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Activities in Venice

Carnivals and Secrets: Venice Free Tour

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A very complete tour, Ernesto is a wonderful guide and explains everything very clearly and in a simple and pleasant way to understand
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When the sun falls, Venice becomes a city filled with mystery... Discover its secrets with this free walking tour!

When the sun falls, Venice becomes a city filled with mystery... Discover its secrets with this free walking tour!

Carnivals and Secrets: Venice Free Tour

This alternative free tour of Venice begins at the main entrance to the Church of San Simeone Piccolo, in the centre of the Santa Croce neighbourhood.

The tour takes in the other side of Venice, leaving behind the major tourist areas like St. Mark's Square. This is a city filled with hidden gems, away from the throngs of cruise passengers and more who daily fill the “Serenísima”.

On this free walking tour of Venice's legends, we'll discover some of the stories only the locals know. On the banks of the Gran Canal we'll learn about the devastating Black Death, a terrible illness which decimated the city in the 14th century.

Then the tour continues around the San Paolo neighbourhood, where we'll see the details of the Campo San Paolo - the nerve centre of the area. It's here that we'll recommend some of the best bars in the area to enjoy a spritz, one of Venice's typical indulgences!

And the tour will also pass by a traditional Venetian squero - a gondola workshop to you and I! And the free tour comes to an end next to the Galleria dell'Accademia, in the Dorsoduro neighbourhood to the south of the Gran Canal. Here you'll be able to see the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, itself home to many a legend...

Group Sizes

This free tour does not admit bookings for more than 6 people. If your group is larger than this, you should reserve the private tour of Venice.

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Price

Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.

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Covid-19 Measures

It is compulsory to present a Covid vaccination certificate, a negative PCR test or antigen test taken up to 48 hours before the activity. Show more

Tours or activities will not consist of more than 21 people per group.

A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.

The use of masks is obligatory. Masks will be given to those clients who do not have their own.

All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.

Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.

The temperature and wellness of all those taking part in the service will be monitored daily, excluding and maintaining in quarantine any who display fever or symptoms.

Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.

Alcoholic drinks are not available.

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Duration

2 hours - 2 hours 30 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and other languages.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and other languages.

Included

English speaking guide

When to book?

You can book up until 24 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible. This must be indicated in the reservation.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

No printing of documentation required.

Pet-friendly?

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 4 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

Free!

Free cancellation

If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.

Meeting point

Church of San Simeone Piccolo.