Venice Walking Tours

Will you be in Venice – with a free day? Your Own Italy will help make it a perfect day. We offer a range of tours focusing on history, art and culture as well as the possibility to develop a custom tour just for you. All tours are privately guided and include skip-the-line tickets. Our Day Long Tours are conducted by private drivers and English-speaking guides, offering experiences designed to make our beautiful country Your Own Italy.

History Tours

Looking at Ponte degli Scalzi and Venetian buildings

Cannaregio is the northernmost "sestiere," or neighborhood, of Venice. A pleasant, relatively tranquil part of the city that is off the main tourist track, it nevertheless hosts imposing palaces, important churches, and enchanting canals and bridges. In it lived such famous Venetians as Tintoretto and Titian; it is a picturesque area and enjoys sweeping vistas of the northern lagoon; it played a vital role in the history and economy of the city of which it is part. But perhaps most important to...

Art and Museum Tours

View from the water of Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy

The collections in these museums is among Venice's greatest and range from Byzantine and Gothic paintings through Renaissance masters to the art of the 21st century. The marble facade of the Ca’ Rezzonico Museum faces the Grand Canal. Today this opulent Baroque palazzo houses a museum and historic palace dedicated to 18th century Venice. Highlights include paintings by famous 18th century Venetian painters such as Pietro Longhi, Canaletto, and Francesco Guardi; a collection of Murano glass; and...

Face of clock of San Giacometto Church at the Rialto Bridge in Venice

This introduction to Venice begins with a walk around St. Mark’s Square, also known as the "marble salon" for its many cafés and meeting places, where you can admire the outside of St. Mark’s Basilica, with its Byzantine mosaic renditions of scenes from the life of Christ and, in the lunettes of the lateral portals, scenes showing the history of the relics of Saint Mark. Within the Basilica, which is unique in the world for its 4,000 square meters of golden mosaics and marble floor inlays, your...

View of Punta della Dogana's art center jutting out into the water in Venice

The city of Venice houses world-class art from the medieval period through the late 18th century. However, hidden within its labyrinth of alleys and canals there is also a rich contemporary art scene. With the first Biennale of 1895 the city opened itself to new trends of the Secession and later European avant-garde movements, attracting artists, collectors, and gallery owners form around the world. The permanent collections and temporary exhibitions of the Peggy Guggenheim collection, Punta...

City Tours

Piazza San Marco filled with visitors, flanked by arches of loggia

A visit to Venice should begin, as this one does, with a walk around St. Mark’s Square and a visit to St. Mark’s Basilica. Decorated on the outside with Byzantine mosaic renditions of scenes from the life of Christ and the history of the relics of Saint Mark, making the Basilica unique in the world. The tour will continue in the labrynth known as the "hidden Venice". Navigating through narrow streets, you will reach some of the most beautiful churches of the city: San Zaccaria, SS. Giovanni e...

Boat Tours

Colorful buildings alongside a canal on the island of Burano in Venice

You'll speed along the Venetian Lagoon to two islands famous for their handicrafts and architecture. Known for its glassware shops and factories, Murano boasts a long and still-thriving glass tradition dating back to 1291, when artisans moved their kilns from the old city center. Exploring the island on foot, you will visit a museum dedicated to the art of glass and watch a skill glassblowers at their craft; view the splendor of Murano’s palaces and Veneto-Byzantine style churches, some with...

Food and Wine

Detail of table with cheese, fruits and wine in Italy

Discover some “osterie” in the historical center of Venice, a city famous not only for its beautiful buildings, picturesque canals, and narrow streets, but for its fantastic regional cuisine and local wine! On this delightful 2.5 hour tour, you will taste your way through three different "enotecas" or wine bar where local Venetians go to drink and mingle. At each stop, you will sample regional wines and prosecco served alongside small appetizer plates, or "cicchetti," made of local specialties...

Day Excursion

Palladian style villa along the Brenta Canal in Venice, Italy

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to explore a region that for most of its history was an independent republic and didn't become part of Italy until the second half of the nineteenth century. The Republic of Venice began life at the close of the Roman Empire as an outpost of refugees fleeing barbarian invaders; by the early Renaissance, thanks to some strategic looting and a location at the head of the Adriatic Sea, it had become an independent "republic" and one of the richest and most...

Looking up at mosaics of the octagonal interior of Basilica San Vitale

Before reaching Ravenna, your guide will show you Chioggia, an old fishing city with the canals and bridges of Venice but without its palaces and crowds. Moving back in time, you will tour Pomposa Abbey, an important Benedictine spiritual center near Ferrara begun in the late 800s in a simple Romanesque style; its lack of ornamentation and minimal later additions make it an excellent example of the transition from classical to medieval architecture. Finally, in the Neonian baptistery and St...

Official Capulet balcony on building in Verona, called 'Juliet balcony'

Vicenza and Verona are small cities, but between them is archeological, architectural, and artistic evidence of just about every significant period in Italy's history. In Vicenza, the emphasis is on the elegant and extremely influential work of sixteenth century architect Andrea Palladio, whose rediscovery of the building styles of the ancient Greeks and Roman changed the appearance of Europe forever and greatly affected construction design in the New World, as well. The city's beautiful...