Tours & activities by Sacred Destinations from Viator

  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
From USD $28.53

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Discover the side of Venice that many visitors don’t see on a leisurely paced, 2-hour walking tour, packed with historical anecdotes, quirky stories and little-known facts. With a local guide, knowledgeable about Venice’s past, you'll explore the Rialto, Carampane and San Polo neighborhoods. Learn of the Venetian ‘courtesans’ as you walk through the historical red light district; see a palace where tax evaders were once imprisoned (outside only); and visit the Frari church to see Renaissance art by Giovanni Bellini, Antonio Canova and Tiziano Vecellio (aka Titian).


  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
Meet your local guide on Rialto Bridge, and set off on your walking tour of Venice. Start with a stroll through the old artisan quarters of the city, better known as the Rialto, an area that surrounds the Grand Canal. Historically and presently Venice’s main trade area, the Rialto is a bustling district, ever-popular with visitors, traders and locals alike.

After a glimpse of Venice’s hectic side, follow your guide through the labyrinth of enchanting streets and narrow passageways that so many visitors fail to discover. Pass time-worn old bars where merchants have relaxed for centuries, and pass through the so-called ‘castelleto’ area in Carampane, a historical red light district, where Venetian courtesans once worked the streets.

Hear about these well-heeled and independent women, as well as their questionable morals, and learn of famous and intellectual courtesans such as Veronica Franco, a poet who counted literates and other eminent Italians as her friends. Stop for photos on the naughtily nicknamed Ponte delle Tette (Bridge of Tits), and hear how its name was given after the courtesans who were encouraged to model topless, touting their ‘wares,’ on the canals.

Pass Palazzo dei Camerlenghi in the San Polo neighborhood, and hear how the beautiful Renaissance palace was once a feared prison for tax evaders. In between viewing quirky sites around the area, learn about Venice in days of old and what life is like today for modern-day Venetians.

Your walking tour finishes with a visit to the Frari church, one of the city’s true lesser-known gems. Tucked away on an unassuming San Polo side street, the Gothic building is home to fascinating artwork by Bellini, Canova and Titian — three of the most influential Italian artists of the High Renaissance period. Pay your entrance fee, and step inside the church to marvel at the art for the last half hour of your tour.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Rialto Bridge, Venice
Departure Time:
2 hours (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at the Frari church

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Hidden Venice Half-Day Walking Tour

Hidden Venice Half-Day Walking Tour

  • Professional guide
  • Headsets, if needed
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Admission to the Frari Church (approx. 3 euros)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Sally W, June 2016

Great insights into the history of the architecture of Venice, the formation of the city and other interesting facts. Our guide was lovely and the tour was worthwhile.

Reviewed by: Brenda S, May 2016

This tour was an absolute joy, our guide was very friendly and informative. The 2 hours flew by and finished at a perfect time for us to find lunch. Would highly recommend this tour. Thank you.