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Santa Maria della Salute: Our most recommended tours and activities

Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride with App Commentary

1. Venice: Grand Canal Gondola Ride with App Commentary

Feel the essence of Venice as you explore hidden and picturesque waterways near the Grand Canal with a gondola ride. Listen to in-app commentary to learn more about the city as you admire the sights. Start your activity by meeting the host, who will explain some curiosities about the history of gondolas and gondoliers. Get free access to an app with commentary of your itinerary on the gondola. As you enjoy the beauties of the Grand Canal, admire the marvelous Palaces such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Palace, the Gritti Palace, the Salute Church, the Punta della Dogana. Discover the worldwide-famous La Fenice Theatre and the Mozart House along the romantic and hidden waterways. At the end of your ride, enjoy a breathtaking view of the Saint Mark’s Basin with San Giorgio Island.

Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

2. Venice: Grand Canal by Gondola with Commentary

Explore the canals of Venice aboard a gondola. As your gondolier takes you down secluded ways and along the Grand Canal, enjoy live commentary from your guide. Learn about the city's palaces, churches, and attractions. Hear about local stories and the history of the gondola and gondoliers. During your journey, admire Desdemona’s House and Mozart’s House. You'll also pass by the magnificent La Fenice Theatre and the “De le Ostreghe” Canal. Continue on to the most important canal in Venice, the Grand Canal. Make your way towards the Salute Church, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and some of the stunning Venetian palaces that run alongside the canal, like Ca'Dolfin, Ca'Loredan, Grimani Palace, and many others. You will also see Punta de la Dogana and Saint Mark’s basin before making your way back to Campo San Moisè. At the end of the tour, you will receive a QR code to download a digital map with 2D images of Venice from the Middle Ages until the 18th century. With the shared option, enjoy a 20-minute walking tour from the meeting point as well as your 30-minute gondola ride. See the Biennale Cafe and the facade of San Moisè Church and learn about the history of the Venetian gondola tradition. You will also see Punta della Dogana and Grand Canal.

Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Canal Grande

3. Venice: Private Gondola Ride along Canal Grande

Board an authentic gondola and take a romantic journey along the Canal Grande in Venice. See the historic sights along the shoreline as you glide down the canal. Set off from the departure point and admire marvelous palaces, such as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute. Explore the secret waterways of Venice and soak up the city's atmosphere with your friends or your beloved. Travel by gondola close to St. Mark's Square, Fenice Opera House, Punta della Dogana and many other charming palaces. Pass under a small bridge as you discover the hidden spots reachable only by gondola. Enjoy commentary on your mobile app as you discover the stories and secrets of the city.

Venice: Private Grand Canal Gondola Ride

4. Venice: Private Grand Canal Gondola Ride

The best perspective to admire Venice is from the water, and a gondola is the most traditional and unique way to do this. Discover the city through a guided tour, experiencing how Venetians moved from one district to another in the past. Your gondola journey begins close to Hotel Bauer, a few steps away from St. Mark's Square. Navigate the Grand Canal before crossing toward hidden inner canals that will allow you to admire views that go unnoticed when walking through the city center. Marvel at the majestic Rialto Bridge, one of the most ancient and famous bridges in Venice. Come across famous buildings, such as the tragically-destroyed Gran Teatro 'La Fenice', the majestic Basilica della Salute, and the elegant Palazzo Contarini Fasan, with Gothic architecture. Return back to St. Mark's Square to disembark your vessel and bid your gondolier farewell.

Venice: Shared Gondola Ride through the Lagoon City

5. Venice: Shared Gondola Ride through the Lagoon City

Discover Venice from the water and admire the city of bridges and canals. Sit back, relax in your velvet seat and watch as the wonderful Byzantine buildings go by. Glide under the countless bridges and hear the soft sounds of the water against the crumbling walls of the palazzi. Cruise down the famous Canal Grande and see the area around the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute. Admire this wonderful Baroque church from the 17th century and see the winding little canals. Relax on your gondola and take in views of sights like the famous Rialto Bridge and San Moisè Church. Admire the Teatro La Fenice and other Venetian landmarks as you cruise down its canals.

