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Hidden Venice by Night: Walking Tour & Gondola Ride

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2.15 h.
Sun, Tue, Thu & Sat
17:00 & 18:30

  • Your evening starts in the quieter, hidden area of the Floating City, where the locals live and traditions still remain. Here we uncover the mysteries of the past while we show you the haunted houses, famous locations, and explore picturesque piazzas where the locals meet, away from the tourists.
  • We’ll then take you on an unforgettable gondola ride through the quiet, atmospheric canals. We’ve organized everything for you, from pre-arranging the best local gondoliers and picturesque route, to removing your need for endless negotiations. We’ve even extended your gondola ride from a typical 10 minutes to a leisurely half an hour.
  • Your small group will be led by an expert English-speaking guide, who will point out the hidden art and architecture, share local tips and organize your local gondolier ride.

Tour Description

What's Included

  • Expert English-speaking guide for the walking portion of the tour
  • 35 minute shared gondola ride (mixed group of up to 6 pax)
  • Small groups of 24 people or less
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • Gratuities

Sites Visited

  • Academy of Fine Arts (Accademia)
  • Bridge of Wonders
  • Campo San Barnaba
  • Fondamenta degli Incurabili
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection
  • Ca’ Dario
  • View of Redentore Church and Giudecca Island
  • Punta della Dogana
  • Church of the Madonna della Salute
  • Gondola ride (no commentary included)

Experience a quieter, more mysterious side of the Floating City on our Secret Venice at Night Tour, leading you off the beaten path to explore mysteries and legends of the city, before taking to the water for a Venice gondola ride.

Discover a Lesser-Known Venice

Allow us to introduce Venice in a new light on our Secret Venice walking tour. In the fading light of evening, you’ll meet your guide, an expert, English-speaking storyteller. For an hour and a half, you’ll join them on an exploration of the other, less-visited side of the Grand Canal. You’ll pass quiet piazzas where locals sit out on benches, duck through beautiful residential courtyards and wind your way through a maze of canals and alleyways. With audio headsets for every guest and small group sizes of only 24 people or less, your guide will be easy to hear and interact with – and most importantly, difficult to lose.

Learn More with our Expert Guides

As you walk your guide will teach you about the history and culture of Venice, telling you some of the stories that bring the city to life. At Ca’ Dario you’ll hear about the most haunted house in Venice; at Redentore Church they’ll build images of elaborately costumed festivals; you’ll see the house where Shakespeare’s real-life Desdemona once lived; while Fondementa degli Incurabli will come to life as a home for musically gifted orphans.

Along the way, you’ll learn to spot the little details that give Venice its characters and decipher their meaning. Seek out the tiny slots used to slip accusations to the republic’s secret police and learn how early democracy thrived in this city of checks and balances. Exploring the mysterious world of Venice at night, you’ll hear the tales and learn the history that makes this city so unique.

Enjoy a Sedate Gondola Ride

After our walking tour, we’ll take to the water for the quintessential Venetian experience. We’ve pre-booked your Venice gondola ride and pre-organised a route, so you don’t have to worry about negotiating astronomical prices or not getting what you paid for.

Traveling in groups of only six people maximum per gondola, your journey through the quieter canals of Venice will be peaceful and intimate. Relax and soak up the atmosphere as your master gondolier punts along the canal, navigating his way between extravagant palaces and, theaters and homes.

Dig a little deeper and get to know the mysterious Floating City a little better on our Secret Venice at Night Tour and Gondola Ride. Peeling back the layers of history, you’ll hear the legends and mysteries that give Venice its flamboyant character, bringing the quiet streets and canals of the Floating City to life.

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