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Venice: City Walking Tour

1. Venice: City Walking Tour

Join a walking tour of Venice and explore its fascinating maze of narrow streets, elegant palaces, and imposing churches. See the city’s unmissable attractions and learn about their history and cultural significance with a professional guide. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Listen as your guide tells you the history of the dukes of Venice and how the city was once the most powerful maritime empire in the Mediterranean Sea. Explore the elegant Castello residential area and walk through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Stroll past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Walk along charming canals, wander into small alleys, and discover picturesque squares where Venetians gather to socialize. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the places you visit.

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Venice: Food and Wine Tour with Cicchetti Tasting

2. Venice: Food and Wine Tour with Cicchetti Tasting

Eat and drink your way around Venice on a food and wine tasting tour with a local guide. Visit some of the city's favorite eateries and wine bars, sample tapas-like "Cicchetti", and learn about Venetian culinary culture. Taste a wide range of food specialties, from regional cheeses to buranelli biscuits to traditional cakes. Pair your food samples with traditional drinks and Italian wines. Sample tiramisù in the city where it was invented, and experience the unique culture of “Cicchetti”, the tapas-like snacks loved by Venetians served in cozy and charming “bàcari” (bars). Discover old taverns and quaint locales where locals gather and eat. Explore quaint alleys, historic streets, and colorful markets and view historical monuments and attractions along the way.

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Venice: Self-Guided Discovery Tour

3. Venice: Self-Guided Discovery Tour

Learn the secret history of Venice at your own pace on a self-guided tour of the most historic areas. Download the app to your mobile device and use the provided map and itinerary to find sights known only to locals at a time to suit you. Listen to the fascinating commentary as you see where the old warships were built in the dockyards of the Arsenale in the Castello sestiere (district). Discover Europe's first Jewish Ghetto and marvel at masterpieces of art and architecture, such as the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari and the Renaissance church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli in the Cannaregio district. Admire the famous monuments of St. Mark's Square, including the former seat of power at the Doge's Palace and the Byzantine facade of St. Mark's Basilica. Walk through the historic Rialto district to see the beautiful Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal. Explore the historic Santa Croce area around Piazzale Roma and more.

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Venice: Private Evening Tour w/ Drinks & Bites in Cannaregio

4. Venice: Private Evening Tour w/ Drinks & Bites in Cannaregio

See Venice come to life as the locals come out to unwind in one of the top areas in town, the Cannaregio district. Visit 3 of the best spots for a drink and a typical local bite like Cicchetti and Ombra. Visit beautiful sights with your local guide and nightlife expert. Enjoy local drinks such as wine, beer, cocktails, or non-alcoholic beverages paired with delicious bites typical of the region as you hop from hotspot to hotspot. Vegetarian alternatives cover every taste. Immerse yourself in Venices' vibrant nightlife with your tour guide and get to know the city.

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Venice: Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour

5. Venice: Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour

Join a unique evening walking tour and learn about the famous ghost and legends of Venice with a local guide. Discover the ghostly Castello and Cannaregio districts and uncover the city’s secrets and mysteries. Experience a tour that covers areas of Venice after dark that you might otherwise not have the courage to visit. See places that have been the scene of unexplained events and mysterious apparitions. Be led by your guide and explore hidden and supernatural corners of the city. Walkthrough the winding streets and eerie squares of Cannaregio and Castello districts. Listen for ghostly sounds coming outside the Malibran Theater. Hear the story of the unburied child, said to be seen in the murky lagoon. Visit an underground crypt that has been forgotten for years illuminated by the light of a candle. Hear some scary tales of more recent times that will keep you alert during your walk.

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Venice: Venetian Style Carnival Pub Crawl

6. Venice: Venetian Style Carnival Pub Crawl

Go on a fun, Venetian style pub crawl of Venice, and discover traditional bars frequented by locals. Meet like minded travelers on a sociable tour that aims to show you how Venetians enjoy life. Meet in front of the Ca Rezzonico Museum at 5:00 PM, where you will be met by your guide. Then, meander through a labyrinth of small alleyways and campi (city squares) to visit 3 local bars known as ”bacari” in the Venetian dialect. Upon arrival at each bar, you will be offered an ombra (a glass of local wine). At the final bar you will have the chance to try the very popular Venetian, orange-colored cocktail known as “spritz,” usually served with an olive or two. You will also taste the typical venetian cicchetti (tapas) in each bacaro. Experience a great way of seeing the city as the locals see it, and chat to new friends. Great for singles, couples, or small groups, you never know who you might meet and who is behind the mask…

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Venice: 2-Hour Legends and Ghosts of Cannaregio Tour

7. Venice: 2-Hour Legends and Ghosts of Cannaregio Tour

Experience the mysterious atmosphere as night falls on the Cannaregio district of Venice. On this 2-hour tour a qualified guide will lead you to hidden corners and quiet places, while entertaining you with legends about this unique area. Your group will make its way through the maze of ancient narrow streets that visitors seldom see. Hear some of the darkest and most obscure stories about Venice. Learn about the ghosts of Cannaregio and of the continuous ghost appearances reported by the region’s current inhabitants.