Venice: Grand Canal Boat Tour

6. Venice: Grand Canal Boat Tour

Hop into a motorboat and cruise down the Grand Canal of Venice. See dozens of palazzos, mansions, churches, and iconic bridges that span the waterways. Marvel at the ancient Rialto, the oldest and most famous bridge, and then admire the modern Della Constituzione, a glass bridge constructed near Calatrava. Pass central Venetian patrician houses, home to art collections, museums, and university seats. See major city and state institutions like Ca' Grande and Ca' Balbi, and the luxurious hotel Gritti. Catch a glimpse of the bustling casino at Ca' Vendramin Caliergi, and the soirees' palace Ca' Pisani Moretta, before passing through international communities like Fondaco dei Tedeschi. You will also get to see the grand religious edifice of La Madonna Della Salute.

Venice: 30-Minute Gondola Ride on Grand Canal with Serenade

7. Venice: 30-Minute Gondola Ride on Grand Canal with Serenade

No visit to Venice is complete without taking a gondola ride down the world famous Grand Canal - even better when it's accompanied by a live musician's serenade! Enjoy a relaxing evening cruising down many hidden canals so small you can literally touch the palazzos as you float by them. Explore the beauty of this city and breathe in the Italian culture unique to Venice. What makes this tour special is its musical flair - local musicians will be on board the gondola to serenade everybody with the traditional romantic music of Italy. What better way to spend an afternoon in Venice and get in the Italian spirit with your friends or family!

Venice: Panoramic Cruise and Sunset Aperitif on the Lagoon

8. Venice: Panoramic Cruise and Sunset Aperitif on the Lagoon

Join this panoramic cruise and enjoy a typical Venetian aperitif in St. Mark's Basin. Take in a stunning sunset on board as you pass in front of Saint Mark's Square and see Venice's islands and its most romantic sights. Start your cruise in San Marco's square. After boarding, enjoy an aperitif as you sail through Venice. Cruise past Venice's islands and enjoy a beautiful view of the sunset and St. Mark's Square. After a romantic, colorful evening, return to your boarding board in St. Mark's Square.

Venice: Private Gondola Ride

9. Venice: Private Gondola Ride

Feel like part of the ancient Venetian tradition, and experience the city as the locals have for more than a thousand years, on this private gondola ride. On your 25 to 30-minute journey, be taken away from the main waterways and tourist sights, as your gondolier navigates you with expertise and precision through some of the narrower, quieter canals of Venice. As you sit back and enjoy the scenery, you'll inevitably become involved in the friendly banter of the gondoliers and their particular Venetian dialect, which is as much a part of Venetian culture as the gondola itself. Pre-book your trip and avoid having to negotiate with the gondolier or stress about details.

Private Serenade Gondola Tour

10. Private Serenade Gondola Tour

With music filling the air and the wonderful Baroque buildings reflected in the waters, a Gondola ride is truly the best way to experience the magical city of Venice. This 30-minute Gondola ride especially for your group will take you along the enchanting canals of Venice accompanied by traditional music and songs. Board the distinctive Gondola and cruise along some of Venice’s backstreets as well as the Grand Canal. During the Gondola ride, a singer will board one of the boats and croon traditional Venetian numbers as you drift on the canal. The Grand Canal has been called ‘the finest street in the world”. Dressed in traditional costume, your gondolier will row you along the canals and you will see a boulevard of baroque palazzo dating from the 12th to the 18th century. Some of the major highlights that you will pass are Santa Maria della Salute church, Teatro la Fenice, Accademia bridge, Peggy Guggenheim, Mozart's home and more.

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What people are saying about Santa Maria della Salute

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 8,156 reviews

The walking tour was around ~30min and was informative. The guide was very friendly and accommodating to both English and Spanish speakers in the group. The gondola ride was, despite other reviewer's experiences, a full 30 minutes! The gondolier was friendly and it was entertaining to hear him banter with the other gondoliers in the canals. However, you won't be getting the gondola to yourself (we shared with a Spanish couple). Overall, extremely worth it for its price.

An excellent tour, combining a short walk and guided commentary about Venice, together with a short (30 minutes) gondola ride. To do it at least once in a lifetime. Our guide Alessandra was particularly knowledgeable and pleasant to talk to. Recommended!

After a long day of walking through Venice, this was such a nice way to view the canal and learn a bit about the city’s history. Our guide was very knowledgeable and our 3 boys loved the experience.

We had a visit with Alexandra. A very interesting moment, a humorous person, we learned a lot. Alexandra is an awesome guide. Thanks to her.

La breve introduzione iniziale molto interessante. La guida, Alessandra, particolarmente simpatica e preparata.