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Venezia, Italy
Private Tour: Venice Half-Day Walking Tour

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Discover Venice exactly the way you want to with this completely customized private tour. Your friendly local guide will create a 3-hour itinerary based on preferences you provide at booking. Whether you’re interested in architecture, local legends or Renaissance art, this tour is for you! Along the way, pop in at a local bar for a glass of regional wine and appetizers, and feel free to ask all the questions you like.
  • 3-hour private walking tour of Venice
  • Create a customized sightseeing trip and enjoy a flexible itinerary
  • See notable Venice attractions like the Rialto Fish Market and the Cannaregio Quarter, as well as lesser-known sights
  • Sip on a glass of wine and eat an appetizer at a traditional Venetian bar
  • Choose from five departure times
  • Receive undivided attention from an expert Venetian guide
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Private Walking Tour (3 hours)
Professional guide
Private tour and commentary
Appetizer and one glass of wine at a Venetian bacaro
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Bucintoro Viaggi , Calle Minelli, 4267/A, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

Meeting Point: in front of Bucintoro Viaggi travel agency, in Campo San Luca, 4267/C

This activity will end right where it started.
An expert guide will create a customized itinerary just for you with this private 3-hour tour. Choose from five different departure times to suit your schedule, and provide information about your interests and ideas at the time of booking.

Meet your guide at the prearranged time in central Venice. Depending on your preferences, your itinerary may include a walking tour of historic churches, markets, hidden squares and opulent palaces. Whether you’re interested in architecture, Renaissance art or food and wine, your guide will design a tour that’s just for you and share fascinating information about the history and culture of Venice along the way. 

For example, some popular spots to tour around St Mark’s Square include the Santa Maria Formossa Church and the Rialto Fish Market, where Venetians head to purchase the freshest catch of the day. With all tours, stop in at a traditional wine bar for a drink and cicchetti — the Venetian version of bar snacks.

Please note: Your tour will include visits to the exterior of buildings only. St Mark’s Square, St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace cannot be visited on this tour. Churches may also be inaccessible on Sunday mornings when religious ceremonies are taking place.
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Ponte di Rialto
Rialto was the commercial heart of the ancient Republic of Venice. Discover the history of one of the most iconic symbols of Venice.
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Mercati di Rialto
Rialto market is one of the most authentic parts of the city: it sells fresh fish, vegetables and fruit that Venetians buy everyday for their homes.
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Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
Frari's gothic Church is one of the most majestic buildings in the city. Inside you'll see exquisite artworks by Titian and Bellini, as well as an imposing funeral monument by Canova.
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Campo San Polo
San polo is a quiet Square where you can have a taste of the authentic side of Venice.
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Chiesa della Madonna dell'Orto
The church was erected by the now-defunct religious order the "Humiliati" in the mid-14th century and is located in the beautiful district of Cannaregio.
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Discover the most authentic district of Venice: Cannaregio.
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Teatro La Fenice
La Fenice thatre is one of the most important theatres of Italy, staging more than one hundred opera performances per year, a major symphonic season conducted by prominent conductors from across the globe, the full cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Mahler, a contemporary repertoire focused especially on Venetian artists such as Nono and Maderna, ballets, and chamber music concerts.
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Scala Contarini del Bovolo
Hidden in a maze of streets and canals, very close to Campo Manin, appears an architectural gem characterized by a style that is among Renaissance, Gothic and Byzantine: the Scala Contarini del Bovolo.
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Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
In the 17th century Venice experienced an unusually devastating outbreak of the plague. As a votive offering for the city's deliverance from the pestilence, the Republic of Venice vowed to build and dedicate a church to Our Lady of Health (or of Deliverance, Italian: Salute).
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Ponte dell'Accademia
The Accademia Bridge is the only wooden bridge in Venice. From the top you can enjoy a great view of the Grand Canal and of the Salute Church.
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Chiesa di San Zaccaria
The Church of San Zaccaria is a 15th-century former monastic church dedicated to St. Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist. Inside, one of the oldest crypts of the city.
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Campo del Ghetto
The Venetian Ghetto was the area of Venice in which Jews were compelled to live by the government of the Venetian Republic. The English word ghetto is derived from the Jewish ghetto in Venice.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • This tour is accompanied by a tour hostess and can cover any kind of city sightseeing. Hostesses are not allowed to give precise historical and artistic explanation inside palaces and churches and give short information only
  • Usually the hostess accompanies tourists along unknown parts of the city sharing stories
  • San Marco square, Ducal Palace and the Basilica can not be visited on this tour
  • Your tour guide cannot accompany you into any church or historical buildings
  • On Sunday mornings it is not possible to enter any of the visited churches due to religious functions taking place. Rialto Market is closed every Sunday and Monday. These closures are beyond our control so no refunds or discounts will be issued
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Bucintoro Viaggi
You can cancel up to 3 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 3 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Venice Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Venice Half-Day Walking Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Venice Half-Day Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Tour: Venice Half-Day Walking Tour.

