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Travel back in time and learn how this island city became a crossroads of civilizations and Queen of the Seas.

This exclusive 3-hour walking tour will take you through a maze of narrow streets and gently flowing canals from Riva degli Schiavoni in Venice to the Renaissance Church of Santa Maria Formosa, built on the site where the Holy Virgin allegedly appeared to St. Magnus, the church’s founder, as a magnificent matron. Just across the square from the church, you will also get a glimpse of the majestic foyer of an 18th century palace, resplendent with magnificent Murano glass chandeliers. Just a few steps from this lively Campo will take you to the medieval buildings of Marco Polo’s House,  one of the city’s most famous sons.

The next stop will be at the T Fondaco dei Tedeschi, the newest architectural renovation in Venice and latest addition to stylish shopping in the city. Once a palace-cum-warehouse that was the headquarters for German merchants starting from the 13th century, it has been metamorphosed into a luxury lifestyle department store and center of culture overlooking the Grand Canal.

The hustle and bustle of the commercial district is epitomised  by the Rialto Bridge, the oldest  bridge over the Grand Canal, still lined with shops  as it was in the Middle Ages and affording a breathtaking view of the magnificent palaces lining the canal banks.


On the way back to St. Mark’s Square, pause for a minute to admire the spiral staircase of Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo and then reach the pulsating heart of the city – Piazza San Marco.


The only square in Venice called piazza and the hub of political power for centuries, it showcases the most iconic Venetian buildings – St. Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace.

With this skip-the-line tour, walk through the spectacular rooms of the Doge’s Palace literally lined with priceless masterpieces, and see the halls of power in which the government of the Most Serene Republic convened.

After your guided exploration of the Doge’s Palace, your guide will walk you through St. Mark’s Basilica, one of the most majestic cathedrals in the world. The glittering mosaics of the interior tell the story of St. Mark and episodes from the Bible. Its most famous treasure stands in the sanctuary -- the Pala d'Oro, a golden altar screen encrusted with pearls and jewels (admittance ticket not included).  


End your visit at an artistic glass furnace just off St. Mark’s Square where you will enjoy a spectacular glass blowing demonstration with a detailed explanation of this ancient handicraft. Stunning examples of blown glass pieces are on display in the adjoining showrooms.

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Venice Deluxe Tour

Semi-private walking tour of the main attractions in the St. Mark’s area, including skip-the-line entrance to the Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. Other highlights of this informative and entertaining 3-hour tour comprises hidden gems of Venetian architecture as well as insights into the history of Venice, its palaces and churches, and traditional crafts. The itinerary is designed to appeal to visitors looking for an authentic Venetian experience and the undivided attention of the passionate professional guide who is the heart and soul of this tour.

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Must do tour

So much fun! Antonio is a blast to tour Venice. He is a true Venetian and seems to know all the locals and fun places to go. Walking around Saint Mark's was amazing. He takes you in places others do not have access. Magical!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Walking and talking in Venice!

Antonio lead us on a wonderful, insightful tour of Venice today. It was well paced with many highlights of this beautiful city. Antonio was very knowledgeable on all history and related many humorous and fun stories. We enjoyed several treats along the way! A great...More

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Antonio B, Owner at Venice Deluxe Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your valuable feedback. It was an absolute pleasure to have had you on the tour and I sincerely hope to see you again in the future.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Multigenerational Venetian-led Tour

Antonio is a charming, intelligent, and knowledgeable guide for the city of Venezia, personalizing the tour, and providing unique insight into the lovely canals, palaces, and important sites in this incredible city. Antonio is known by all, and we sailed through all entry points, never...More

3  Thank Fiorile C
Antonio B, Owner at Venice Deluxe Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear friends, because that's how I like to think of you, you are just too kind. I love this city, I love what I do, and I love doing it with appreciative, interested people like you. It was an absolute pleasure to have had you...More

Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile
Amazing toir

Antonio’s tour was excellent! A very small group and for this reason the tour was personalized. He has a passion for Venice (as a true Venetian does)! We made a few surprise stops along the way that supplied refreshing cocktails. I would recommend this tour...More

3  Thank olivia h
Antonio B, Owner at Venice Deluxe Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you ever so much for your kind words. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed not only the sights but also our “pit stops” – no visit to Venice would be complete without the chance to try that part of the local way of...More

Reviewed 19 July 2018
Quality Time

We spent 3 hours in Antonio's knowledgeable and enthusiastic company taking in both the main attractions (with no queue) but just as interesting, if not more so, walking through the backstreets and learning of the leading Venetians from the past. A few rest stops with...More

3  Thank Richard B
Antonio B, Owner at Venice Deluxe Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2018

Thank you so much for a lovely review. I really enjoyed exploring Venice with you and engaging in interesting conversation on a large variety of topics. I do hope to see you again in Venice soon!

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