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Venice: Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

1. Venice: Sunset Cruise by Typical Venetian Boat

Enjoy a romantic adventure in Venice and climb aboard a beautiful Venetian boat to cruise around the city as the sun sets. Depart from central Venice and head for the islands of St. Andrea and Vignole. You will then cruise along the Lido, heading towards the quiet islands of San Lazzaro degli Armeni, San Servolo, San Clemente, Le Grazie, Giudecca, and San Giorgio Maggiore. Between Giudecca and San Giorgio you will be served a glass of sparkling Prosecco to sip as you take in breathtaking views of the Salute Church and St. Mark's Square. Watch as the sun descends in the sky and paints the beautiful architecture and waters of the lagoon shades of red, orange, and amber. Return through St. Elena and the Arsenale as your captain tells the history of Venice and its islands.

Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

2. Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon

You will begin by boarding a "topa" boat (motor boat) on which you will experience an authentic Venetian aperitivo. This drink will be enjoyed as you take in the stunning views of Venice from the outer lagoon and its magical islands. As soon as you begin cruising your host will begin serving you drinks and snacks. The experience will last about 1.5 hours, during which you will get to see the city's most iconic views. These city highlights include San Marco, Giudecca, Lido di Venezia, and much more. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide will drop you off back to your tour starting point. This is not a private tour, as you will share the experience with other guests.

Venice: Romantic Gondola tour and Dinner for two

3. Venice: Romantic Gondola tour and Dinner for two

Board your private gondola and emerse yourself in this ancient Venetian tradition, experience Venice as the locals have for more than a thousand years. Once upon a time the most noble and wealthy of families would have travelled around by gondola - the slightly eccentric Peggy Guggenheim was the last person to have her own private gondola in the 1960's. On this unique exploration of the Venetian romantic canals, unwind and relax into the gentle rhythms and movements of the Grand Canal, appreciating the skill involved in steering the gondola through the intricate waterways of the city. As you sit back and take in the views, you will inevitably become involved in the friendly banter of the gondoliers - as much a part of Venetian culture as the gondola itself! This charming tour will take you one step closer to the romantic facades of Venice and will enable you to understand what it was to be truly Venetian. At the end of your romantic 30-minutes ride, disembark at the picturesque campo Santa Maria del Giglio and after a short 5 minutes’ walk, you reach your destination top rated venetian restaurant located close to Saint Marks, which offers traditional and international cuisine, and is renowned for its high standard of food and excellent service. Take your seat and enjoy a fresh and sparkling glass of prosecco. Delight in a three course meal to as part of this hopelessly romantic evening event. A very special evening for all of you romantics at heart! Gondola at 16.00 (November-March) at 18.00 (April-October) Dinner at 19.00

Venice: Special Cooking Experience at Francesco's Home!🇮🇹

4. Venice: Special Cooking Experience at Francesco's Home!🇮🇹

Welcome to my cooking experience! My name is Francesco, and I am thrilled to introduce you to my unique experience in the heart of Venice, where I combine traditional Italian home cooking with live music! I have two great passions, the first is related to traditional Italian home cooking, the second is my love for music, I am a professional guitarist indeed! In this one-of-a-kind cooking class, I will take you to my home and teach you how to make homemade pasta! I will guide you step by step in the preparation of the dough, the cut of the fresh pasta, all the way to preparing a delicious sauce and plating! After having lunch together, I will take you into the world of acoustic guitar! My goal is to make your time in Venice unique, both enjoyable and educational! Visit my instagram: francescocolabella.cooking www.francescocolabella.com

Venice: Grand Canal Private Boat Trip

5. Venice: Grand Canal Private Boat Trip

Sail up the Grand Canal on a guided boat tour, and cruise along some of the Giudecca canal. The Grand Canal is, without doubt, the most spectacular 'High Street' in the world. It's lined with beautiful palaces constructed over hundreds of years.  As you sail, you can easily imagine what it was like when it was lined with gardens, warehouses, stonemasons, and squeri, where gondolas were built. Discover why there are so many different styles of architecture and why so many of the buildings are of Moorish or Eastern style.  Experience first-hand why poets and writers, such as Shelly, Byron, and Browning, loved Venice so much. Then, nip down some of the city's more secluded waterways, unreachable by foot. Cruise under picturesque bridges, and explore a quieter side of Venice, where the façades of the city can only be seen from the canals

