Semi-Private Venice Walking Tour with St Mark’s
LivTours’ Semi-Private Venice Walking Tour with St Mark’s takes you through this enchanting city’s main highlights and through the magnificent Basilica of St. Mark. Your semi-private group of maximum six people is guaranteed to be small, allowing for your introduction to Venice to be intimate and personal. This walking tour winds through Venice’s serene canals and charming bridges, stopping along the way to discover the major sites that seem to be hidden throughout. Capture the essence of this floating city by seeing and experiencing some of the 118 islands that Venice is built around.
From the city’s most ancient church in Campo San Giacometto to the neighborhood where Marco Polo grew up, and all the seemingly secret corners in between. Find yourself in awe, both inside and outside of the ornately decorated and domed St. Mark’s Basilica. The Venice small group walking tour offers you a glimpse into Venice’s remarkable past and the opportunity to also experience its vibrant present. Your tour begins just as the morning sun starts to bring the city to life and locals gather fresh produce and seafood at the Rialto markets.
- Engage with your guide thanks to LivTours small group sizes - max six people
- Skip ahead of the line at St. Mark’s Basilica with our VIP privileged entry
- Experience Venice with our local expert guide who speaks your language
- Learn the stories and fascinating history behind the art & architecture of Venice
- Explore Venice’s labyrinth of footpaths, bridges, hidden churches and squares
Semi-Private tours and experiences are guaranteed six participants max.
Our prices always include tickets and reservations fees (no waiting in lines!)
Our tour guides and staff are selected experts and speak perfect English
Easy to book and prepay your tours with our secure payment system
Eco-sustainable tourism, designed to respect and support local culture, art and traditions
Your LivTours’ Semi-Private Venice Walking Tour with Saint Mark’s begins in Campo San Giacometto, a charming square, once the heart of Venetian financial and political activity. Your small group of curious travelers will meet in front of the church of San Giacomo di Rialto, the oldest church in Venice! Built in 421 AD, learn about the amazing history of this small church and about the miracle of its survival over the centuries. Admire Venice’s past while also observing modern Venetian daily life as people shop for their daily groceries in the bustling Rialto marketplace.
Just around the corner, your group will come across Venice’s most spectacular bridge, Ponte Rialto. Built in the 1580’s, your guide will teach you about this bridge’s amazing story and the brilliance of its architectural design. One of the most picturesque views of Venice’s Grand Canal and its boat traffic can be seen from the highest point on the Ponte Rialto. Snap a picture of this unusual morning commuter scene.
Onward through Venice’s characteristic labyrinth of small walkways, footbridges, and hidden corners, your guide will help you find your way as you turn corners and find yourself suddenly in quaint squares with churches and other noteworthy buildings. Listen to the incredible stories and delightful anecdotes about the influential families who both ruled over and contributed to the creation of this magical city.
Your group will continue to the heart of modern-day Venice, St. Mark’s Square. No guidebook nor picture can quite prepare you for the absolutely breathtaking architecture and imposing presence of St. Mark’s Basilica and the adjacent symbol of wealth and power, the Doge’s Palace. Even from the outside, these ornate, heavily adorned structures reveal the magnitude of Venice’s historical significance. Pre-arranged reservations allow your group to avoid waiting in long lines and go directly inside St. Mark’s Basilica. Once inside, you will be absolutely mesmerized by the golden glow of the mosaic tiles, detailed bronze statues, he painstakingly decorated domes and colorful marble patterns across the floor. It’s here inside the Basilica that the diverse art styles spanning across both time and culture are especially evident.
- Campo San Giacometto
- Church of San Giacomo di Rialto
- Rialto bridge
- Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo
- St Marks square
- The Grand Canal
- St Marks Basilica skip-the-line entrance
- Places of worship have strict dress code requirements for entry. All participants are required to have shoulders and knees covered (no tank tops or short dresses) to enter.
- There is no photography allowed inside St Marks Basilica.
- Due to these unprecedented times and ongoing safety and regulation changes, some sites may have limited accessibility if the venue can not guarantee social distancing which may lead to unforeseen tour modifications. Thank you for your understanding.
- LivTours’ group size of max 6 participants is and always has been based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of the innovation, changes, and challenges that are presented to us during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to COVID-19 safety regulations, the museums and sites visited on this tour require wearing a mask while on the site. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.
All LivTours Semi-Private Group Tours are limited to 6 guests per tour guide. Our commitment to maintaining our uniquely tiny group sizes can sometimes be a little tricky, mathematically speaking. For example, we want to ensure that traveling families and friends can tour together so on rare occasions we may add one or two guests in order to not split groups. On that same note, you may also find yourself on tour with less than six people! We thank you for your understanding and flexibility.
"My sisters and I were in Venice last month and booked LivItaly's walking tour. It was an excellent way to better understand the lay of the city and to learn about all that makes Venice what it is today. There was another couple in our group (so, 5 of us total) and the entire atmosphere was very friendly and enjoyable. The guide was brilliant and the time just flew by. We give this tour 5 strong stars and highly recommend it."
Sabre - UK
"We can strongly recommend this tour to you. We had a wonderful guide who was very knowledgeable but also extremely friendly. There were only 3 other people in our group so the entire experience was very low-key, relaxed and enjoyable. We loved seeing St Mark's but it it hadn't been for our guide's help, we might have felt lost and somewhat overwhelmed. We learned so much about Venice's very important place throughout history and our guide shared invaluable insight into what it is like to live in Venice today. This was an experience we will never forget."
Neil - Sweden
Couldn't have asked for more!
"We live in Europe (for my husband's work) and spending a weekend in Venice has been my lifetime-dream-come-true. What made it even better was the fabulous walking tour we took with LivItaly's guide, Sara. She is a native of Venice and shared her love, enthusiasm AND concerns about this unique city. We felt we were spending the morning with an old friend. Or, I should say, friends because ours was a small group tour with another lovely family of 4 and we all really hit it off, right from the start! We couldn't have asked for anything better from this tour and it truly helped make our Venetian experience extremely special."
Lauren - France
By selecting Choose Dates Later / Buy as Gift at booking, any tour can be purchased without fixed dates. This is the perfect option if you want to purchase your tour as a gift for a loved one, or if you are in the pre-planning phase of your vacation. After booking, you will receive a Travel Voucher Code and full instructions on how to schedule your tours when ready. Once your travel plans are confirmed, you can easily use the Travel Voucher Code on the LivTours website to formally schedule your tours. You can find out more here.