Secret Venice Walking Tour

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes 

Location: Venice

Per person

Why choose this experience?

1 To savour a more authentic and genuine side to Venice, through new areas outside of the normal tourist routes
2 Because it combines great classics, including the Rialto Bridge, and unique structures that are not very well known, such as the Scala del Bovolo
3 To walk and enjoy, in the best possible way, the surreal atmosphere of the past which enshrines Venice

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Important info


all year, except for 25 December and 1 January.

Departure point:

Calle Larga Ascensione, in front of St. Mark's Post Office located behind Correr Museum.

Departure time

3.45 pm

Languages available

From 1 April to 31 October

English/Spanish: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
English/French: daily
English/German: Monday, Friday

From 1 November to 31 March
English/Spanish: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday
English/French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
English/German: Monday, Friday


Full: €23.00
Children up to 5 years: free

approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Guided tour
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
  • Entry tickets
Additional information:

Before booking, please be advised that it is compulsory to print a paper copy of the voucher issued at the end of the online reservation and bring it with you the day of the tour.

No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a NO SHOW (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher).

Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the tour departure time. At the tour departure point you will meet a representative who will check your vouchers and give you information to do the tour.

During the winter period (from November 1st to March 31st) the tour is BILINGUAL, because explanations will be provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed.

During the summer period (from April 1st to October 31st) in English the tour is always monolingual. In Spanish, French and German the tour could be BILINGUAL, because explanations will be provided in two languages if the audience provenience is mixed.

This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you.

Please note that, due to the particular morphological structure of Venice and the logistic problems resulting from it, we cannot guarantee that the whole tour is accessible to people with limited mobility. This means that people with walking difficulties and wheelchair users could not be able to access some parts of the itinerary.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure that may prevent the tour already purchased to run regularly (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures, serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute), the tour might be cancelled. The customer will be notified of this as soon as possible and will be asked to choose between postponing the tour on the first date available or receiving a prompt refund of the price paid for the tour, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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Full description

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.

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October 2017

Mature couple


Reviewed on 18 Oct `17 - Booking No. 17184956 - Service sold by a Distribution Partner of Insidecom srl

'Fun walking tour'

Secret Venice Walking Tour

This was a very informative and fun walking tour. We covered a lot of ground in 1.5 hrs. There is a ton of history and beautiful buildings to see. I cannot wait to go back and try another one.


Guide is very well informed


Headset cut out if we were too far away, but I like to stop and gander a bit longer than most.

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May 2016

Young couple


Reviewed on 12 Jun `16 - Booking No. 1646157

'Walking tour'

Secret Venice Walking Tour

Enjoyable and informative walking tour


The tour took us to the undiscovered parts of Venice where there were less tourists - interesting history.


Sometimes it was hard to hear the guide due to background noise.

Reply by Staff

Dear Peter,

thank you for your review! We are pleased you enjoyed the tour despite you had some difficulties in understanding the guide! Unfortunately some areas of Venice can be very crowded and therefore it may be difficult to hear the explanations properly for the entire tour … Of course our guides always try to do their best to prevent that the confusion may affect the experience of the participants in the tour!

Best regards,
The staff
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