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We are a Local Tour operator who take care of the city and its history, for this reason we’ve created some special tours to improve Venice, trying to give work to the local artists and restore old symbolic places.
Our aim is keep Venice alive and preserve it for the future generations!

 

ALL TOURS ARE COVID FREE (updated on June 2020)

The customers health is the most important matter  for us, therefore  we operate  our tours in according to the Covid-19 National-Regional directives in order to guarantee the experiences in a safe environment.

Here below, a list of the safety measures that we’ve taken:

  • Customers must bring their own headphones, in case of need we only give disposable earphones
  • All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned
  • Social distancing is maintained in vehicles/means of transport
  • To reduce crowds, the number of visitors is limited. Only small groups
  • Masks are required for closed places or when there is no necessary distance , customer must bring their own 

ANOTHER PIECE OF VENICE HISTORY - The Prison Palace

The 2019 has been a year full of new projects, the main’s one was the opening of the Prisons Palace in Piazza San Marco. This marvelous Palace has the ancient Venetian prisons that was built as “new and healthier jails” in the 1500.
The Venice Artistic Association organized only concerts and Biennale Exhibition in it, but nowadays, thanks to our help, the whole palace is accessible with daily guided visits and the people can learn a piece of hidden Venice.

We managed to restore and open all the secret itinerary of the prisons: from December 2019, a new historical attraction has been opened to the public, a piece of Venetian history, that was completely unknown to the most people, now is accessible to everybody.


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READY TO HELP VENICE!

Venice is delicate and the last exceptional high tides put it through the wringer. How can we help tourists to face this event? How can we help our beloved city?
Here below the two answers to these thorny questions:

For the tourists we’ve created an informative category on our blog about the Venice High Tide: here they can find suggestions, tips and curiosities regarding this unique phenomenon.

For the city: after the exceptional high tide of 12th November 2019, Venice and especially the churches in the old town, suffered some damages.
In order to help them to conserve their beauty, we organized a Walking Tour without charge (only € 3 euros, the booking fees) with the aim to collect funds to the restoration of San Giacometto Church at Rialto. The tour starts from Piazza San Marco with a qualified guide and arrive to the Church in Rialto, here the participants can leave a free donation.
All the collected money will be used to fix the damage done by the High Tide on 12th November.


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UNUSUAL TOUR OF MURANO 

The 95% of the tours on Murano’s island stop there only for fast glassblowing demonstrations, without possibility to let people know the old town of Murano.

Venice Tours philosophy is that an activity must be an experience and not only a “see and change place”. We want to participants to live the culture and soul of a place. Not only see but understand what they are doing and seeing.

We organized the only shared boat tour in Venice that allows you to discover the Murano’s island in all its splendor and with an amazing glassblowing demonstration in former Church and now it’s a glass furnace with museum. The clients will have their own audio guide with explication of the museums and the whole old town of Murano.


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THE LOCAL EXPERIENCES

The category that we are most proud is the “Experience with local artisans”: we can boast that we have about 80 people per day enjoying the workshops with local artisans. These activities allow to maintain the small and local enterprises and, at the same time, improve also the Venetian community.
The tourists can enjoy a suitable alternative activity learning local craftsmanship or tasting Venice specialties. The proposed experiences are many: Cooking class, Wine Tastings, Glass making art workshop, watercolors class or the fascinating lesson to create the own carnival mask and many others!

A sustainable way to discover Venice. Only on this way we can enhance the quality of the local tourism.


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THE GONDOLA RIDE – ADD QUALITY TO THE FIRST MUSTO-DO IN VENICE

Before museums, famous squares and any kind of attraction, In Venice you must go on Gondola!
That’s the first thing to do. The gondola keeps being the best seller in Venice and, also the experience most wanted by the tourists from all over the world. So, during the last years we've always improved the gondola product in order to provide an “unforgettable experience” and not just a ride.

In 2017 we developed an innovative commentary by mobile app that explains the gondola itinerary during the ride.
The clients listen to the automatic narrations (10 points in 9 languages) while they are on gondola.
The participants really appreciate these new features and, as result, the reviews of our gondolas have better average than those without commentary.

Why do we provide the commentary to the clients? At the meeting point, our staff always listens to the tips, complaints and suggestion of the clients and so, we realized that the most of the people was not completely satisfied because the gondolier never gives information (the gondoliers are only drivers and, most of them do not speak neither English). So, we have had the idea: make people satisfied with the commentary.
On our gondola rides, the tourists can learn the history and curiosities of the highlights around them during the charming gondola ride.

 

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…. GONDOLA WITH MUSIC?

The famous and inimitable gondola serenade along the romantic Grand Canal belongs to the Top Sellers of the excursions in Venice.  Tourists love this tour (the shared version), because with a good price they can live an unforgettable experience along the most famous city canal.

Due to the high demand of this tour, there was the problem that the “flotilla” of gondolas was too big and not everybody could properly listen to the music and the singer based on the central gondola.
So, after a survey at the meeting point with many clients, we understood what they need and want.
Last summer we created the “Gondola with Music & Singer”.

Which’s the difference with the classic Serenade?

Our gondola with music is only for small group (maximum 5 gondolas) and no one waits on the line because, our group always skip the line. The small dimension of the group allows all the participants to listen properly the Italian singers who play for them and enjoying the whole ride as he/she excepted.
The Result? Just check the reviews to see how much happy the clients are ????

 

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PERSONALIZE YOUR VENICE ITINERARY: THE SELF GUIDED TOUR              

Between 2017 and 2018 we decided to develop a new kind of tours: the self-guided ones, because we saw, after many researches, that people, especially the youngsters were fed up about the guided visits at fixed time, they looked for an alternative way to visit the city at own pace.
On these tours the client has our mobile app with inside the audio guide in 9 different languages that narrates (written and audio) the highlights along the route.

