Best Summer Walking Tours: Venice, Italy.
Best Summer Walking Tours: Venice, Italy.
If you are looking for things to do in Venice this summer, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to walking tours.
If you are looking for things to do in Venice this summer, you really are spoilt for choice. The city is a honeypot of things to see and do, activities and hidden gems (even if you’re visiting Venice with the kids!). If you’re not here for long, you might miss out on some of the best places to see - so we are here to help! In this blog we will highlight the must see Venice tourist attractions, with a focus on walking tours, as these are the perfect way to see more of the city and make the most of your time here.
Venice guided tours - discover more and make the most of your time
Venice is full of treasures, some tucked away deep inside the maze of narrow streets that make up the city. You don’t even need to break the bank, there are many options If you’re visiting Venice on a budget. Having a guide for your Venice walking tour is the ideal way to make sure you don’t overlook key points of interest, and some will even allow you to access areas otherwise closed to the public!
Summer in Venice can be incredibly hot, with average temperatures reaching above 23C, so why not avoid the heat of summer on an exclusive evening tour? The Scala Contarini Del Bovolo is a beautiful staircase, hidden deep within the heart of Venice, and on this guided walking tour you’ll be treated to a number of exclusives along the way. After gaining exclusive access and ascending the staircase to enjoy stunning views out over the city, you’ll also have exclusive out-of-hours access to the Ospedaletto complex (this part of the tour is lantern lit, creating an incredibly unique experience), Sala della Musica and the Church of Santa Maria dei Derelitti. Oh, and there’s a glass of prosecco at a local bar included at the end of the tour!
Short on time? You can still discover Venice in a day!
If you are only spending a little time in Venice, you can still see the best of this wonderful city in a short period. It’s really easy to make the most of Venice in one day, and there are tours available where you’ll be able to enjoy a combination of both walking and boat tours. With our Venice in a Day tour, for example, the walking parts of this tour of Venice are guided, meaning you’ll see and learn more in less time than you would exploring on your own. Yes, we were supposed to focus on walking tours but have you truly visited Venice if you didn’t glide down her famous waterways in a gondola?
Venice Islands tour: Murano, Burano and Torcello
Another option available to you is to tour the Venetian islands. The Venetian Lagoon is home to the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello, providing a change of pace from the busy city streets. You’ll be able to visit the famous glassworks of Murano, admire the colourful fishermen’s houses of Burano and purchase tickets to step inside Torcello’s Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta! Our Three Islands Tour of The Venetian Lagoon is perfect to discover each of these stunning Venetian islands, and as this is a guided tour, you’ll have a qualified guide to really make your experience exciting and informative!
Guided tours of the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica
The Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Basilica are two of Venice’s most visited tourist attractions, and for very good reason! The Doge’s Palace is one of the most recognisable symbols of Venice, and it dominates Saint Mark's Square, standing out due to its size and extraordinary structure, with Byzantine, European and Oriental architecture colliding to create a magnificent spectacle. A guided tour of the Doge’s Palace is another great way to escape the hot summer sun for an hour or so and learn of its historical significance - it was once the seat of the most important political power in the Venetian Republic!
Equally historically significant, we’ve previously prepared a blog around everything you need to know about St Mark’s Basilica. The Basilica itself is a visual delight, with a design influenced by eastern Byzantine styles of the time - Venice was a major trading port and dominated shipping routes to the east meaning goods as well as artistic influences were brought back. Visit the famous Pala d’Oro (the golden altar) complete with a multitude of precious gems and stones. The Golden Basilica tour will educate and entice you, learning of the Basilica’s origins as you admire the stunning golden mosaics inside!