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"Private Tour: San Polo Walking Tour - Merchants
"Private Tour: San Polo Walking Tour - Merchants Courtesans and Painters""In a city where west met the east exotic items like silk and oriental spices were traded along with copper and wood. Many of the courtesans lived in sumptuous apartments and were accomplished musicians and brilliant conversationalists. They were even secretly used as spies for the state.The second part of this tour allows you to admire the Gothic Frari church which dwarfs the eastern section of San Polo. Built by Franciscans in around 1250 it is one of the city's largest places of worship. You will admire its striking interior
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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride
"See the very best Venice has to offers in one day private walking tour. Explore historic sites including an extended visit to St Mark’s Basilica with our very knowledgeable English-speaking guide. No queuing and VIP treatment all the way with this exclusive package. You will be immersed in Venetian culture as you meander through Venice perhaps Venice’s most famous landmark. Here you can admire the magnificence of the Doge’s Palace and with 'skip-the-line' tickets you will soon be inside discovering the beautiful ceilings with frescoes by Tintoretto and walls adorned with paintings by V Venice’s famous lover and writer was imprisoned in one of the palace attics before managing to escape? Next is the highlight of the tour; the spectacular Basilica San Marco. The guide will point out how eastern architecture and western design have come together to create the Basi some made in the city and others plundered during the crusades. Of particular interest are the 11th century mosaics some of the few treasures that have survived the Basilica’s floods and fires over the centuries. This carefully designed guided tour includes many other famous sites includingCampo San Giovanni e Paolo
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Venice Like a Local: Private Walking Tour
"A secret walking tour that will allow you to know the best preserved and authentic face of the city: narrow streets and canals beautiful squares and churches.Discover the areas of the city less frequented by the bustle of tourists and experience the authentic Venice following routes more peculiar than the classic tourist tours. There are numerous examples of places that bridges and facades.The tour departs from the top middle section of Rialto Bridge and explore the secret spots of Rialto and San Polo area. The route can be customised according to your personal wishes."""Discover the authenticity of Venice and visit those hidden pathways and secret spots like a local. Explore the city's streets during this 2-hours walking tour with the help of knowledgeable local guide.title=Highlights&1=%3Cp%3E2-hour+private+walking+tour+of+Venice%3C%2Fp%3E&2=%3Cp%3ESee+the+hidden+side+of+Venice+only+locals+know%3C%2Fp%3E&3=%3Cp%3EGet+away+from+the+crowds+to+see+authentic+Venice%3C%2Fp%3E&4=%3Cp%3EChoose+a+morning+or+afternoon+tour%3C%""
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Travel on Foot

Walking. This is probably one of the most underrated ways of getting around Venice. It happened one day that the vaporetto workers went on strike for about two hours. We had made it to the Academia in the morning and were planning on heading up to Rialto Bridge. So instead, we went walking and wandering all over Venice. The different neighborhoods and churches are really neat. You can run into some very neat little piazzalles like this. Although the addresses and such in Venice are confusing at first, if you just start wandering around, you will find that it is difficult to get lost...after all you are on an island!!!

My advice, wear some comfortable shoes and TRY to get lost in Venice!!

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Oct 20, 2004

By foot

The best way to see Venice is to walk, also because there aren't many types of transportation, just boats. Vaporetto's are slow and expensive and it's much better to walk around this small and beautiful city.

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Feb 05, 2004

Getting around Venice

To be honest the best way to get around Venice is by foot, you will probably get lost in the maze of narrow little streets but you can't get too lost as the city is so small. Probably the most enjoyable way though (and the only way to visit some of the islands in the lagoon) is to use the water-bus (vaporetto) network.

Most of the stops are along the Grand Canal, and it is worth taking a vaporetto for the length of the canal just for the views. Stops are labelled in black text on yellow, see the picture of the stop at the railway station (Ferrovia). You can buy tickets at most of them but it is better value to buy a multiple day ticket for the length of time you intend to be here. Tickets should be validated before or on boarding the boat, multi-day tickets need to be validated on first use.

Oct 19, 2003

Walking is the way to see Venice!!!

I used to walk all over Venice (well almost!!!) where there is no water!!! And enjoyed it very much!!! The best way to see Venice!!! Take a map in hand and good walking shoes!!! Not advisable when the tide is high and water is on the streets!!! HAHAHA!!!

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Nov 26, 2003
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Walking: The best -- in fact,...

