Venice in a Day: City Sightseeing Tour by Land & Water

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PreviousOctober 2023

Why this tour?

The tour starts with a historical introduction in St. Marks’s Square, and its architectural delights.
Leaving the square, you will be guided into the residential Castello area, allowing you to discover this part of Venice in all of its elegance, through its labyrinth of narrow alleys - “calli”, many bridges, winding canals and wide picturesque squares - “campi”.

You can expect to discover campo Santa Maria Formosa, one of the largest squares in Venice with its church, named after its visitation of the Holy Virgin; campo Santi Giovanni and Paolo where you will be able to admire the famous church, the resting place of several Doges, and the equestrian monument of Bartolomeo Colleoni, an Italian mercenary Captain.
The former residence of Marco Polo, probably the most famous Venetian merchant and the Malibran theatre are also part of the itinerary.

After the walking tour, you will be accompanied to campo San Moisè, the landing stage of the famous venetian transportation, the Gondola.
Relax aboard this historic vessel, enjoying the thrills of both the Grand Canal and minor canals.
Admire Venice from this amazing point of view, witness its magnificent architecture, and whilst gliding under its bridges, discover secret entrances to the elegant palaces and hidden corners. The gondola ride is not a guided tour.
This 2 hour combined tour concludes in Campo San Moisè, a short walk from Saint Mark’s Square.

You will have free time from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm to have lunch (not included) or to stroll around the area.

The second appointment for 3 islands tour in the afternoon is at Riva degli Schiavoni between Ponte della Paglia and Hotel Danieli.

The first stop is at the well known Island of Murano, famous for its glass making since the 10th century.
Here you will visit a glass factory and furnace to see the making of venetian glass.
Your local guide will explain to you the history and the process of the glass making throughout the years.

Then, crossing the northern part of the Lagoon, we arrive at the colourful Island of Burano, famous for its brightly coloured houses, fishing industry and also its lace making, you will have time to walk around this elegant little island and also visiting its shops, your guide will point out to you one of the specialized shops where it is possible to see one of the Local ladies working on the Burano Lace, she will show you the different stitches involved in making these wonderful works of art.

We then leave the Island of Burano and take a short boat ride to the Island of Torcello, known as the “Mother of Venice”.
You have chance to Visit the Basilica, which is one of the oldest in the Lagoon and holds some beautiful mosaics, or maybe visit the museum.
If not you can just spend your time walking around this enchanting and very historical island.

9.00 am walking tour (1 h 30 min)
11.00 am gondola ride (30 min)
2.00 pm islands tour (4 h 30 min)
• Escape the crowds by visiting an atmospheric, residential part of the city
• Gondola Ride along the Grand Canal and the minor canals
• See Murano Island famous for its glass making since the 10th century
• Visit Burano the island of colorful houses and the traditional Burano lace
• Get by boat to the historical Torcello island, the "mother of Venice"


1 hour 30 min walking tour in St Marks & Castello area
30 min shared gondola ride
4 hours 30 min three islands tour: Murano, Burano, Torcello
Live tour commentary in english, italian, german, french and spanish


Optional gratuities
Hotel pick up and drop off
Food and drink

Essential Information

• Print or show your voucher twice, once for the walking tour in the morning and once for 3 islands in the afternoon
• Check-in is at least 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time
• This activity is not wheelchair accessible

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