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3 hours

Venice Walking Tours: City Tours

Introductory Tour of Hidden Venice and Gondola Ride



Join your guide at your hotel and head to the magnificent Piazza San Marco, the heart of Venice. Here you will admire the stunning exterior of St. Mark’s Basilica, a masterpiece of Byzantine art that features dazzling mosaics depicting scenes from the life of Christ. You will also learn about the fascinating history of the relics that are housed inside the basilica.

After that, you will discover the secret nooks of Venice, strolling along winding streets and picturesque plazas that showcase the genuine beauty of the city. You will feel the history and culture of Venice in every step, as you admire the architectural wonders and artistic treasures that make this city unique. You will also enjoy the lively atmosphere and the friendly locals, who will share with you their stories and traditions. This is a great opportunity to experience Venice beyond the tourist crowds and to immerse yourself in its enchanting charm.

As you walk along the narrow streets of Venice, you will encounter a magnificent building that is a symbol of the city’s rich musical heritage. This is La Fenice, the famous opera house that has hosted many premieres of renowned composers such as Rossini, Bellini, Verdi and Stravinsky. La Fenice, which means “the phoenix” in Italian, has risen from the ashes several times after being destroyed by fires. The current structure dates back to 2003, when it was rebuilt following the original design of 1792. Inside, you will find a lavish auditorium with five tiers of boxes, decorated with gold and red velvet. The acoustics are superb, and the atmosphere is enchanting. You will have the opportunity to enjoy some of the finest operas in the world, performed by talented singers and musicians. La Fenice is not only a place of entertainment, but also a witness of history and culture. It is a must-see for any lover of music and art.

The final part of your tour is a special treat: a private gondola ride along the enchanting canals of Venice. You will glide through the water and admire the stunning architecture and history of this unique city. You will feel the romance and charm of Venice as you see it from a different angle. This is a memorable and relaxing way to end your tour and experience the magic of Venice.

What's Included

  • Expert, licensed English-speaking guide
  • Private tour of St. Mark’s Square and outside of the Basilica, the churches of San Zaccaria, SS. Giovanni e Paolo, and Santi Maria dei Miracoli, the Fenice Theater and the Rialto Bridge
  • Private 30-minute gondola ride

Other Info

  • This is a private tour – your party only
  • Modest attire is required in churches and basilicas; knees and shoulders must be covered.
  • Please wear comfortable shoes as this tour requires a fair amount of walking.
  • This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly and we will take you on alternative routes suitable for you.


Is there a dress code I should know about?
There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is also recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as you may not be permitted to enter and storage accommodations are not usually available.
What if there is bad weather?
Our tours operate rain or shine!
Is tipping customary in Italy?
Tipping is indeed customary in Italy ! It is considered a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave “a little something extra” depending on the level of service you receive. For a private guide it is suggested to leave 15 – 25 euros for a typical 3-hour tour.
What happens after I’ve requested a booking through your website?
Your Own Italy will send a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking. You will then be invited to make your payment using a link that will be provided.
Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
Can tours be modified?
Yes, we will do our best to adjust any tour to accommodate special requests.
How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What are Your Own Italy’s payment terms?
Full payment is due when the tour confirmation email is sent, within 24 hours of your booking. You will be provided with a link to our payment page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
How do I amend a reservation?
Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.

Meeting Point

Please specify when booking whether you would prefer to meet your private guide at your accommodations or at a designated point near the highlights of the tour.

Duration Of Tour

Walking Tours last approximately 3 hours unless otherwise specified.
Tour times are average – some groups prefer a more leisurely pace with fewer sites, with your private guide, this is your option.