Walking: The best -- in fact, the only -- way of exploring Venice's nooks and crannies is on foot. Bring comfortable shoes, and if you do visit in the summer, don't be surprised to encounter one-way foot traffic on some of the busier streets. Walking is also a challenge during Venice's periodic floods (acqua alta); your hotel should be able to provide waterproof rubber boots, and the city installs raised boardwalks over many flooded streets in an attempt to keep pedestrians' feet dry. San Marco, being the lowest part of the city, is also the wettest; Dorsoduro is (relatively) higher and drier.

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Aug 25, 2002

I walked everywhere in...

I walked everywhere in Venice...I found that's the best way to really get to know a city. I took the vaporetto (water bus) once when I was hauling my backpack to my hostel. The water buses are easy to use...ticket stands are in front of all the stops.

Venice is a bit maze-like. But if you know the location of a few of the major attractions (Piazza di San Marco, Ponte Rialto, Accademia, and Rail Station) you will almost always see a sign pointing the way to one of those places, and then can determine where you are.

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Aug 25, 2002

Walking in Venice

having 117 small islands separated by numerous canals and linked hundreds of bridges, walking is the way to go in Venice as the City is a veritable mish mash of sights, sounds, architecture and culture. Off course you must be physically fit to be able to walk to the various Venetian Attractions as the pathways are a mish mash of cobbled streets with irregular shapes and sizes and literally hordes of people walking in different directions creating a human traffic jam in famous attractions such as Piazza San Marco, Rialto, Campanile etc. you can either use various city maps to walk around venice or via the many signs prominently posted along the streets pointing you to the different attractions or via downloaded maps from various websites to your tablet or smarphone which you use while walking around the beautiful city.

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Mar 21, 2016

Just Wander Around!

If you are fit and able, and don't tire too easily, then just walk! It's a small island, so iot's entirely feasible to get from one tourist spot to the next. And it's in this way that you will discover the hidden canals and piazzas! When I was there I didn't use public transport once, as our hotel was close to the train station.

Venice is so gorgeous, I definitely recommend leisurely strolls. It's also more romantic (I went to Venice with a friend though so there was no romance there.)

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Travelling around

Best way by far to see Venice is to find yourself a map and walk - St Mark's to the Rialto Bridge is at most a 30 minute walk and you get to know the place so much better on foot - immerse yourself in the city and have fun getting lost - it isn't a huge place so you'll always be able to find your wa back, plus if you do get too lost you can always ask one of the lovely locals!

Jan 06, 2005

WALKING is the best way way to see Venice

Other than the regular vaporetto, walking is the best way to see Venice.. Get lost in their small streets but do not worry - look above and find San Marco, their landmark, and you will find your way back....

Find secret restaurants, bakeries, clothing stores, and hotels...

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May 26, 2005


As everyone who has been to Venice rightly says, the best way to explore Venice is on foot. And man... you are going to do some walking!!!!

But it's worthy! You will see so many canals and buildings and marvellous windows to last you a lifetime.

Start anywhere and let yourself get lost in the small 'calles', turn left when you're sure it should be right - that's more fun. And don't worry you won't get lost.

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Sep 01, 2004

Use your feet!

Venice is best explored on foot. If you didn't get lost in one of its little alleys, than you didn't visit Venice! :-) Distances are rather small. And what's even more, if you visit the less touristic areas (like Castello) you actually have the feeling of having Venice all for yourself!
And if you get lost, don't worry, there are enough signs for San Marco or Rialto to get you back on track.

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Sep 01, 2004

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San Polo District - Sestiere San Polo

The church of San Giulian, commonly called San Zulian in Venetian dialect, is situated on the Merceria, the main shopping street of Venice. Originally it is structure from the 9th century but...
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Ca' Pesaro

This is one of the many museums in Venice. Ca'Pesaro is the International Gallery of Modern Art and Oriental Art Museum in Venice (although I was not so much intrigued by their oriental collection...
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Canal Grande

this will be my pictures foe the night view of the grand canal The Grand Canal is the main artery of Venice that splits the city rougly into two halves and of which 4 bridges cross the grand canal at...
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Campo Santa Margherita

Piazzas are the happening centers here and there throughout the city. Some have less activity than others. This one was quite busy. I think because it was near the schools for the kids. We noticed...
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Palazzo Grassi

The "Punta della Dogana" building has now been restored by the French billionaire François Pinault. A new museum opened on June 6, 2009 as new centre of contemporary art displaying artists from the...
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Ca' Rezzonico

The baroque palazzo Ca' Rezzonico at the Canale Grande - with its striking facade of white marble - is one of the finest examples of Venice city palaces now open to the public. It was built in the...
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