Posted: 10/26/2023 | October 26th, 2023
And, while the city struggles with large crowds in the summer, it’s definitely still worth visiting as there is a ton to see and do here (plus lots of amazing things to eat).
Given its popularity, it’s not surprising there’s lots of walking / canal tour companies that aim to show you the best the city has to offer. From visiting historical sights to feasting on local eats, these tours can introduce you to the city and ensure you see all the stunning highlights that have put it on the map.
Best Overall Tour
I’ve taken Walks tours all over Europe and it is, by far, my favorite tour company. They always manage to go above and beyond, with tours that are both fun and educational. In Venice, they run a handful of tours. The most popular one for first-time visitors is their Venice in a Day tour.
If you want to do a deeper dive, they also have their exclusive Alone in St. Mark’s & Doge’s Palace tour, which provides after-hours access to two of the city’s biggest sights.
Best Free Tour
Venice Free Walking Tour
If you’re on a budget, this is the best free tour company in Venice. They run a daily Venice Through the Centuries tour that lasts 2.5 hours and is a good introduction to the city. They also run a few other tours throughout the week, such as their Legends and Curiosities tour and their Stunning Views tour. Booking in advance is required. And remember to tip your guide at the end!
Here are a few more walking tour options to help you make the most of your time in Venice:
Italy is a foodie’s dream and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t take a food tour in Venice. Devour is my go-to company when it comes to food tours because they visit locally-owned spots and have expert local guides that are super knowledgeable. On their Tastes & Traditions food tour, you’ll visit seven spots and eat some of the best fresh seafood in the city while learning about the region’s culinary past. They also run a Venice at Sunset food and wine tour that focuses on cicchetti (Venetian tapas) and wine in one of the city’s coolest neighborhoods.
Tours from 89 EUR.