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Great Tour with a Fabulous Guide!
, May 2022
This was such a wonderful experience. This was our fourth trip to Venice and also the best tour we have taken. It was our sister-in-laws first time and the tour guide managed to make it fascinating for all of us. Luda is a local guide, born and raised here. She took us to some back ways gems that I have never seen before. Her knowledge of history and her pride at being a Venetian is evident. She was very kind to share her experiences of growing up in Venice. I definitely recommend this tour and if all possible ask for Luda. She is so charming
Overview of Venice
, Mar 2022
If you are looking for a nice walk around Venice, this is a good tour. We found it helpful to get our bearings.
See Venice with a Venetian
, Oct 2021
Our tour guide was Ketty Z. She is a local Venetian who knows the turf, customs, businesses and other tour professionals. We covered a lot of ground and learned a ton. All 4 of our group rated Ketty a “10+”
Our guide couldn't have...
, Oct 2021
Our guide couldn't have been nicer! We really enjoyed walking around Venice with her. A perfect day.
Awesome private tour!
, Oct 2018
We loved our guide, Francesca. She was knowledgeable, very animated/passionate about her city of Venice. We learned a lot about the city. Enjoyed the stop at a local bar for appetizers (do not remember the Italian word for small plates). The only negative and this had nothing to do with our guide. A headset and earphones would be helpful even though there were only 4 of us. There were so many people and some of her words got lost in the noises around us.
Great experience
Flore K
, Sep 2018
Ask for Giulia, a great Venetian Women really passionate about her city and the history. We really enjoy this 3 hours tour.
Venice was a fun city, glad we did...
, Jul 2018
Venice was a fun city, glad we did the tour. However, there are a few things I would change. We had to meet to start the tour at the travel agency office, which was VERY difficult to find. We ended up calling them to get a land marker and finally found it. But why not meet at a common central landmark. Our tour guide was very old we're in our late 40's, opinionated and didn't really try to connect with us. She was very knowledgable about Venice and the history of Venice, but wasn't interested in us or sharing anything other than historical facts. The tour included 1 glass of wine and one small local snack. We understood this to be a 3 hour tour but she ended at about 2.5 hours, maybe due to the fact that it was so HOT.
What a great way to see and...
Stephen C
, Mar 2018
What a great way to see and understand Venice. Barbara was very knowledgeable, is a local and spoke perfect English. She is very passionate about Venice and job. Thanks Barbara!
We really liked this tour, our tour...
, Feb 2018
We really liked this tour, our tour guide was informative and it was a perfect introduction to the for a first day tour in Venice.
Was great on our first day to walk...
William H
, Jan 2018
Was great on our first day to walk around some of the areas of Venice that we would not normally have seen and learn a lot about the history of the place. ur guide was excellent and it was no trouble answering any questions we had
Asked our guide, Barbara, to show us...
Malcolm I
, Nov 2017
Asked our guide, Barbara, to show us hidden Venice and had a fascinating walk around the back streets learning about the city and the people. We went at our own pace stopping off for coffee when tired rather than being rushed from place to place. Highly informative and amusing. We all agreed that on future city visits we would book a guided tour to help acquaint ourselves with our surroundings.
Grace is from Venice. She is knows...
, Oct 2017
Grace is from Venice. She is knows a tremendous amount of history and stories about the region and its relationship to other countries and cultures throughout time. She is also a very helpful and kind person. Grace's tour provided my wife and me with the perfect start and an excellent overview of Venice ranging from history and locations and the development of this beautiful city. While expensive, a tour with Grace was well, well worth it -- especially at the start of our visit -- so we could better understand the significance of what we saw and experienced for the rest of our stay in this spectacular and wondrous place. Thank you Grace! -Cliff and Sue Woods
Excellent overview with a lot a...
Terry S
, Oct 2017
Excellent overview with a lot a local insights from our guide. She really knew Venice and made the tour really interesting.
The guide was lovely but the tour...
John H
, Oct 2017
The guide was lovely but the tour itself wasn't especially interesting-something you could easily do yourself. The tour did not really add much to your inside knowledge of Venice which is why you go on these sort of tours. It felt there was so much of Venice that we didn't discover, especially the historic sites.
We enjoyed the tour of some of the...
Charles S
, Oct 2017
We enjoyed the tour of some of the less touristy areas of Venice and the guide herself, Claudia, was interesting and fun.
Very informative, full of details...
Ash A
, Oct 2017
Very informative, full of details, full of history, and i absolutely loved how much information she gave on economic and political history of venice, the important families that shaped her. Really helps one understsand humanity. Loved.
Francesca was great! Tour was...
, Oct 2017
Francesca was great! Tour was exactly what we were looking for --- nice walk about in the neighborhoods with excellent background info.
we toured Venice with Giuliana...
, Oct 2017
we toured Venice with Giuliana. Giuliana was great. We didn't want to see the normal tourist sights and she understood exactly what we wanted to see and took us in places where the locals go. She gave us a good insight on the history of the city which helped us immensely on our sightseeing the following days
This was a fabulous tour that...
, Sep 2017
This was a fabulous tour that exceeded all of our expectations. Barbara, our guide, spent half a day with us and our daughter walking through different parts of Venice that tourists normally never get to see. Barbara was amazing - a true Venitian, who put the entire city structure into its historical context. Keeping a 16 year-old engaged and interested during a 3 hour walking tour is a challenged, but there wasn't a moment that any one of us would have wanted to miss. We made a few stops along the way to get some amazing food, some prosecco, looked at genuine Venitian masks not made in China, and found hidden courtyards in parts of Venice that were completely empty - undiscovered by tourists who roam from site to site. The tour was the highlight of our stay in Venice and we stayed at a Suite in the Danieli, so the bar was set high!
A useful way to get some orientation...
Don A
, Sep 2017
A useful way to get some orientation and insight into this fascinating city.

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