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Why Choose It?
- Discover the island's secrets the Venetians keep to themselves.
- Stay off the tourist trail for an authentic feel of real Venice.
- Customize the tour to your liking, seeing exactly what you want to see.
Venice’s enchanting beauty is no secret, meaning its center is always filled with crowds. Our Hidden Venice itinerary takes you off the beaten path, giving you an authentic experience of this incredible city as you discover where the real locals live. Savor a sensory feast wandering Rialto Market next to the bridge that has given it its name. Venture to the seldom visisted districts of San Polo and Santa Croce, wandering its winding streets as you lose yourself in wonder. Visitors to Venice have a wealth of treasures to discover away from the often visited attraction of Saint Mark’s Basilica. And we know where they’re buried.
You can fully customize your Hidden Venice tour or leave it to us to suggest the very best. Our expert local guide knows Venice’s sites, walkways, and waterways like the back of her hand. So whether on dry land or by boat or gondola – or why not both! – you can rest safe in the knowledge you’ll be exploring La Serenissima in expert company and, most importantly, at your leisure.
Discover the real Hidden Venice: where locals live, away from the crowds
Venice’s treasures lie beyond the main tourist attractions. They are instead subsumed beneath slowly sinking churches, dotted across the lagoon’s dozens of islands, and around the twists and turns of Venice’s waterways. Your guide will accompany you through the authentic area of San Polo – a unique Venetian quarter where you can still find locals mulling around its charming piazzas, away from the hustle and bustle of the district to its south.
Santa Croce is another laid-back, slightly off-the-beaten-track area with an authentic local vibe. After school, kids play in Campo San Giacomo dall’Orio, and this square and nearby streets are home to casual eateries serving global cuisine. On the Grand Canal, the imposing Fondaco dei Turchi features exhibits on natural history while the nearby Ca’ Pesaro palace showcases contemporary art and Asian decorative arts.
Optional extra: ride in a gondola through the City of Canals
On this Hidden Venice tour we’ll be avoiding the Grand Canal. Instead, we’ll be exploring some of the center’s more scenic canals, so you get to see Venice the right way: from sea level. Pass under the 17th-century Bridge of Sighs connecting the Doge’s Palace with the Prigioni Nuove (New Prison) along the majestic Rio di Palazzo. Discover the atmospheric Jewish Ghetto as you take a gondola ride around Cannaregio. Even explore the areas around the Grand Canal, such as the famous Rialto Bridge. Tell us where you’d rather go and we’ll do our best to make it happen.
Fully customize your Hidden Venice tour
Your Hidden Venice tour is fully customizable, so you get to see everything you want to during your time in La Serenissima. Contact us today to get started on your own Venetian adventure.
- Itinerary:Hidden VeniceRialto Bridge and MarketSan Polo DistrictSanta Croce DistrictOptional: Boat tour to explore the Venetian Grand CanalOptional: Gondola ride
- Included:Expert tour guide
- Not Included:Boat at dispoal or 30-minute Gondola Ride
- Wheelchair accessible:Yes. (Itinerary may differ).
- Meeting Point:Hotel lobby (if centrally located)
Our guides are fluent in English and have a contagious passion for the inspiring cultural heritage of our Italian cities. Experts in their fields, they will immerse you in the hidden histories and intriguing lives of history's great protagonists. So much to see, so easy to miss out: with the help of our guides, visit the most absorbing sites and uncover the stories that have changed the world. Don't miss this fascinating journey!
Best tour ever. Martha was our guide. She is the best. They way she explained all , answered our questions give us all the information in every place all was wonderful. It was... read moreMartha was our guide. She is the best. They way she explained all , answered our questions give us all the information in every place all was wonderful. It was a very hot summer day and she always looks for ways to give us the information under the shade before we went into the sun. I highly recommend this company and Martha as well. It was very easy to make the reservation and pay. We took the private tour and was perfect. 3 hours that feel like Half hour . We didn’t do any limes to get into the places. Know that if you go by yourself or in other yours you could be up to 2 hours under the sun to get into the coliseum or forum. I highly recommend the private tour. read less - 8/05/2022
Great Food Stroll with Luca We did the Trastevere Food Stroll with Luca B and he was great! Brought us to great authentic locations and provided his expert advice! We would highly recommend this tour... read moreWe did the Trastevere Food Stroll with Luca B and he was great! Brought us to great authentic locations and provided his expert advice! We would highly recommend this tour and Luca!! read less - 7/30/2022
Amazon tour and guide! We toured the colosseum and underground with Gigi on Wednesday and had a great time. He was so knowledgeable and fun, he really made the tour a highlight for us.... read moreWe toured the colosseum and underground with Gigi on Wednesday and had a great time. He was so knowledgeable and fun, he really made the tour a highlight for us. I would recommend him to anyone wanting a great tour of Rome!!!-- read less - 7/07/2022
Delizioso! Our guide, Luca, was amazing! We enjoyed tastes of Rome that we would never have experienced on our own including the best cannoli I have ever tasted! Our 11 year... read moreOur guide, Luca, was amazing! We enjoyed tastes of Rome that we would never have experienced on our own including the best cannoli I have ever tasted! Our 11 year old was impressed with the pasta and the roasted pork. My husband and I enjoyed the very unique pizza. Luca was very informative and friendly and everything was so delicious. Go - and go hungry! read less - 7/06/2022
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Bike tour and cooking class, outstanding! We have done several tours with Walks Inside Rome over the years, and they are always incredible. This year we chose the Appian Way bike tour and the three pastas... read moreWe have done several tours with Walks Inside Rome over the years, and they are always incredible. This year we chose the Appian Way bike tour and the three pastas of Rome cooking class. Both of them were unforgettable!
First, the bike tour. I am a klutz, and the last time I was on a bike I had such a bad crash I never thought I’d do it again, but this was something my husband had wanted to do for a long time, so I nervously agreed. Our guid, Fabrizio, was amazing. He was patient with me and before long the beauty and aromas of the Via Appia Antica melted my fear. We got to experience the city I love so dearly I. A unique way, get some exercise, and learn so much about the city’s history. I absolutely recommend this experience, and we’re thankful we had Fabrizio as our guide. He was great!
That evening we got to celebrate my survival with the cooking class! Davide was our chef and he too was outstanding! Caccio e pepe, carbonara, and amatriciana are the three pastas. The class was wonderful. We were welcomed with Prosecco and a selection of cheeses, meats and olives. I’m a vegetarian but wanted to learn to make everything and was planning to just eat the caccio e pepe, but Davide grabbed some extra tomatoes and we made a pomodoro sauce that’s the best I’ve ever had just a wonderful experience! The location is beautiful, which adds to the ambience. Amazing as always, WIR! read less - 6/24/2022
Foodie walking tour of Trestaverde Luca was outstanding as our guide for our foodie walking tour of Trestaverde. Very knowledgeable, fun and easy going. Explained every stop and why each stop was selected. Also... read moreLuca was outstanding as our guide for our foodie walking tour of Trestaverde. Very knowledgeable, fun and easy going. Explained every stop and why each stop was selected. Also provided interesting history of the area. We would highly recommend Luca to anyone. read less - 6/23/2022