Venice: Giudecca Island Discover Walking Tour

6. Venice: Giudecca Island Discover Walking Tour

Discover the fishbone-like shaped Giudecca Island, known to be Venice’s unofficial seventh sestiere (neighborhood), on a guided walking trip of the Island. Once an aristocratic retreat and later the city industrial center, the island nowadays boasts a trendy artistic district. After meeting your guide for the day, set out to walk through characteristic Giudecca, the largest and closest island to Venice, from which it is separated by the broad and deep Giudecca Canal. Travel via waterbus to Giudecca and enjoy breath-taking views of the city on the way. The peacefulness of the island has also made it popular among religious communities and with patrician families who have built palaces with gardens and allotments here. You’ll get to see how, after the fall of the republic, these areas were converted into warehouses, barracks, prisons, factories, and workers’ quarters. Today, some of them have been converted for artistic and modern purposes. Walk through the long pedestrian quay running the length of the island’s Venice-facing side and wander around its hidden lagoon-facing side with lush gardens, inspiring galleries, and neighborhoods. 

Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon (private tour)

7. Venice: Venetian Aperitif on the Lagoon (private tour)

You will begin by boarding a "topa" boat (motor boat) on which you will experience an authentic Venetian aperitivo. This drink will be enjoyed as you take in the stunning views of Venice from the outer lagoon and its magical islands. As soon as you begin cruising your host will begin serving you drinks and snacks. The experience will last about 1.5 hours, during which you will get to see the city's most iconic views. These city highlights include San Marco, Giudecca, Lido di Venezia, and much more. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide will drop you off back to your tour starting point. This is a private tour for just you and your partner,friends or family.

2-Day Venice Trip From Rome - Private Tour

8. 2-Day Venice Trip From Rome - Private Tour

On the first day, depart from the Roma Termini Train Station at 6:50 AM. In three and a half hours you will reach the Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station, where you will meet your guide. Upon arrival in Venice, you will check in at the hotel. Your unforgettable journey will start from here. Walking along the Grand Canal and crossing the historic center of Cannaregio with its delightful little streets, you will head towards to San Marco Square where you can admire the most famous monuments of Venice, such as the 700-year-old basilica of San Marco and its museum as well as the San Marco Campanile. Also see the Clock Tower of the first Renaissance building, the Ducal Palace in Venetian Gothic style and the Bridge of Sighs, where you can take romantic and unforgettable photos. After lunch, you will head for the magnificent Rialto Bridge, where you can admire the splendid view of the Grand Canal and stroll through the ancient Rialto market. Afterwards you will visit the historical Panoramic Terrace of Fontego dei Tedeschi, now the residence of some of the most famous brand shops, where you can enjoy the best view of Venice. Then have dinner at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel to end day one of your trip.  On the second day, you will meet with your guide at 9:00 AM in front of the hotel and head to the vaporetto station. There you will board a boat in the direction of the extraordinary Santa Maria della Salute, located at Punta della Dogana between the Canale Grande and Giudecca. During the short trip, you can admire the Grand Canal and its breathtaking view from the sea. Upon arrival, you will visit the 17th-century Basilica built in Baroque style and here you can take some remarkable photos. Afterwards, you will head to the Accademia Bridge, where you can admire a different panoramic view of the Grand Canal. After lunch, you will go to the Scala Contarini del Bovolo, the hidden treasure of Venice, a staircase characterized by a style between Renaissance, Gothic and Byzantine. Then you will be satisfied with the wonderful views of the city thanks to a traditional gondola ride that will show you the best of the Venice canal. After your gondola ride, you will board a vaporetto and return to your hotel. Take your bags and go to the train station where you catch the train at 4:35 PM back to Rome.

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This cooking class with Francesco is a MUST while you’re in Venice!! He is such a kind soul and went above and beyond to make this experience memorable for me and my mom. Francesco is such a talented person- both cooking and music- and we are so happy that we booked this experience and got to know him during our travels in Venice. The experience is very unique as Francesco welcomes you into his home to cook fresh pasta and perform some guitar afterwards - 100% the best cooking class I’ve ever taken and it’s one of my top experiences from all my travels EVER! Thank you thank you thank you Francesco!!! :)

This was a brilliant trip and captain Tomasz was absolutely fantastic, giving really interesting facts about the sights we cruised past and always kept our Prosecco glass full! An incredible experience and much better value than a gondola ride! If we come back to Venice would definitely book again.

We enjoyed the cooking experience very much! It was a great one on one experience. Braxton and I got lost and he was so helpful with the directions to his beautiful home. After the cooking lesson he played the guitar for us. This was definitely one for the books!

Our Guide Tomazo was spectacular! Punctual, friendly, polite. Your boat is beautiful, very well cared for and painted. Seeing Venice from another angle was very pleasant and Tomazo knows the city very well and did everything with great care.

It was an absolutely successful tour, even to more peaceful places with a good overall overview of the city and its islands and exciting background knowledge. We would do it again at any time and recommend it!