Venice and Veneto

Venice Essential Tour

(3 reviews)

Price starting from

€ 120.00
  • Venice and Veneto
  • Private Tour
  • 3 Hours
  • Transport: not included

This private walking tour includes the must-sees of Venice and is the perfect introduction for the first time visitor



  • Basilica of Saint Mark (inside)
  • Saint Mark's Square
  • Doge Palace (outside)
  • Sighs' Bridge
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Rialto Fish Market
  • Santa Maria dei Miracoli Church
  • Skip the line tickets for Saint Mark's
  • Private officially licensed guide
  • Itinerary can be customized
  • Private gondola ride (optional)


This private walking tour is the perfect introduction to discover the most important sites of Venice.

Together with your art historian guide you will start entering the magnificent Basilica of Saint Mark, the most important church in the city and splendid example of Byzantine architecture in the Western world. The cathedral was originally built in 828 and then rebuilt in 978 after it was burnt during a rebellion. The mosaics covering the ceiling and the upper order of the interior are entirely made of gold, bronze and precious stones, hence the nickname of Chiesa D'oro (Golden Church). Learning about the history of this ancient building will provide a great wealth of information about the overall history of Venice.

Outside the basilica you will see the Doge Palace (from the outside) and the iconic Bridge of Sighs' before reaching Saint Mark's Square the most important of Venice and the only one actually called piazza while all others in Venice are called campi. There you will also see the Torre dell'orologio (the Clock Tower) completed in 1499, the Procuratie Vecchie (formerly the homes and offices of high officers of the Republic of Venice), the San Marco bell tower, the many cafes of which the Cafe' Florian started doing business in 1720.

A walk through narrow and busy streets will take you to Santa Maria dei Miracoli one of the most beautiful churches in Venice. Built between 1481 and 1489, the building is a perfect example of the Renaissance architecture and one of the most beloved churches by the people of Venice.

The tour will continue to Rialto bridge, probably the most famous of the hudnreds of bridges of Venice. The design made by Antonio da Ponte was chosen among different projects proposed by artists like Palladio, Michelangelo, Sansovino. From the bridge you will have the chance of taking great photos the Canal Grande, the main waterway of the city. Crossing the bridge you will end the tour reaching the lively Rialto Market to see where locals buy the fresh seafood coming from the Adriatic sea.

If you wish you can add a private gondola ride at the end of the tour. Your guide will take you to the place where you wil board your gondola for a 30-minute private ride (just you and your party, it will not be shared with others). You will start from Canal Grande, the main waterway of Venice where all the most prestigious palaces are. You will then go through the smaller canals, pass below the narrow bridges and appreciate the beauty of Venice in a relaxing and intimate way. You can add the gondola experience from the options menu (in the reservation box, located in the upper right part of this page). 

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Private guide officially licensed, skip the line tickets for Saint Mark Basilica

Not included:

Entrance to Santa Maria dei Miracoli (3 Euro per person), transportation, food, drinks, gondola ride (unless chosen as additional option)


Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Russian, Polish

Meeting point:

Near Saint Mark. Detailed intructions and map will be emailed.


3 Hours

Dress code:

Comfortable walking shoes recommended


Private gondola ride

Alternative tours:

If you have more time available we suggest taking our Venice in One Day private tour:


(3 reviews)

Ingrid C.

Moriac (Victoria), Australia

Thank you we had a magnificent day in Venice with David – we both decided that this was the best day and the best guide that we had experienced across our entire trip. David was a wonderful, well informed guide who really cared about what we wanted out of the day. Thank you for arranging a memorable day in Venice !!


Joe A.

Davie (FL) USA

Our guide Andrea was excellent. Very knowledgeable and pleasant. We have used Kissfromitaly services many times and they were always great.