When the sun falls, Venice becomes a city filled with mystery... Discover its secrets with this free walking tour!
Carnivals and Secrets: Venice Free Tour
This alternative free tour of Venice begins at the main entrance to the Church of San Simeone Piccolo, in the centre of the Santa Croce neighbourhood.
The tour takes in the other side of Venice, leaving behind the major tourist areas like St. Mark's Square. This is a city filled with hidden gems, away from the throngs of cruise passengers and more who daily fill the “Serenísima”.
On this free walking tour of Venice's legends, we'll discover some of the stories only the locals know. On the banks of the Gran Canal we'll learn about the devastating Black Death, a terrible illness which decimated the city in the 14th century.
Then the tour continues around the San Paolo neighbourhood, where we'll see the details of the Campo San Paolo - the nerve centre of the area. It's here that we'll recommend some of the best bars in the area to enjoy a spritz, one of Venice's typical indulgences!
And the tour will also pass by a traditional Venetian squero - a gondola workshop to you and I! And the free tour comes to an end next to the Galleria dell'Accademia, in the Dorsoduro neighbourhood to the south of the Gran Canal. Here you'll be able to see the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, itself home to many a legend...
This free tour does not admit bookings for more than 6 people. If your group is larger than this, you should reserve the private tour of Venice.
Free tours do not have a fixed price, rather each person offers the guide the amount they consider appropriate, depending on their level of satisfaction.
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It is mandatory to present a complete vaccination certificate. This information is for guidance only and may change depending on local regulations. Always check the restrictions before travelling.
You'll need to present your certificate of complete vaccination and a negative PCR test. This information is for guidance only and may change depending on local regulations. Always check the restrictions before travelling.
It is compulsory to display a complete Covid vaccination certificate or a negative PCR or antigen test. This information is for guidance only and may change depending on local regulations. Always check the restrictions before travelling.
Tours or activities will not consist of more than 25 people per group.
A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.
The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.
Handing out of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
Alcoholic drinks are not available.
2 hours - 2 hours 30 minutes.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and other languages.
English speaking guide
When to book?
You can book up until 24 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Type of voucher
Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.
Wheelchair accessible. This must be indicated in the reservation.
All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.
No printing of documentation required.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?
A - This activity requires a minimum of 4 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
If you have any other questions please contact us.
If you are not able to attend the tour, please cancel your reservation, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Church of San Simeone Piccolo.