge’s Palace is a labyrinth of rooms and having someone there to help navigate will make the trip a better experience. They will also be able to keep you up to date with the history of the Palace, the rooms, and what's in them. You will greatly benefit from a guide for a gondola tour as well as other Venice tours for a number of reasons. For instance, piloting a gondola requires years of experience. And two, if you’ve never been to Venice before, how will you know where to go and see the top sights in Venice?