Original Venice Walking Tour

Original Venice Walking Tour (St. Mark's Square, Santa Maria Formosa)
Price: $42.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural
Shore Excursion Duration 2 Hours
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? St. Mark's Square.
Food/Beverage Provided Not Included
Recommended Dress Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter St. Mark's Basilica. Sensible, rubber-soled walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen are recommended. Large bags are not allowed inside the Basilica.
Restrictions Bags and backpacks are NOT allowed inside St. Mark's Basilica. Please do not bring any bags with you, as you will not be allowed to enter the Basilica with them. This tour takes place in historical areas and, therefore, is not fully wheelchair accessible. Most bridges have steps leading up to them and are not wheelchair accessible. There are steps and steep curbs in some areas. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or those who use partly-motorized vehicles or walkers. Children ages 5 and under may attend the tour free of charge with advanced notice at the time of booking.

Original Venice Walking Tour

For the perfect introduction to Venice, spend a couple of hours walking with an experienced guide through the city's most important sites. You'll see St. Mark's Square, the Doge's Palace, the "Bridge of Sighs," Campo Santa Maria Formosa, and much more for a truly Venetian experience you will not forget.

Your Venice walking tour begins with a visit to St. Mark's Square, known as the heart of Venice. As you explore the area, visit St. Mark's Basilica with your skip-the-line tickets. After your St. Mark's tour, walk a short distance to the Doge's Palace, and admire the exterior which was built in Venetian Gothic style. This is one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice, and it is connected to the New Prison by the infamous Bridge of Sighs, which was constructed in 1602. Prisoners who were interrogated in the Doge's Palace found themselves sighing and walking across the bridge before entering the prison, where they'd likely spend the rest of their days.

After your Saint Mark's Square tour, discover a hidden part of Venice. With your knowledgeable English-speaking guide, stroll along the city's small passageways, over ancient bridges, and above narrow canals. As you venture to all of these sites, you'll learn about the city's epic history. Your expert guide will share interesting facts about what you're seeing, giving you details that will allow you to form a deeper connection with the city.

Your next stop is Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where you will discuss Venetian architecture with your guide as you admire the church's Baroque and Renaissance facades. This Venice walking tour continues through the back streets of Venice into the Cannaregio district. There you can admire the Pantheon of Venice, where many famous Venetians are buried. In addition to your visits to these famous monuments, hear stories about Venetian characters like Marco Polo and common citizens that, together, made this city of stone and water the place that it is today.

Please Note: Bags and backpacks are NOT allowed inside St. Mark's Basilica. Please do not bring any bags with you, as you will not be allowed to enter the Basilica with them. The Basilica is sometimes closed unexpectedly due to high water or religious ceremonies. 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 access to the church through only one door.

This tour departs from the St. Mark's Square area ends in central Venice, near the Rialto Bridge. Depending on your ship's docking location, a vaporetto, water shuttle, or walk may be required. Transportation from your ship to St. Mark's Square and from the Rialto Bridge back to your ship is not included in the tour price.

4.5 Stars4.4 / 5  |  8 ReviewsReview This Tour
Venice walking tour
August 18, 2019
The day we were in Venice it rained, so we were unable to do the gondola portion of the tour. It was also quite the adventure trying to find our way from the luggage depot to San Marco Plaza. We did find it, eventually. Since it was raining, the walking was a bit of a wet slog, since rain water really has nowhere to go in Venice, but our guide was friendly and knowledgeable and we really enjoyed ourselves.
Reviewer: Laura Rogers
4 Stars
Heat wave
August 17, 2019
It was just too hot to enjoy a walking tour of Venice. The guide did nothing wrong, it was just too hot.
Reviewer: Kathryn Hofer
3 Stars
Walking tour
November 09, 2018
Excellent tour of the city
Reviewer: Judy Webb
5 Stars
Venetian Walk
October 09, 2018
Very knowledgable local guide. Lots of historical information!
Reviewer: SG
5 Stars
Stay together
July 30, 2018
Francesca was very knowledgable about Venice and did a great job of imparting that knowledge. I enjoyed her tour of the Basilica immensely. Unfortunately, our group had 25 people and Venice was packed that day. Somehow I got separated from the group and couldn't find it again.
Reviewer: Miriam Allen
4 Stars
very good
July 23, 2018
it was so good
Reviewer: Juan Santiago Scarsi Guzman
4 Stars