Kickstart tour: The heart and soul of Venice, secret spots and Rialto with a local guide

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on July 08, 2017

Hi! Welcome to my Free Walk in Venice :) Something about me? - licensed tour guide and art historian - great passion for my Venice - hall of fame Tripadvisor for winning the certificate of excellence with Free Walk in Venice I am an OFFICIAL tour guide, art historian and great lover of Venice. Join me for an engaging and funny tour and discover the hidden gems of Venice as only local do. - only small groups- IMPORTANT: if you don’t see availability contact me Bookings are mandatory for organizational reasons and for applying safety measures By choosing Free Walk in Venice tours you support an indipendent local company

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Welcome to my Venice. Are you ready to fall in love with my city ? Follow me to discover the real Venice. I am a  licensed local tour guide in love with my city! 

This is the perfect kickstart tour to  have an introduction  and discover the authentic Venice, the best mix of highlights like the secrets of the Rialto bridge and market, the place where Venice was founded and the authentic Venice off the beaten path that Venetians love ❤️

Get ready to discover the secrets of my city and get all info you need to be ready to discover Venice by yourself !

This tour is the perfect intro to the floating city!

➡️ Starting from the biggest campo in Venice, Campo San Polo I will  show you the heart and soul of Venice.
Experience what makes Rialto area so special and explore the back-streets behind. Venturing off the typical tourist path, exploring the symbols and secrets that only Venetian people know and receive  valuable insider tips from a local art historian and official tour guide on how to get around and what to do during the rest of your trip

➡️ What will be speak about ?

We will discuss about the glorious Serenissima Republic how it was called and we will discover the reason of its decline.

Did you know Venice was queen of the seas, dominated all the seas of the known world? We’ll go back to the days when Venice was an international Republic and Rialto bridge was an economic center like.. Wall Street today!

You will admire the splendour of the still wonderful Venice! Venice is the most romantic and unique city on the water of the world. I wanna show you the real soul of it, helping to discover the essence and not just the touristic places.
We will walk where Venitians still live

➡️ What we are going to visit together during this tour (itinerary can change according to the period, weather but same passion!):

- Campo San Polo, the biggest campo in Venice and the history of Carnival and “bull fights” in Venice 
- one of the narrowest calli (street) of Venice 
- Carampane, the former red light district of Venice 
- the colourful and historical Rialto market (when open, close on Monday and Sunday)
 - the place where Venice was founded according to the legend.
-  See must-see sights like the magnificent Rialto  bridge and the beautiful Grand Canal

- and many other secret spots
- the tour will cover almost entirely the San Polo district

➡️ Why you should book my tour?
See must-see sights like Rialto bridge and the beautiful Grand Canal and many hidden spots off the beaten path
- enjoy a tour run by a great lover of Venice, local art historian and official tour guide 
- receive valuable insider tips on how to get around and what to do during the rest of your trip

- enjoy an interactive tour 
- you will get a special map 

Join me for this Free Walk in Venice, incredible places and stories are waiting you.

I will explain you the secrets of Venice through these emblematic and historical places, how it was founded, curiosities, and many other things If you want to know everything about this fantastic city, you can’t miss one of my Free Walk in Venice!

We won’t go to San Marco, I have other specific tour for all its secrets:


Booking is mandatory for organizational reasons and for applying safety measures

DURATION Duration: about 2 hours

 What are you waiting for? Venice wont' be anymore a mystery, wear your best smile and join the original free tour FREE WALK IN VENICE!

I am so proud to have created FREE WALK IN VENICE (visit my Tripadvisor page to check the quality of my tours ) a small independent reality and doing what I love in a city that I adore is for me the destination of the pursuit of happiness. 
I love to share the secrets of Venice with curious travellers. 

❗️Ps: keep in mind that at the end of the tour I will ask you personal details for completing an invoice. 
About ethical and sustainable tourism: let's remember  that traveling in a sustainable and responsible way also means supporting the economy of the local places. By buying locally produced souvenirs, choosing small restaurants and relying on local official tourist guides, who regularly pay taxes.

Thank you for your collaboration! 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Campo San Polo, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
    Campo San Polo, 30125 Venezia VE, Italy
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    Next to the fountain in front of the church - if you don’t see availability for the selected date please contact me !

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Campo San Polo
  • 2
    Outside visit
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Rialto market
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Campo San Giacomo di Rialto
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Rialto bridge
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Rialto bridge
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Fondaco dei Tedeschi
  • 8
    Outside visit
    St. Bartholomew

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Monika 13 Apr 2024

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Travelled in family - Apr 2024
It was a fantastic experience! Lucia is very knowledgeable and fun. Apart from informations we expected, she provided us with lots of tips and advice you would not necessary find in the guide books. We also got lots of tips for places to eat etc. Our 11 year old daughter enjoyed the experience a lot. Highly recommend Lucia as your Guru 😊
Ruksan 03 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Lucia was great at explaining the complex history of Venice, she was fun and engaging. She took us off the beaten track and showed us the real Venice. She gave great recommendations for restaurants to help avoid the tourist traps. Highly recommend, she made us fall in love with Venice.
Sharyn 13 Mar 2024

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Travelled in group - Mar 2024
Lucia is a delightful guide! She is passionate about her City and shares so much of her knowledge throughout the tour. Our family loved experiencing Venice through her eyes! Just a wonderful tour!!!!!
Jacob 12 Mar 2024

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Travelled alone - Mar 2024
Cannot recommend this tour enough, it was by far the best and most detailed tour I have been on
Anastasia 23 Dec 2023

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Travelled in couple - Dec 2023
Great tour! Lucia was super fun and answered all questions. The tour was very informative and it was interesting to learn about some areas of Venice we wouldn’t have learnt on our own.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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