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St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Gondola Ride and City Walking Tour

8. St. Mark's Basilica: Skip-the-Line Tour with Gondola Ride and City Walking Tour

Discover the best of Venice on a walking tour with skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica. See impressive monuments, marvel at magnificent interiors, and explore the canals of the floating city on an unforgettable gondola ride. Meet your expert guide and step inside St. Mark's Basilica, a unique cathedral displaying some of the finest examples of Byzantine art in the world. Uncover the biblical symbolism behind the artworks. Take in the beautiful golden mosaics and marble floor inlays. Listen as your guide tells you the history and the special features of this architectural wonder. Admire the city's main monuments such as the Clock-Tower, Procuratie Vecchie, and the Bell Tower around St. Mark’s Square. Stroll through the famous Mercerie, one of the city’s main shopping districts. Walk past the famous Santa Maria Formosa square, the house of Marco Polo, The Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, and the Rialto Bridge with its traditional market. Wander through small alleys and discover picturesque squares where Venetians gather to socialize. Find hidden gems and learn interesting facts about the places you visit. Finish your experience with a charming gondola ride. Let the gondolier transport you along the canals and be fascinated by the hidden corners of Venice as seen from the water.

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Venice: Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour with Wine and Food Tasting

9. Venice: Ghosts and Legends Walking Tour with Wine and Food Tasting

Join a unique evening walking tour and learn about the famous ghost and legends of Venice with a local guide. Discover the ghostly Castello and Cannaregio districts and uncover the city’s secrets and mysteries. Experience a tour that covers areas of Venice after dark that you might otherwise not have the courage to visit. See places that have been the scene of unexplained events and mysterious apparitions. Be led by your guide and explore hidden and supernatural corners of the city. Walk through the winding streets and eerie squares of Cannaregio and Castello districts. Listen for ghostly sounds coming outside the Malibran Theater. Hear the story of the unburied child, said to be seen in the murky lagoon. Visit an underground crypt that has been forgotten for years illuminated by the light of a candle. Hear some scary tales of more recent times that will keep you alert during your walk. Your tour also includes stops at three different local bars, where you will try a wine and type of cicchetti (snack) at each one.

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Venice: Private Cannaregio and Jewish Quarter Tour

10. Venice: Private Cannaregio and Jewish Quarter Tour

Your local guide will take you to see beautiful palace facades, houses of past Arab merchants, the Campo dei Mori, and beautiful views of the northern lagoon. Cannaregio was once home to one of Venice’s most famous painters, Tintoretto. Enjoy stories of his life and peers and see the place of his burial, the Madonna Dell’Orto Church. The church, often referred to as Tintoretto’s church, holds a spectacular collection of his masterpieces, and is truly a must for all Tintoretto fans. Walking from here, your guide will accompany you to the famous Jewish Ghetto. Dating back to the early 14th century, there is much to discover on this island within an island. In 1516, the Senate approved the proposal that all Jews should be moved to a closed area within the city. By crossing over one of the three bridges to enter this area, you can step back in time and learn about this complicated history.  Your guide is an expert on Jewish history and you'll be able to learn how the local community lived throughout the ages and how they live today. Enjoy the kosher shops, restaurants, library and synagogues where services take place today to serve Jewish Venetians.  At the conclusion of this walking tour, it will be possible for you to visit the Jewish Museum and synagogues separately, where individual entrance fees are required. After taking this tour, you may also like to consider visiting the old Jewish Cemetry on the Lido of Venice. Goethe, Byron, and Shelly were all fascinated by the melancholy beauty of this cemetery, abandoned in the 18th century.

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What people are saying about Cannaregio

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 927 reviews

This tour was fantastic and we had an amazing guide. What can I say? this tour is perfect for those new to Venezia and looking for a bit of history, highlights, tips on what to see, do and eat. Thank you Denise for sharing with us. Love from Norway.

This was a great introduction and tour of Venice with local guide Denise. Her passion brought the city and history to life. Having traveled a lot and done many tours this was definitely one of the the best and most fun.

This tour was very informative and interesting. We liked the fact that it covered areas off the beaten track. The guide (Denise) was very knowledgable and engaging.

Graziella is a great guide and was very engaging. We really enjoyed the tour. Thank you!

Christina was an excellent guide. Grear to see the 'back streets'