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Tours in Venice

Tours in Venice

If you want some expert guidance around Venice, you may opt for private tours or large group tours. Any may include a boat tour as a portion of a longer walking tour. For private tours, make sure to choose an authorized guide.

A Guide in Venice. This popular company offers a wide variety of innovative, entertaining, and informative themed tours for groups of up to 10 people. Tours generally last two to three hours. 3477876846 Sabrina Scaglianti. www.aguideinvenice.com.

Cooperativa Guide Turistiche Autorizzate. The Cooperativa Guide Turistiche Autorizzate has a list of more than 100 licensed guides. Half-day tours with an English-speaking guide start at €115 for up to 30 people. Agree on a total price before you begin, as there can be additional administrative and pickup fees. Guides are of variable quality. San Marco 750, near San Zulian, Venice, 30124. 041/5209038. www.guidevenezia.it.

Secret Gardens of Venice. A vine creeping over a wall is often the only hint a visitor gets that this city of stone and water conceals some magnificent gardens. Secret Garden tours led by companies like Aquaforte reveal the gardens hidden behind palazzos and within the confines of convents; they are not only luxuriant oases but also full of rich ornamentation and, as your guide explains, have long and colorful histories. Tours start at $30.99. www.getyourguide.com/venice-l35/secret-gardens-of-venice-walking-tour-t33033.

Venice Art Tours. Half-day guided tours center around the major artistic monuments of the city, but also include residential areas that the casual visitor would probably miss on his own. The tour guide is knowledgeable and willing to adjust his itinerary to suit clients' specific artistic interests. 041/713793 or 348/2699901. www.venice-art-tours.com.

Walks Inside Venice. For a host of particularly creative group and private tours, from historic to artistic to gastronomic, opt for one run by Walks Inside Venice. Tours are for groups up to six people and guides include people with advanced university degrees and published authors. 041/5241706 Roberta; 041/5202434 Cristina. www.walksinsidevenice.com.

Venice Tourism Office. Visit any Venice tourism office to book walking tours of the San Marco area (no Sunday tour in winter). There's also an afternoon walking tour that ends with a gondola ride, and a daily serenaded gondola ride. Check the main branch of the city's tourist office or their website for additional scheduled offerings, meeting places, prices, and times. San Marco 2637, 30124. 041/5298711. www.turismovenezia.it.

Walks of Italy. The Walks of Italy company offers a selection of Venice tours, covering the city by foot and by boat, and the guides are almost unfailingly knowledgeable and friendly. Tours start at 49 euros. www.walksofitaly.com.

Updated: 2014-04-10

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