This tour will take you to the area between St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge with an extraordinary guided-tour of the so-called "Minor Venice". It will offer you the opportunity of walking in Venice during a sunny summer’s day, caressed by a gentle sea breeze.
The famous La Fenice Theatre, the Rialto Venice area and Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo in Venice: new and highly suggestive itineraries in a tour that will give you the unforgettable experience of walking in Venice Italy.
During this fascinating walking in Venice tour an expert tour guide will tell you curious anecdotes and historical facts of its thousand-year long history until the present day. You will admire from the outside some of the most special areas of Venice, such as Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo and enjoy a guided tour of Rialto in Venice immersed in the traditional atmosphere of Venice.
The tour will begin with a visit to the La Fenice Theatre in Venice, which can be viewed from the outside. Opened in 1792 and sadly notorious famous for being destroyed several times by fire, La Fenice in Venice Italy is the main opera house in Venice.
During the nineteenth century, the La Fenice Theatre has hosted numerous first concerts of major Italian authors such as Rossini, Bellini, Verdi and Donizetti.
Our tour will continue with a visit to the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo in Venice to admire its famous external staircase. Formed by a series of superimposed loggias connecting the various levels of the spiral staircase, in Venetian dialect "bovolo", housed inside an arched cylindrical tower, the elegant Scala del Bovolo in Venice Italy is considered one of the most striking examples of the transition from Gothic Art to Renaissance.
The next stage of this extraordinary tour, Rialto Venezia, is considered the oldest part of Venice.
The operational centre of the trade empire of the Venice Republic, Rialto in Venice Italy is today characterized by a dense urban network of monumental buildings, houses, shops and inns that represent the most genuine traditions and customs of the real soul of Venice.
The Rialto area is dominated by the renowned Rialto Bridge, the oldest crossing over the Canal Grande. Around 1250, the former floating bride, dating back to the 12th century, was replaced by a wooden bridge formed by two inclined ramps joined in the middle by a movable section that could be raised to allow for the passage of high boats. Only in 1551 the Venice Republic launched a tender for the construction of a stone bridge. Great architects such as Sansovino, Pallaio and Vignola joined the competition but their plans were not successful. The present Rialto Bridge, designed by Antonio da Ponte and his nephew Antonio Contin, has a structure very similar to the preceding wooden bridge with rows of shops on both sides.
Rialto, Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo and La Fenice guided tours offering new and interesting visits to the exteriors of famous architectural masterpieces! A tour to capture the true soul of Venice, inspired by the stories of our resourceful tourist guide.