We have more than 200 points of interest described: from the Grand Canal and Piazza San Marco until Venice islands.

On this way, the participants can put on own earphones and start to visit the city.

We have combined the audio guide with waterbus ticket to create a sort of Hop on Hop Off or to give the possibility to discover the whole Canal Grande.

The last creation was the fascinating Unmissable Tour: ticket and audio guide of Doge’s Palace and Basilica:

We provide skip the line tickets for St. Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace and, in addition also the mobile app for both monuments (description of interior and exterior of them) and of Piazza San Marco. So, the tourists can visit symbols of Piazza San Marco at their own pace and without rush.

 

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Secret itinerary of prisons of Piazza San Marco - Skip the line

Discover the 16th prisons of the Venetian Republic, one of the earliest jails in Europe, created in 1500 and linked to the Doge’s Palace through the famous Bridge of Sighs. Nowadays the Palace, that overlooks the stunning Riva Degli Schiavoni, is home of an important Venetian cultural institution.   An amazing itinerary in which you will be accompanied through places never visited until now: enter in the in the imposing courtroom and in the dark cells, you will discover the lifestyle of the prisoners, what they ate, drank and where they slept. See the authentic graffiti left by the inmates and listen about the exciting Casanova’s jailbreak: he managed to escape from the maximum-security jail known as “Piombi”!   The route arrives until today and the many cultural activities that take place in. Listen to the myths and legends that still live inside these cold cells and halls. Along the route you’ll enjoy the explanation of the powerful “Council of The Ten”, composed by the highest Venice Politicians that oversaw the justice in all Venetian domains.   Since the birth of the Republic, Venice has been always careful to the administration of justice, of which used to do proudly with own judicial system. composed by courts, lawyers and magistrates. One of the main points was the operating police used to resolve fights and punish the perpetrators of crimes. Meeting point: Palazzo Delle Prigioni, beside the Doge’s Palace. Few steps from St.Mark's Square Ending point: same place Availability & operation: until 31st October 2022. The tour does not operate on 25th December and 1st January Departure and meeting: From 20th June 2020: Friday - Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Inclusion: Live commentary – Entrance skip the line to the Prison Palace and its secret itinerary Duration: 1 hour Languages: English, French and Italian (the tour could be multilingual) Gross price public rate: Adult € 15 per person – Free under 6 years old Sale & Reservation: Free sale until the beginning of the tour. No minimum participants - Maximum 15 persons. Cancellation: bookings can be cancelled with no charge up to 24 hours before the service. The tour can be cancelled in case of exceptional high tide, in this case the tour can be rescheduled the day after otherwise the client will be refunded. Voucher: You should have the paper or mobile voucher where is written “service provided by Venice Tours Srl”. Commission: refer to contract Confirmation: Please ask clients to NOT to reconfirm Unfortunately, this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. Comfortable shoes suggested. For general conditions refer to our brochure "Discover Venice". In Piazza San Marco, with the Doge’s Palace in front of you and the S.Mark’s Basin at your back, go on the right, cross the Bridge (from where you see the Bridge of Sighs) and then look on the left, you will see the entrance of the Palazzo delle Prigioni. REF.CODE: VTPRISON

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Murano Venice & glassblowing tour

Discover the island of Murano, renowned worldwide for its ancient glassblowing art. Take the panoramic boat from Piazza San Marco and reach Murano island to learn the endless history of glassblowing art. You’ll enter in one of the oldest glass Murano factory to see a local artisan makes superb glass artworks in front of your eyes! Throughout the 30-minutes exhibition you will listen to the history and techniques of the art of glassblowing. You can also visit the precious gallery rich of artworks and Murano glass vases made by popular local artists. At the end of the demonstration you have 1 hour free to enjoy the Murano Island with the audio guide that will narrate tales and histories of the Venice island. At the meeting point the staff will provide you a map of Murano with the main points of interest. From the glass factory you will take the boat to come back to Piazza San Marco. During the ride you can admire the spectacular view of the Lagoon and the San Marco’s Basin with Doge’s Palace overlooks the square. Meeting point: Palazzo Delle Prigioni, beside the Doge’s Palace in Piazza San Marco - Calle Seconda de la Fava, 4209, 30122. Please, wait for the assitance under the arches. He/she will have a sign. Ending point: same place Availability & operation: until 31st October 2022. Tour does not take on 25th December – 1st January. Departure and meeting: at 10:00 AM. From 6th December to 13th February on Saturday and Sunday. From 14th February until 25th February every day. From 1st March to 31th March: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. From 1st April to 31th October: every day. Inclusion: Round-trip transfer from Piazza San Marco to Murano Island - Glass factory visit including a live glassblowing demonstration -  1-hour free time in Murano - Audio guide and map for discovering Murano - Earphones Duration: 2 hours Languages: English, French, Spanish and Italian Gross price public rate: Adult € 25 per person – Free under 6 years old Sale & Reservation: Free sale until 24 hours before the beginning of the tour. No minimum participants Cancellation: bookings can be cancelled with no charge up to 24 hours before the service. The tour can be cancelled in case of exceptional high tide, in this case the tour can be rescheduled the day after otherwise the client will be refunded. Voucher: You should have the voucher where is written “service provided by Venice Tours Srl”. Commission: refer to contract Confirmation: Please ask clients to NOT to reconfirm In Piazza San Marco, with the Doge’s Palace in front of you and the S.Mark’s Basin at your back, go on the right, cross the Bridge (from where you see the Bridge of Sighs) and then look on the left, you will see the entrance of the Palazzo delle Prigioni.  

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