Unusual Venice: Guided visit of the Rialto Bridge, San Polo district and the Frari Church

Duration: Approx. 2 hours 

Location: Venice


Why choose this experience?

1 Enjoy an unusual walk in Venice thanks to a captivating visit escorted by a local tourist guide
2 Crossing the Rialto Bridge and wandering through alluring alleys, you will visit San Polo in Venice and take a tour of Frari Church to admire its art masterpieces
3 Take a journey between the present and past of a city that has been able to keep up with the times while retaining, at least in the less tourist areas, its own identity and a unique atmosphere

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Important information


from 1 April to 31 October.

Departure point:

San Bortolomeo Square (near the statue of Carlo Goldoni).

Departure time

From Monday to Saturday
3.45 pm

Languages available



Full: € 40.00

children up to 5 years: free

Approx. 2 hours
  • Guided visit
  • Entrance ticket to the Frari Church
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
Additional information:

There will be no refund in case of NO-SHOW (non-attendance at the start of the tour at the allocated time and at the meeting point indicated on the voucher) and/or rejection of the service on the day; if customers wander off during the tour; or if they decide to leave the tour before the end of the service. 

To join the tour, you must show up at the meeting point at least 15 minutes before the departure time specified, and submit a copy of the voucher (electronic or paper format).

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure (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 service you booked might be cancelled. If this should happen, you will be informed as soon as possible and, according to the type of service you booked, you will have the possibility to choose between postponing the service on the first date available or receiving a total refund of the price paid, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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Experience some of the most fascinating areas of Venice... From the Rialto area, the trading and commercial nerve centre of the Serenissima Repubblica, to quaint narrow alleys leading to squares stretching far and wide, you will experience one of the most picturesque districts of Venice and take a guided tour of the Frari Venice Church, where you will admire awe-inspiring masterpieces such as the Madonna with Child by Giovanni Bellini and Titian’s Assunta, as part of an exciting guided tour of the San Polo district in Venice

Our tour of Rialto, San Polo and Frari Church is aimed at those wishing to discover the less touristic and more authentic side of Venice to be found in the everyday life of some of the residential areas that are still rarely approached by tourists! A visit that combines past and present to get to know Venice away from the usual tourist routes

Our visit to San Polo, Venice, Italy, begins a few steps from the famous Rialto Bridge ... The guide will lead you through areas of the city centre – some famous others instead less known – and entertain you with historical explanations and amusing anecdotes linked to the places you will see during the walk. 

You will cross the Rialto Bridge to reach the San Polo district ... Step after step, the bridge will reveal all of its magic to you, up to its top from where sweeping views of the Grand Canal will award you with glimpses of unmatched beauty. 

The area around the famous bridge is the oldest part of the city. It has always had a strictly commercial purpose and, even if the leading role it played as the trading nerve centre of the Serenissima has gradually been lost over the centuries, fish and fruit and vegetable markets are still held every day at the foot of the bridge. 

Before or after the tour, take the opportunity to have a wander around the market stalls. In addition to enjoying an impressive view of the Grand Canal, you will see for yourself how the thousand-year long history of this trading area continues to the present day. 

Moving away from the hustle and bustle near Venice’s Grand Canal, there will be many unusual Venice places to see in the labyrinth-like narrow streets and small squares in the heart of San Polo ... Strolling around you will come across coffee bars and room-size shops, many of which are handed down from generation to generation. 

San Polo is the smallest district in Venice, as well as one of the oldest. It is a lively area, which has managed to maintain its own identity and atmosphere thanks to the fact that it is not included in the routes chosen by tourists to reach the St Mark’s area. 

A guided tour of San Polo district, Venice, cannot exclude a visit to the Frari Basilica of Venice, one of the district’s most noteworthy monuments for the splendour of the works of art housed inside it.

Located in the square of the same name, it is Venice’s largest church, erected by the Franciscan Monastic Convent Friars between the 12th and 14th century, and then rebuilt in the 14th century in Gothic-Franciscan style.

Inside it, there are three naves and seven apsidal chapels on a cross floor plan. In addition to the tombs of various figures linked to Venice such as Claudio Monteverdi and Titian, who died in Venice during the 16th century plague, it houses numerous works of art of great value. 

After a quick view from the outside, the guided tour of Frari Venice Church will continue inside - Frari Church Venice admission is included in the cost of the tour - to admire its masterpieces, among which it is worth mentioning Ca' Pesaro’s Madonna and Titian’s Assunta, Madonna with Child and Saints by Giovanni Bellini, St Mark and Saints by Bartolomeo Vivarini and the Martyrdom of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria by Palma il Giovane. 

The guided tour of Frari Venice Church will wrap up the tour. 

Hurry and book this tour! The Frari Church, the authenticity of Venice’s San Polo district and the bustling life of the Rialto area will make you filled with excitement.

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