If you came to Venice with visions in mind of winding streets and tumbling houses, then our Secret Venice walking tour and gondola ride is the tour for you. Escape the crowds of St. Marks’s Square with this original evening walking tour that explores Venice’s less seen, more romantic face on the other side of the Grand Canal.
Our Secret Venice Walking Tour our starts with an evening stroll through hidden Venice, where we’ll get away from the tourist trail and experience life as the locals do. Follow your expert, English-speaking guide past spooky Ca’ Dario, the most cursed house in Venice; Fondameta degli Incurabli the original ‘conservatory’ music hospital where monks raised orphans as world-famous performers; and Redentore Church where your guide will paint a picture of the incredible festivals that once flowed from here into the piazzas and canals.
During your Secret Venice Walking Tour, you’ll visit parts of the city that most tourists never see. As you walk you’ll see Ernest Hemmingway’s favorite haunts and hear stories of the real Desdemona (from Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’) whose home you will pass, and learn of a very different woman – Peggy Guggenheim whose behavior outraged locals.
Your guide leaves you then and our Venice walking tour ends on the sweetest note with a quiet gondola ride. Relax as a gondolier, in his striped shirt, punts along the canal. With only six people per gondola your ride will be peaceful and intimate.
As evening dissolves into night our boats dock and the group disperses with heads full of narrow canals and little-known stories. You’ll hardly have the heart to go back to the tourist trail now you've seen the real Venice.
Each gondola has space for up to 6 people so you will likely be sharing with another group. We currently don’t have an option for a private gondola tour within a group tour.
However, we would be delighted to help you with booking a fully Private Tour, where not only the gondola but also the Secret Venice Walking Tour would be private. For more information, please contact us by phone, email or live chat.
Our City Wonders coordinators will be wearing blue polo shirts or jackets at the meeting point for easy recognition and holding a sign with the tour name.
Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time of the tour.
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