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  3. Venice
  4. Piazza San Marco

Venice: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour

Product ID: 132777
Starting in Saint Mark’s Square, this atmospheric walking tour will then whisk you away from the crowded streets into the treasure filled pockets of the Castello area.
About this activity
Duration: 1.5 hours
Starting time 9:00 AM
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Embark on a 1.5-hour walking tour of Saint Mark's Square and the Castello area
  • Escape the crowds by visiting an atmospheric, residential part of the city
  • Be led by a fully qualified local guide and live audio commentary
  • Discover hidden campi and churches in the less crowed area behind San Marco
Full description
Starting in St. Mark’s Square, this atmospheric walking tour will whisk you away from the crowded streets into the treasure filled pockets of the Castello area. A qualified guide will walk you through the hidden squares, winding canals and historical buildings providing you with a perfect introduction to the origins, symbols, traditions, architecture and life in present day Venice.

The tour will start with a historical introduction of St. Marks’s Square and its architectural delights, allowing you to discover the history of the majestic St. Mark’s Basilica, the illustrious Doge’s Palace, once the seat of the power of the Republic of Venice, and the extraordinary, Renaissance clock tower. Leaving the square, you will be guided into the residential Castello area, allowing you to discover this part of Venice in all of its elegance, through its labyrinth of narrow alleys known as calli, its many bridges, winding canals and wide picturesque squares called campi.

Discover campo Santa Maria Formosa and campo San Giovanni & Paolo, with its stunning Basilica, where the doges of Venice were buried. At the end of your walking tour, come back with your local guide in San Marco's square passing through the Mercerie, the shopping connection street between Rialto and San Marco.
  • Guided tour of the area between St. Mark's Square and Castello
  • Personal audio system and headset for tour commentary
  • Live tour commentary provided in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian
What’s Not Included
  • This tour will not include access to museums or attractions
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

In front of the Clock Tower (the white tower with the blue clock and the bell on top) next to the YEX change office, in Saint Mark's Square. Look for the assistant with a white "TOUR" sign. Piazza San Marco, 15, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy.

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Important information
Not allowed
  • Oversize luggage
Know before you go
• This is an external walking tour only
• Check-in will be 15 minutes prior to the booked tour starting time
• This activity is not wheelchair accessible
• You should wear comfortable walking shoes
• The walking tour will take place rain or shine
• Children are free up to 5 years, from 6 they pay the full ticket (ID required)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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February 26, 2020

The microphone of the guide did not work so we had trouble

Christine the guide was great ...

February 16, 2019

Pessimistic guide and description of the astonished ride

I found the guide very friendly, however she only talked about the problems of Venice rising waters, disrespectful tourists, memories made in China. Having used to do free sightseeing tours (we give away what we want at the end), I found the price of the service exaggerated. I'm staying on my end for lack of anecdotes, storytelling that could have transported me into the fabulous story of the Serene. Very disappointed I do not recommend!

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October 15, 2018

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Venice Events srl

Product ID: 132777