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Venice for Beginners
A Perfect Introduction to "The Floating City"



If you’re a first-time visitor to Venice, the best way to get acquainted with the city is through an introductory tour with one of our expert local English-speaking guides. Your excursion begins with a selection of the “must-sees,” including Saint Mark's Square, the former political centre of the Venetian Republic. The square contains many famous buildings: the Doges’ Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, the Marciana Library, the Bell Tower, the Clock Tower, and more. 


After your visit to St. Mark’s, and staying away from the crowds, you will walk through the backstreets and the squares to explore the city’s layout: you will be cocooned by the silence and intimacy that only a car-free city built to human scale can provide. You will learn to navigate this maze-like city, learn how it feels to live in a place like this, and how today's administrators deal with the maintenance of their huge and fragile heritage.


Your tour will end in the busy neighborhood of Rialto, once the trade centre of Venice. You'll cross the famous Rialto Bridge, the oldest over the Grand Canal, and explore the bustling surroundings of the best fresh produce market in the city.


This 3-hour tour includes:


  • St. Mark’s Square with description of all main sites and historical introduction 
  • Backstreets walk including Santa Maria Formosa – San Giovanni e Paolo areas (in the Castello district) 
  • Rialto Bridge



Pick-up/Drop-off: Our guide will pick you up from your Venice City-Centre Hotel; supplement may apply for pickup from hotels situated near Venice-Santa Lucia Rail Station or other outlying areas. It is also possible to begin the tour from Saint Mark's Square. The tour will generally conclude in the vicinity of the Rialto Bridge; clients can ask the guide for nearby sightseeing or dining suggestions.


Includes: Private expert English-speaking guide for up to 3-hours.


Excludes: Guide Gratuity, Extra Hours, Taxis/Local Transportation (if needed).




  • Modest attire is required – knees and shoulders must be covered.
  • Recommended visiting time is in the morning; however, the Basilica is closed Sunday mornings for services.


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