On a private tour of Venice, sailing the velvety Venetian canals by Gondola is the obvious and 'must' thing to do in this fantastic city.
Located on the northeastern coast of Italy, Venice is one of the top cities in Italy chosen by those seeking to experience all the beauty and history of Italy.
Imagine going on a romantic gondola ride through the winding canals of this unique city. Or walking through the catacombs of mysterious alleyways discovering the secrets of the city.
Venice has 118 islands of land that are connected by over 400 footbridges over the city’s 150 canals, a magical sight.
To find a non-tourist area, in a place like Venice may seem like a mission impossible since it is invaded daily by tourists who visit appreciating the charm and character found here. However, if you look hard enough, there are great places that the residents go to, probably to get a little break from tourists! It is here you get to enjoy food and laughter with the very friendly locals. Read More...
A Private Tour of Grand Canal by Gondola, or Take Sightseeing Tours to See Fabulous Famous Buildings Such as St. Mark's Basilica or Doge's Palace
While most of the visitors concentrate on classic things to do such as Piazza San Marco and its Basilica, Doge's Palace, the Rialto Bridge, there are other extraordinary places.
On a sightseeing tour visit places such as the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Scuola Grande di San Rocco or the Chiesa Dei Frari where you discover magnificent works and fine buildings, that tell the true story of Venice. You can take custom designed private Venice Tours to enjoy attractions in this great city.
Regarded as the most romantic city in the world, it is not surprising when you are here, with fantastic restaurants for candlelit dinners and then ending the night on a Gondola sailing under the bright stars and glowing moon.
Top 10 Things to Do in Venice
Piazza San Marco
Before the construction of the Basilica, this was a large vegetable garden. Piazza San Marco is the only open space in Venice with the privilege of being called "square", other areas like this are called "fields". During the Venetian Republic, there were exhibitions, tournaments, hunts for bulls, today; it is surrounded by bars, where you can sit and watch tourists on guided tour from all over the world in awe of such beauty.
Take a sightseeing tour of The Palazzo Ducale. It was home to the Doges in the history of the Republic of Venice and it was where Napoleon Bonaparte made it the centre of his administration after he successfully conquered the city in 1797. The historical importance of the Ducal Palace was clearly demonstrated by the huge amount money paid by the newborn Italian State for the total renovation of the building.
Venice's Grand Canal
The Grand Canal runs through central Venice for over four kilometres by dividing into two parts. If you want to look and admire the city from a different point of view, take a custom private Venice tour of the Grand Canal. As the boat moves slowly towards Piazza San Marco, passing beautiful historic buildings and going under creative bridges, you can understand why Venice has always been one of the most favourite cities in the world.
Saint Mark’s Basilica
Take a guided tour to see St. Mark’s Basilica which is the most famous of Venice’s churches. It is a fine example of Byzantine architecture and situated off the Grand Canal and overlooks Piazza San Marco. See the oldest exterior mosaic in the world, whose subject is ‘ The Translation of the Body of St. Mark’ or the free-standing columns finely carved in Byzantine style and many other magnificent treasures. It is a great place to visit.
While on a city tour, stroll over Rialto Bridge which is the most famous and oldest of all bridges in Venice. It spans across the Grand Canal and was originally a simple bridge of boats, then a wooden bridge before becoming the stone arch bridge that took three years to contract and finally finished in 1591, There are still shops on either side at the beginning to the ramps. It is one the most visited tourist attractions in Venice.
The Gallerie dell'Accademia
The Gallerie dell'Accademia houses the richest collection of Venetian paintings, from the fourteenth century Byzantine and Gothic to Renaissance artists. There is a collection of Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Veronese, Tintoretto and Titian and also the great eighteenth-century landscape painters such as Canaletto, Bellotto, Guardi, Longhi and so much more. Visitors can explore the vast collection on a private Venice tour.
Bridge of Sighs
Another impressive bridge in the city of Venice that is very popular with tourists. Its curved structure is suspended over the Rio di Palazzo and a notorious trademark in the city. It is a symbol of romance with many couples taking a private tour by gondola down the narrow canal looking up at this beautiful covered bridge. The emblem on the bridge shows it was built between the 16th and 17th century.
While Venice is known for being a city of canals and fine architecture, there is another sightseeing tour to take which is to the Venetian Lagoon. This Lagoon surrounds Venice and is one of the most ecologically rich bodies of water. On a private boat tour do some fishing or on the shore see the Ducks or spoonbills feed off sea creatures such as crabs and mussels to name a few. It is a well worth a visit for some different scenery.
Venice National Archaeological Museum
Take a guided tour of the National Archaeological Museum which was established in 1523 and located on the Piazzo San Marco. It is not surprising that since 1523 it has gathered a number objects with many things being donated by wealthy Venetian families. There are displays of marbles, ceramics, coins and loads more from Neolithic to Roan age. There are rooms that are dedicated to Roman portraits in marble.
Murano, the Glass Island
Take a private tour over to one of the Islands in the Venetian Lagoon, Murano. It is an island that is renowned for glassmaking. There are wonderful glass museums and factories where you are shown how glass is made and allowed to try some glass-blowing. There are many other great sights and landmarks to see, but then there is always time to do some shopping, eat fabulous food or have a drink at the sea front watching the world go by.
Travel Tips for Venice
Best Time To Visit
The best time to visit Venice will all depend on your preferences; If it is a sun-soaked holiday beside the pool or on the beach then anytime during the summer months is for you. If you are more interested in sightseeing or want to do more activities then April, May, September and early October are better-suited weather wise. Those months are also ideal months for going on private tours as they are less crowded and cheaper.
The prices of food, drink and accommodation may vary slightly within Italy, but there are always good places to find that are reasonable. On average you are looking at a B&B for one night for around 22Euro offseason and 40Euro peak season. There are lots of small restaurants the will do great deals for early bird meals. For private tours, the prices again will vary depending on the time of the year you are looking to go on one.
Know Before Visiting
Always do good research on the destination you are travelling to and book any private tour you can before travelling. Keep all valuables in a safe place and only carry enough money to do you for the day. When carrying money be aware of pickpockets, it does not matter what country you are in; they are everywhere. Drink bottled water to be on the safe side and always check that the cap is sealed before opening it. Never walk alone at night in dark streets.
Italy has a typical Mediterranean climate which means that it is cool in the winter with a good bit of rainfall. The northern mountainous areas have snowfalls that can be extreme during January. In Southern Italy however, the temperature rarely drops to freezing in the winter. The summer months are very hot with temperatures rising to 32-degree Celsius or higher. Spring and Autumn's months have lovely warm days and chilly nights.