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Avventure Bellissime's Original Venice Walk

Venice walking tour lasting 2 hrs and featuring St Mark's Square, St Mark's Basilica, Doge's palace (exterior), and areas of the so called Secret Venice

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Highlights and what's included

  • Licensed expert English speaking Venice's tour guides
  • Visit St. Mark's Basilica with skip the line tickets, Doge's Palace tour (exterior), Bridge of Sighs, Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Hidden Venice and the Rialto Bridge
  • Complimentary head-sets (from 8 people) to follow every word of your expert guides commentary


Our Original Venice Walk has been providing the perfect introduction to Venice since the last century. Tracing the history of Venice from its origins to modern times, the most popular of all Venice Tours features the famous landmarks of St. Mark's Square combined with skip the line tickets for St. Mark's Basilica and a delightful stroll through the enchanting Hidden Venice.

The first part of this Venice walking tours itinerary focuses on St. Mark's Square, including a visit to St. Mark's Basilica with skip the line tickets included in the price of the tour. You'll learn about the Doge's Palace (exterior only), Bell Tower, Clock Tower and the famous Bridge of sighs, as well as the other monuments of this beautiful square while enjoying an introduction to the history of Venice.

Then, escape the crowds, as the second part of our Original Venice Walk explores the Hidden Venice. Enjoy a delightful stroll along narrow passageways, over delicate bridges and meandering canals following an itinerary littered with important monuments that illustrate that Venice is one giant open-air museum waiting to be discovered by the intrepid traveller.

As your eyes feast on the postcard images that abound in every direction, your guide will continue to narrate the story of the most unique city in the world. In the lively Campo Santa Maria Formosa, we'll discuss Venetian Architecture, Venetian Mercantile Empire.

Then, our tour continues through the back-streets of Venice to visit the Cannaregio district, where we'll admire the most beautiful well-head in Venice and the Pantheon of Venice (only exterior) where many important Venetians were laid to rest.

And, through the many important sights and in-depth historical narrations, you'll learn about illustrious Venetian characters like Marco Polo as well as more common citizens, that made this city of stone such a vibrant and magical place.

And, of course, we'll discuss modern day Venice, and what it's like to live in the most unique city in the world, though not always the most practical. Avventure Belllissime's Original Venice walking tours itinerary ends near the Rialto Bridge.

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Meeting Point

Entrance to the Royal Gardens on the water front of St. Marks Square. From St. Marks facing the Basilica turn right and walk towards the open water. At the two giant columns facing the water turn right, and following the line of trees after a 100 metres you will come to the entrance of the Royal Gardens where we will be waiting holding a sign with Original Venice Walk written on it

Other Information

  • At times St Mark’s Basilica is closed due to high water or religious ceremonies. During high water the tour will take place, but it might happen we have to partly adapt the tour to the weather conditions. On those occasions when St Mark’s Basilica is open with high water, skip the line tickets will not be accepted as all visitors have only 1 door open to get in the church. In case the church is unexpectedly closed without any prior notice the tour will operate with the guide providing the explanation from outside the Basilica
  • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance to St Mark's Basilica is compulsory from April to October due to high number of visitors. (St Mark’s Basilica does not require a fast entry service to anyone in other periods considered off peak season)
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter St Mark's Basilica. Large bags are not allowed inside the basilica.
  • This tour is of a historical area and is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for you.
  • Please wear comfortable footwear as this tour involves a lot of walking.
  • The cost of the tour does not include gratuities or hotel pick up and drop off.
  • Tour operates with min 4 participants
  • Max 22/25 people per guide

Key Information

  • Prices from: 25.00
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Availability: View Calendar
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98 % of reviewers liked this tour.
May 23 2019
Engaging guide with comprehensive knowledge and wonderful manner.
Apr 21 2019
Would have given 5 stars if the meeting point was described as an entrance gate that is not currently in use. The tour guide Sabrina did a very good job. The price was reasonable.
Oct 31 2018
Good guide but lots of rain
Oct 30 2018
I thought, "What a great place, Venice. "
Oct 20 2018
Our female guide was fabulous. Very knowledgeable and very friendly. We would definitely recommend you to our friends! Thank you for a wonderful experience.
Oct 17 2018
The original venice walk is a great way to get in the main sites, and top-line history to this amazing city. See above review!
Sep 30 2018
This tour was perfect for what we were looking for! 2 hour walking tour and our guide was amazing! Showed us all the perfect spots and gave great recommendations.
Aug 11 2018
Our walking tour group was easy to find and our guide was a native Venitian who's English was excellent. We enjoyed the tour and learned a great deal, touring St. Mark's Church and the local neighborhoods nearby. I would highly recommend booking with this group.
Aug 06 2018
Moved to head of the lines; saw amazing places; learned a lot!
Jul 02 2018
The guide, Andre was awesome and knowledgeable on the history of Venice.
Jun 27 2018
Our guide was organized, knowledgeable, and a delight to be with. Family of six- kids ages 12-18. We were so pleased!
Jun 11 2018
Excellent tour. We weee able to skip the line at St. Mark’s.
Jun 06 2018
Same as before. Tour group size too large. Very crowded area. Hear to hear guide with static on microphone/ear buds.
May 22 2018
Great guide with deep knowledge of the area!!
May 22 2018
Historical , very thorough tour guide.
May 18 2018
I wasn't expecting too much out of an introductory group walking tour in a busy part of Venice. The experience exceeded my expectations. We had an excellent guide who is a local and she was easy to understand and shared lots of interesting information. So happy we booked this walk. It was an organized process for us to get expedited entry into St Marks Basilica and I was pleased with itinerary of the tour (we kept moving along) which also took us to the Rialto Bridge.
May 08 2018
Very interesting and detailed.
Apr 28 2018
Great guide in Frederica.Well organised meeting point.
Oct 27 2017
Andrew was a great guide. He clearly takes pride in Venice and Venetians. He told us great details about St. Marks Church and gave us a history of Venice from everything from the Campo to the water ways to the naming convention of the area. Andrew was very thorough and detailed and also brought humor to the tour. We appreciated his knowledge and his love for Venice. My family and I learned alot from him and we appreciated his knowledge. The tour was just the right amount of time, 2 hours.
Oct 18 2017
Well worth the money and time!

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Avventure Bellissime's Original Venice Walk


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