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Venice: Sightseeing Tour with a Local Guide

1. Venice: Sightseeing Tour with a Local Guide

See the beautiful attractions of Venice on a sightseeing tour with a local guide. Cross the network of canals using the small bridges and narrow lanes of the historic Rialto, San Marco and Cannaregio districts.  Discover the site of the old trade center from the days of the Venetian Empire. Pass the former home of the explorer Marco Polo and learn how he built trade agreements with China providing an important link between the East and West. See the impressive church of San Pantalon in the Dorsoduro district. Continue to the large Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, where the painter Titian is buried. Enter the narrow square of the Campo San Bartolomeo, and continue to the Basilica di San Giovanni e Paolo, where 25 of the doges are buried. End on St. Mark's Square and admire St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace.

Venice: Jewish Ghetto 2-Hour Walking Tour

2. Venice: Jewish Ghetto 2-Hour Walking Tour

See a side of Venice that is missed by most visitors on this walking tour of the Jewish Ghetto around the Cannaregio district.  Join a small-group tour on a leisurely stroll to see such landmarks as the Deportation Memorial, which has stories to deepen your understanding of Venice’s Jewish history. Start your Jewish Ghetto tour at the Cannaregio district, now a fascinating residential area in the northern part of the city. Learn about the historic Jewish influence the minute you enter this area as you see yellow signs in Hebrew and Italian directing you to the Synagogue.  This charming area is teeming with artisan workshops, galleries, shops, and delis and is best explored at a leisurely pace. Cross the bridge into Campo del Ghetto Nuovo (New Ghetto Square) which belies its name as it was founded as a fortified island in 1516. Hear how the Venetian Jews were confined to the island and how it became densely populated.  The resourceful residents found the solution to the overcrowded conditions; building tenement blocks up to six stories high. Walk past the Deportation Memorial, the Levantine Synagogue, and the Jewish Museum of Venice on this captivating Jewish Ghetto Venice Tour.  One of the most significant highlights of your Jewish Ghetto Venice tour is a series of bas-reliefs in the Campo del Ghetto Nuovo – a sight most visitors to Venice never get to see. Learn how Napoleon tore down the gates of the Jewish Ghetto, giving Jews the right to live anywhere in this grand “Floating City.” Although only a small percentage of the present-day residents are Jewish, the district is awash with Jewish culture, bakeries, restaurants, and handicraft stores. This hidden niche of cultural life in Venice comes vividly to life as your local guide escorts you from one fascinating corner to the next, regaling you with tales of past residents that will add a rich undertone to your visit to Venice.

Venice: Food Tasting Tour with Cicchetti Dishes and Wine

3. Venice: Food Tasting Tour with Cicchetti Dishes and Wine

This tour is the perfect introduction to Venice, giving you an overview of the city’s unrivaled history and a taster of its world-famous cuisine. Your adventure begins in the Cannaregio neighborhood, one of the few remaining residential areas of Venice, known for being a popular after-work meeting spot for thirsty locals. Take a gentle stroll around and chat about its 1,000-year history and your local guide will offer suggestions on other things to see and do during your stay.   A ride in a traditional, stand-up traghetto gondola is next, as you cross the Grand Canal the way the locals do. Once in Rialto, the food tasting can begin! The first stop is at a small eatery near the market, owned by a group of young locals with a passion for experimenting with traditional recipes, giving them a modern twist. Expect dishes such as black ink calamari, polenta with seafood, or seasonal vegetables (served in elaborate dishes).  The second foodie stop is a historic spot that will help you better understand the Venetian culture of 'bacari' and how to enjoy this experience while you’re flying solo around the city.  A few secret, hidden spots near the Rialto are up next, which will demonstrate the importance of moving just one street away from the tourist hordes, to get a little slice of Venice to yourself. The tour will end at the iconic Campo San Bortolomio, which is surrounded by great restaurants and shops. Your guide will be happy to help you with recommendations for continuing the fun or with directions to help you back to your accommodation.

Venice: 2-Hour Legends and Ghosts of Cannaregio Tour

4. Venice: 2-Hour Legends and Ghosts of Cannaregio Tour

Experience the mysterious atmosphere as night falls on the Cannaregio district of Venice. On this 2-hour tour a qualified guide will lead you to hidden corners and quiet places, while entertaining you with legends about this unique area. Your group will make its way through the maze of ancient narrow streets that visitors seldom see. Hear some of the darkest and most obscure stories about Venice. Learn about the ghosts of Cannaregio and of the continuous ghost appearances reported by the region’s current inhabitants.

Venice: Venetian Style Carnival Pub Crawl

5. Venice: Venetian Style Carnival Pub Crawl

What would Venice be without a bar hop, this amazing city is already outstanding with her magnificent palaces, churches and architectural monuments and yet we noticed that there was something missing!! A great alternative to the generally slow night life of Venice, and one of the best ways to meet fellow travellers from around the world. Our tour starts by the Ca' Rezzonico Museum just by the vaporetto stop at 5.00pm, you will meet our fun staff member who will be holding a sign saying "I'm doing it Venetian Style". Meandering through the Labyrinth of small alleyways and campi, we visit 3 local bars know as Bacari in the Venetian dialect. In each bar or in venetian "bacaro" you will be offered an "Ombra", a glass of local wine, and at the final bar you will have the chance to try the very popular Venetian "spritz". You will also taste the typical venetian cicchetti (tapas) in each bacaro. We highly recommend that you book in advance.

