Venice Walking Tour
Your walking tour of Venice with a local private guide may start directly from your hotel in Venice or from your meeting point* ( see “Pick up details).
Walking through the narrow streets of Venice, you can breathe the atmosphere of an Italian city symbol of the 18h century still highly vital. Crossing its ancient bridges, you will admire Gothic churches and palaces in delicate colors; the characteristic balconies and arched windows facing the Grand Canal show details that look like lace. Inside, the precious ceilings with wooden beams are proudly displayed, illuminated by the beautiful Murano chandeliers. The last but not most minor stop of your Venice walk is the elegant Rialto Bridge.
Upon request, the guide will organize a half-hour Venice gondola ride paid directly to the gondolier. The fare for half an hour for the gondola is € 80.00.
St. Mark’s Square: Doge’s Palace (exterior) and Bridge of Sighs
The top things to see in Venice are in St. Mark’s Square! Piazza San Marco is the living room of Venice, a meeting place for tourists and Venetians.
Next to the Basilica of St. Mark, there is the Ducal Palace, once the Doge’s residence, the ancient Serenissima Republic governor. Its facade’s oriental style is the perfect casket to house masterpieces by Tintoretto and Veronese’s likes. You will admire the characteristic Bridge of Sighs, the access ramp for the condemned who sighed while admiring the view for the last time before being imprisoned in prisons. The Doge’s Palace’s visit is possible on request and included in the tour, inevitably sacrificing at least one hour of the walk. Alternatively, we will arrange a dedicated 2-hour visit for another day.
St. Mark’s Basilica visit
Despite the total lack of architectural unity, the beauty of the Basilica is unique and enveloping. The Byzantine influence is immediately evident and not only for the magnificent mosaics that decorate the facade and the entrance. You will visit the Basilica of San Marco’s interior with your private guide, who will tell you the story of the Saint and the Church. Some dates vary from year to year, in which the Basilica is closed to visits. In these cases, the guide will explain it from the outside, and the guide will replace the visit by exploring other suggestive places in the city.
The Bell Tower and the Clock Tower (from outside)
The Bell Tower, 324 feet, is the exact copy of the tower that collapsed suddenly in 1902. It is a symbol of Venice together with Saint Mark Basilica. It was the platform for Galileo to test his telescope.
At the top of the Clock Tower, two bronze “Moors” strike the hours, with the identical mechanism, from the 15th century.
Venice off the beaten path
Your guide will be happy to bring you to a site little known by tourists and beloved by the Venetians.
The Contarini-Bovolo staircase is a harmonious ensemble of the Renaissance, Gothic, and Venetian-Byzantine styles. Commissioned by Pietro Contarini in 1400 to flaunt the importance of its name, the Venetians added the nickname “del Bovolo.” The snail, whose shape it recalls, thus translates into Venetian. For those who wish it is possible to go up. We prefer to leave the optional climb; you will decide on-site whether to walk the 80 steps of the 26-meter high tower (the ticket costs 7 euros from 12 years upwards, to pay on the spot). From the top, you can enjoy a spectacular view over Venice’s rooftops, but also from below, it is a spectacle worth seeing.
You will enjoy a typical lunch in a selected restaurant (included) during a one-hour break between the Venice walking tour Venice islands tour,
Private boat tour to the most famous Venice Islands
Sailing on a private Venice islands cruise, you will move away from the spectacular Grand Canal to enter the lagoon. You will reach three of the more than 100 islands, where the inhabitants of the mainland sought refuge from the Barbarian invasions. The guide, accompanying you to the restaurant, will show you where you will meet your private driver for the islands’ tour.
Picturesque island with brightly colored houses that brighten the canals. Characteristic is the church of San Martino with the leaning bell tower. The inhabitants’ hospitality is well known and reflects this island’s soul, also famous for its lace-making.
The island is famous worldwide for its long tradition of processing this material. Here you will have the chance to watch a glassmaker blow into a tube to create whatever he wants, even one of the fantastic Venetian chandeliers. Also worth seeing is the church of Santa Maria and San Donato, in Romanesque style, with its floor embellished with colored mosaics. According to legend, the church would house the dragon’s bones killed by the Saint.