Immerse yourself in the beauty of Venice and explore the city from the water on our gondola tour.
This walking tour of Venice also comes with a 30-minute gondola ride. Show Me Italy has carefully put together a tour that gives you the best of what Venice has to offer: beautiful landmarks, hidden gems and an unforgettable gondola ride! For more options, you may also like our Venice gondola ride on its own, or you may like our Venice Wine Tasting Experience.
Once you arrive at the meeting point, your local guide will share the history of this magical city as you visit Teatro La Fenice and the Scala del Bovolo. You will venture down winding alleyways and explore the hidden “campi” (squares) as you get away from the crowds and off the beaten path.
Your guide will take you to a small dock where you will have the perfect view of the Grand Canal and the famous Rialto Bridge. After the Venice walking tour concludes, you will be introduced to your gondolier. As you relax in your gondola and float past the sun-soaked buildings, you will have time to reflect on the tour and see Venice in a whole new light! If you’re still eager to see what Venice has to offer, you can visit our larger Venice Tours section, and please get in touch if you have any question.
What You See
- Venice's Highlights and Hidden Gems
The first stop is Teatro La Fenice, a world-famous opera house that can accommodate over 1,000 guests. After a few twists and turns down winding alleyways, you come upon the Scala del Bovolo. The stunning combination of Renaissance, Gothic, and Venetian-Byzantine elements make this ornate, spiral staircase a highlight of the tour. With surprises awaiting you around nearly every corner, Venice is sure to win your heart.
- Rialto Bridge
With passion and expert knowledge, your guide takes you to their favorite spots and away from the tourist traps. As you walk along quiet canals and happen upon secluded campi (squares), you get a rare glimpse of the local lifestyle. You then make your way to the famous Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge area. Home to a myriad of shops, the main attraction of this neighborhood (and in all of Venice, for that matter) is the marvelous Rialto Bridge. With a perfect vantage point from the docks nearby, be sure to have your camera ready!
- Grand Canal
Your guide then takes you to meet your gondolier and help you get settled into your gondola (shared boats that hold up to six people). This relaxing journey takes you down tranquil canals and past picturesque bankside palaces. With this foolproof way to escape the crowds, you can enjoy the luxurious atmosphere that makes Venice so unique.
With its elegant and graceful design, the gondola is a true symbol of Venice. The twisting Grand Canal can be seen in the “S” shape of the iron prow-head, and the six sestieri (districts) of the city are represented by the six prongs that jut forward. Combined, they create an elegant balance to the weight of the gondolier as he navigates you through the sparkling canals.
Learn More About Your Gondola and Walking Tour
- Professional tour guide
- Assistant to meet and board
- 30-minute gondola ride
- Personal headsets
- Hotel pick-up/drop-off (available upon request)
- Food and beverages
- Please Note
- Please check in 15 minutes prior to the start time.
- Tour runs rain or shine!
- No refunds for no-shows or late arrivals
- What to Bring
- Bottle of water (especially in hot weather)
- Comfortable shoes and clothing