Venice: Private Evening Tour w/ Drinks & Bites in Cannaregio

6. Venice: Private Evening Tour w/ Drinks & Bites in Cannaregio

See Venice come to life as the locals come out to unwind in one of the top areas in town, the Cannaregio district. Visit 3 of the best spots for a drink and a typical local bite like Cicchetti and Ombra. Visit beautiful sights with your local guide and nightlife expert. Enjoy local drinks such as wine, beer, cocktails, or non-alcoholic beverages paired with delicious bites typical of the region as you hop from hotspot to hotspot. Vegetarian alternatives cover every taste. Immerse yourself in Venices' vibrant nightlife with your tour guide and get to know the city.

Venice: Private Cannaregio and Jewish Quarter Tour

7. Venice: Private Cannaregio and Jewish Quarter Tour

Your local guide will take you to see beautiful palace facades, houses of past Arab merchants, the Campo dei Mori, and beautiful views of the northern lagoon. Cannaregio was once home to one of Venice’s most famous painters, Tintoretto. Enjoy stories of his life and peers and see the place of his burial, the Madonna Dell’Orto Church. The church, often referred to as Tintoretto’s church, holds a spectacular collection of his masterpieces, and is truly a must for all Tintoretto fans. Walking from here, your guide will accompany you to the famous Jewish Ghetto. Dating back to the early 14th century, there is much to discover on this island within an island. In 1516, the Senate approved the proposal that all Jews should be moved to a closed area within the city. By crossing over one of the three bridges to enter this area, you can step back in time and learn about this complicated history.  Your guide is an expert on Jewish history and you'll be able to learn how the local community lived throughout the ages and how they live today. Enjoy the kosher shops, restaurants, library and synagogues where services take place today to serve Jewish Venetians.  At the conclusion of this walking tour, it will be possible for you to visit the Jewish Museum and synagogues separately, where individual entrance fees are required. After taking this tour, you may also like to consider visiting the old Jewish Cemetry on the Lido of Venice. Goethe, Byron, and Shelly were all fascinated by the melancholy beauty of this cemetery, abandoned in the 18th century.

Venice Mysteries and Legends Guided Walking Tour

8. Venice Mysteries and Legends Guided Walking Tour

Join an unusual nighttime walking tour in Venice with a local guide, who will tell you about the city’s secrets and mysteries and also tell you some ghost stories. The 1 hour 45 minute walk begins in Campo San Bartolomeo, near the famous Rialto Bridge and continues from the Rialto area into Cannaregio and Castello. The itinerary may vary in order to avoid the most crowded areas and introduce you to the more intimate atmosphere that permeates the city at night. You’ll hear about the spirits of the night as you walk along alleyways, in courtyards, around the squares, and on the streets during the tour. There are intriguing ancient legends about Venetian leaders and notable citizens, and tales about ancient Venice's common people as well. Scary tales of more recent times will keep you alert during your walk! After the sun has set the city’s atmosphere lends itself to the supernatural, as the nuances of the evening bring even more suspense to the stories you’ll hear.

Venice: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

9. Venice: Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the first Jewish Ghetto to ever exist during your time in Venice. Join your guide on an informative tour of the area and discover a lesser-known, but an incredibly beautiful and well-preserved district. Learn about the rich history of the neighborhood throughout the years. Meet your guide and explore the district of Cannaregio, with its quaint streets and bridges draped in laundry, an Italian custom. Learn why the Serenissima Republic forced the Jewish community to live under strict rules and how they lived here for centuries. Hear about the local origins of the word 'ghetto' and learn to recognize the hidden synagogues. Acquire an understanding of how the Holocaust affected this particular community and visit the oldest pawn shop in Venice to see why it's so special. End your journey at Fondamenta dei Ormesini, a lively area, perfect for a break or a meal.

Venice: The Ghost & Legends Walking Tour

10. Venice: The Ghost & Legends Walking Tour

Starting in Campo San Bartolomeo, this 1.5-hour walking tour takes you to the hidden corners of Venice. A qualified guide will lead you through winding streets and eerie squares and tell you tales of mystery, murder and superstition. This tour covers areas of Venice after dark including hidden squares and darkened alleys, that otherwise you might not have the courage to visit. Walk through the Castello district as you learn about Venetian doges and noblemen. Hear about unrequited love, the ghostly sounds outside the Malibran Theater and tales of tragic deaths. Head to Campo San Giovanni and Paolo, and then walk along the foreboding Fondamenta Nuova, across from a cemetery. Hear the story of the unburied child, said to be seen in the murky lagoon. The tour ends in the Cannaregio district.

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based on 1,547 reviews

This tour was very informative, and we covered a decent amount of ground as well. When you know the history and circumstances that surround these special sites it just makes them more interesting than just seeing a location.

We had the pleasure to have Denisse as our tour guide. She did an amazing job at being interactive with the crowd and taught us lots of things that I did not know about Venice. 5 out of 5 stars for sure!

Carolina was a perfect guide through the streets of Venice: friendly, enthusiastic and informative. The tour was a great blend of less popular, hidden places and the most famous tourist attractions.

This tour was fantastic. Denise was amazing. She is so passionate about Venice, very knowledgeable, and funny! I really enjoyed the tour and I highly recommend booking it.

Very good Well worth taking the time and learning the history of Venice