The Best Walking Tours in Venice

The Best Walking Tours in Venice

Venice is one of the most impressive cities in Europe, and it draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. As we have a wide range of walking tours in our tours and destinations section, we thought we’d put together a brief article outlining the best walking tours in Venice. Enjoy!

Venice is one of the most impressive cities in Europe, and it draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. On a first visit, many people expect to see most of the city by gondola and are surprised by how many sights, buildings, and monuments are only available on foot. In fact, a walking tour is probably the best way to explore Venice. As we have a wide range of walking tours in our tours and destinations section, we thought we’d put together a brief article outlining the best walking tours in Venice. Enjoy!

An Introductory Walking Tour

If you’re new to Venice and want a rough introduction to the city’s charms, then a short walking tour of Venice might be the best option. For just €25 you can take a 90-minute tour of Venice, starting in Saint Mark’s Square and moving through the beautiful Castello district. This tour is available in English, French, German, and Spanish, and the guide will take you into the lesser-known streets and give you a detailed overview of Venice’s complex history.

Scuola Grande di San Marco

The Inside Venice Tour

If you’re looking for a longer walking tour that focuses on the city’s most famous attractions (the Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica), then our Inside Venice Tour might be right for you. This tour will take you around the Doge’s Palace, providing you with plenty of history and insight. The tour will look at the stunning architecture, artistic masterpieces, and the palace’s famous Golden Staircase. From there, the tour will take you over the world-famous Bridge of Sighs and on to Saint Mark’s Basilica, where you will learn about the cathedral’s fascinating history — the religious significance of its art, and the complicated building process that produced this architectural masterpiece!

Discover the Doge's Palace and Saint Mark's Basilica on our Inside Venice Tour

Saint Mark’s Basilica After Hours

If you’re especially interested in Saint Mark’s Basilica, and you’re keen to see it once all of the crowds have left, then our Saint Mark’s Basilica After Hours tour is perfect for you. This tour offers visitors a chance to explore this stunning cathedral at night and it is the only tour of its kind available in Venice! There is something incredibly special about exploring St Mark’s at night time. It’s not just the lighting and ambience that makes this tour so special, it’s also the silence and the breath-taking acoustics when anyone speaks. If you’ve been to Venice before and you’re looking for a fresh perspective on the city, then this tour may be the one for you!

Saint Mark's is stunning after hours

The Doge’s Palace Walking Tour

One of the biggest selling points of our Doge’s Palace Walking Tour is that it allows you to skip the line into the palace. The Doge’s Palace is the busiest attraction in Venice, so any way of skipping the queues is very appealing — especially in the extremely hot summer days! This tour is also perfect if you’re particularly interested in the Doge’s Palace; it lasts an hour and is available in English, French, German, and Spanish. Learn about the palace’s history, it’s architecture, and the many artistic masterpieces hung on its walls. The tour finishes in the palace’s incredible courtyard, so that you can explore the palace afterwards, by yourself.

Be able to skip-the-line at The Doge's Palace (the busiest attraction in Venice!)

Private Venetian Art and Architecture Tour

If a visit to the Doge’s Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica has given you a taste for the city’s architecture, you may like to take our Private Venetian Art and Architecture Walking Tour.This two-hour tour takes you away from the bustling crowds and shows you Venice’s hidden artistic masterpieces. Suitable for solo travellers, couples, and families, this tour is the perfect introduction the city’s exceptional artistic heritage and it showcases much of the city’s stunning architecture. On this tour, you will visit the cathedral of Saint Giovanni and Saint Paolo, which boasts the largest stained-glass window in Venice. You will then visit the Santa Maria dei Miracoli Church, then the former residence of Marco Polo himself! This is a brilliant tour for anyone keen to walk the roads less travelled through Venice!

We hope you found this guide interesting and that it has inspired one or two readers to take a walking tour in Venice. Venice Events has a huge range of Venice tours and we encourage anyone and everyone to get in touch if they have any questions. With our help, you can plan your next big adventure today!