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Private Venice Walking tour, St Mark’s Basilica and Hidden Venice

Focusing on the highlights of Venice, this tour features St Mark's square , St Mark's basilica, Doge's palace ( exterior) and many areas of the so called secret Venice . Perfect introduction to the city of Venice

Highlights & Includes
  • Reservations to avoid long lines for the Basilica
  • Expert Venice Tour guides
  • Skip the line tickets to St. Mark's Basilica
 Tour Overview

On our Private Highlights of Venice Walking Tours visit St. Mark's square and learn the history that lies behind the walls of its most famous landmarks; the St. Mark's Basilica and its Byzantine Heritage, the Doge's Palace and its adjoining prisons, that retain the true secrets to comprehend how a city built on swamps became one of the most enlightened cities in the western world. Ideal city sightseeing tours for the first-time visitor.

Then, leave the square and crowds behind to enjoy a sightseeing tour of the real Venice, enter a labyrinth of narrow passageways and alleys where an enchanting city of meandering canals punctuated by delicate bridges awaits you. Explore the lively Campo Santa Maria Formosa with its outstanding Gothic Palaces and at the Scuola di San Marco learn about the famous trade schools of Venice that provided the foundations of the great mercantile empire.

And, through the sights and historical narrations learn how illustrious Venetians, the likes of Marco Polo, and more common citizens made this city of stone a vibrant and magical place. See Marco Polo's House and enjoy tales of this legendary globe-trotting Venetian.

Admire the Church of San Giovanni & Paolo "the Pantheon of Venice", enter an old merchant's warehouse and see the most beautiful well-head in Venice. And emerge from the labyrinth of the Hidden Venice to discover the Rialto Bridge waiting for you!

And, of course, discover how Venice is today and how it is to live in the most unique city in the World, though not the most practical.

Our Private Highlights of Venice Walking Tours finish at the Rialto Bridge.

IMPORTANT: Beginning Friday 6 August 2021 and until further notice, access to the archaeological sites, museums and similar tourist venues, bars, restaurants etc will be permitted only to those in possession of a Green COVID-19 Certification (Green Pass or equivalent certificate like the CDC vaccine card). Please remember to also bring your ID or passport to confirm your identity.


 Meeting Point

Your Private Original Venice Walking Tour can start from your hotel (if centrally located) or St. Mark's Square

 Other Information
  • At times St Mark’s basilica is closed due to high water or religious ceremonies. During high water the tour will take place, but it might happen we have to partly adapt the tour to the weather conditions. On those occasions when St Mark’s Basilica is open with high water, skip the line tickets will not be accepted as all visitors have only 1 door open to get in the church.
  • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance to St Mark's Basilica are available only from April to October (St Mark’s Basilica does not offer a fast entry service to anyone in other periods, considered off peak season).
  • Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter St Marks basilica. Large bags are not allowed inside the basilica.
  • This tour is of a historical area and is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. However, please contact us directly and we will be able to take you on alternative routes suitable for you.
  • Please wear comfortable footwear as this tour involves a lot of walking.
  • Beginning Friday 6 August 2021 and until further notice, access to the archaeological sites, museums and similar tourist venues, bars, restaurants etc will be permitted only to those in possession of a Green COVID-19 Certification (Green Pass or equivalent certificate like the CDC vaccine card). Please remember to also bring your ID or passport to confirm your identity.

We take pride in offering clients unrivaled experiences when visiting Italy. Since the beginning we have pledged to provide high-quality, affordable, full-fledged tour services which made our company one of the top competitors in the Italian tourism industry.

For 20 years we have enjoyed a close rapport with our clients to develop the highest standard of private tours in Italy. By understanding the wants and needs of the people who travel with us, we have learned what a genuine Italian tour should be.


In 2002, Avventure Bellissime became the very first Italian tour company to offer guided boat tours of the Grand Canal and a comprehensive selection of walking tours in the popular tourist mecca of Venice.

Incredible, but true!

It didn’t take long for Avventure Bellissime to be recognized in the travel industry, as founders Monica and Jonathan developed a definitive travel niche: quality tours of Venice at the most affordable prices.

Over the next few years, Monica and Jonathan built an impressive group of collaborators in Venice, before extending the service throughout Italy: local expert guides, local expert drivers and professional transfer services with fully licensed vehicles. Our professional team offers top-notch private tours of Italy, providing tourists with a unique insider's view of the Italian cities that we call home.


In 2004, Avventure Bellissime expanded their Italian network offering regular small-group tours in Rome and Florence, and private tours throughout Italy from Milan to Naples.

As the company's business continued to expand at a phenomenal rate, the two founders decided to invest in technology to manage the increased demand for their services. In doing this they have created the infrastructure through which they could continue to grow without giving up the core values and philosophy of Avventure Bellissime.

Our company has continued to develop through the loyalty of our clients, the pool of companies around the world selling our Italian tours who give valuable input, and support provided by their numerous collaborators participating in this beautiful adventure.


In 2007 over 60,000 individual travelers experienced tour services from Avventure Bellissime.

The next step in the development of our new services was a comprehensive offering of vacation packages in Italy. We combine a vast selection of services in our packages, to include the finest-quality private tours of Italy, transfers and prestigious hotels.

We ensure that all of our services are in line with our existing high standards, from day tour to fully custom vacation package.


Since 2008, Tours Italy has continuously expanded its travel deals, first conceiving then turning into a reality the many different and exciting ways to discover and explore Italy's beauty first-hand, whether embarking on a tour which is a few hours long or a few days long.

Avventure Bellissime is much more than just a tour operator. When you reach out to us to organise your dream trip, you are choosing an unforgettable and unique experience, because we tailor our packages to the needs of each and every traveller. Avventure Bellissime really is a boutique tour operator which works closely with its clients to create their perfect holiday, allowing them to have an adventure which can make all their dreams come true and meet all their expectations.

In order to achieve this, or in other words, in other to give clients a truly high-quality product, we rely on the expertise and consultancy of a tight network of experts who, thanks to their varied competences, allow us to enrich a range of packages even more and provide travellers with insider knowledge of what it's like to live in each of the places visited.  Our number of collaborators and professionals is always increasing and, from the gentle hills of the Langhe in the North to the sunny beaches in Sicily in the South, they make it possible to create customised holiday experiences designed around the needs, desires and interests of each client, encompassing many different important aspects of a trip, from art to food and wine, sports to R&R.

Our passion for our work is what motivates us to put client satisfaction and fulfilment at the heart of our business model.  This is why we pay a great deal of attention to our clients' needs. Just like a dress tailor-made for whoever is going to wear it, our travel packages are personalised based on the style and personality of whoever is embarking on them. This is why we like to think of ourselves as artisans, capable of giving  travellers an experience which is unique to them, and is designed with them. Like one big family, we collaborate with our clients in the creation of a travel project which enables them to have an unforgettable experience.


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