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San Polo Tours

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San Polo
San Polo is one of the oldest of Venice’s six districts, or sestieri, and home to many of the city’s most popular sites including the Rialto Bridge that connects San Polo to the San Marco side of the Grand Canal and the historic Rialto Market, a fascinating slice of Venetian life. 

The Basics
The San Polo district lies at the heart of Venice, hugging one of the wide bends in the Grand Canal. Guided walking tours of the San Polo area generally include Campo San Polo, the largest public square in Venice after San Marco, and the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto, said to be the city’s oldest church. The neighborhood is also home to the works of Tintoretto in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and in Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (the Frari Church), famous for its works by 16th-century painters Bellini and Titian. Private walking tours can easily be paired with a gondola ride and visits to Venice highlights like Saint Mark's Square.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The area around the Rialto is always busy, but walk a bit away from the Grand Canal and deeper into this charming neighborhood to discover the quieter streets.
  • Be sure to bring your camera, as San Polo is a particularly picturesque area of Venice.
  • San Polo tours are on foot, so wear comfortable shoes and a sun hat.
  • There are a number of excellent local restaurants and cafés serving cicchetti (Venetian tapas) in this district.

How to Get There
Cross the Rialto Bridge from the San Marco side of the Grand Canal to San Polo, or take vaporetto Line 1 to Rialto Mercato.

When to Get There
Venice is one of the most popular destinations in Italy and can be very crowded during the summer months. The best times of year to visit are early spring and late fall, when the city is less crowded but the weather is mild.

Venice's Sestieri
Venice has six districts, or sestieri: Castello, Cannaregio, Dorsoduro, San Marco, Santa Croce, and—the smallest—San Polo.
Address: San Polo, Venice, Italy
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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola RideHalf-day Tours

Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride

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Get exclusive, skip-the-line access to the very best of Venice on a private, 6-hour walking and gondola tour of the city. Learn about Venetian art and culture as you trace a route from Piazza San Marco to the elaborate Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Discover the remarkable architecture and history of the Basilica San Marco, and continue through a series of churches, landmarks and picture-perfect highlights. Finish the day in true Venice style with a private gondola ride through the iconic canals of Venice.
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Private Three Hours Venice Photo Walk : Photography Tours

Private Three Hours Venice Photo Walk :

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Touring a new city can be a very exciting experience, but it can also be quite an adventure if you are unsure of which places to visit and how. Language barrier may also represent a curious obstacle but it can also be frustrating. We offer an innovative and unforgettable Photographic Tours to welcome you in some of the most fascinating and romantic places in the world. We will guide you in an exclusive tour through the most interesting landmarks and monuments. A 3 hours one-to-one photo walk discovering hidden and secluded parts of Venice, without forgetting the famous landmarks, while taking great shots and with a one-to-one tuition to improve your photography skills! The tour is one-to-one so there will be just you, or accompanied by your family/friends. The Tour can be tailor-made based on your interests and expectations, can be more Photography workshop vs Venice less touristy Tour:
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Delicious Venice Street - food tour with a nativeWalking Tours

Delicious Venice Street - food tour with a native

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Discover Venice and its delicious cuisine with our 2.5-hour small group walking tour. You will taste some local foods, and you will see significant landmarks, Explore the picturesque alleyways of the city center and see some of the main sights of the city, including the Campo San Bartolomeo, Campo San Polo, Basilica dei Frari, and more. You will visit Venice from a different point of view, sightseeing and eating! Wear you comfortable shoes and enjoy this tour with our local expert guide!
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San Polo, Rialto & Frari: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour in VenicePrivate and Luxury

San Polo, Rialto & Frari: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour in Venice

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Discover the fascinating history of Venice’s San Polo neighborhood on this private walking tour. Led by a local guide, explore the narrow streets and historic squares that once formed the heart of Venetian commerce. Learn about the daily lives of merchants back when Venice was a medieval maritime superpower, and hear the scintillating stories of the famed courtesans that use to inhabit San Polo. You’ll also visit the extraordinary Frari church to admire paintings by Renaissance masters Titian and Bellini.
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Private Tour: Venice Rialto Market, San Polo and Frari Church Walking TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Venice Rialto Market, San Polo and Frari Church Walking Tour

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Enjoy the personalized attention of a private guide as you discover Venetian history and highlights on this 2-hour walking tour. Wander through the charming backstreets and squares of the San Polo neighborhood, and step inside the spectacular Gothic Frari Church to admire masterpieces by Renaissance painters Titian and Bellini. Explore the city’s commercial heart with a visit to the open-air Rialto market, where Venetians have been buying fresh fish and fruit for centuries.
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Venice Like a Local: Private Walking TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Venice Like a Local: Private Walking Tour

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Find the authenticity of Venice on this 2-hour walking tour with an expert guide. Learn about the areas only locals know about – narrow alleys, charming canals and hidden churches. Explore beyond the usual sights of Venice to experience the city like a local.
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Friendinvenice Let's discover Venice & the history of its courtesans PT Private Sightseeing Tours

Friendinvenice Let's discover Venice & the history of its courtesans PT

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Venice, this wonderful city rising out of the water, was one of the wonders in Europe, and during the 15th and 16th century one the richest in the Mediterranean Sea with a population of approx. 170.00 thousand inhabitants. More than 11.000 were courtesans...In a cosmopolitan and active city like Venice, at the time of the Serenissima the courtesan phenomenon found fertile ground. The Republic was not only the beating heart of a thriving commercial activity, but also a center of passage for merchants , for pilgrims, people on the move, foreigners of all sorts .Many were those who went to the lagoon due to the high number of precious relics. As many as those that arrived in the wake of the oriental routes for the sale of luxury goods. The phenomenon of prostitution flourished in this purely male environment. Like most activities it was not only controlled by the city government but also used as a tool to maintain public order Let’s explore the Venetian courtesan culture
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Awakening VeniceCulinary & Gourmet Tour

Awakening Venice

Designed for early birds, this morning tour allows you to appreciate the beauty and peace of Venice at daybreak. Stroll around a relatively empty St. Mark’s Square before the day’s crowds arrive, and breakfast like a Venetian with three stops for authentic Italian coffee and some of the finest pastries in town.
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Public Tour: Venetian MysteriesCultural Tours

Public Tour: Venetian Mysteries

Discover Venice after dark with an evening walking tour focused on the city’s ghost stories and mysteries. Join a local guide to explore several neighborhoods including Rialto, Cannaregio, and Castello. Hear stories about Venetian legends and history while going off the beaten path. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people.
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Friendinvenice Daily life in Venice in the 500 s -private tourHalf-day Tours

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Venice, where I live, is the most beautiful city in the world: despite being extremely small, it hoards an impressive wealth of Art, Architecture and History, making it a truly unique place. For centuries, this was the capital city of an economic and military empire, ruling over maritime traffic (particularly with the East) and able to cope with formidable “competitors” such as the Ottoman Empire! The tour would show us less touristy areas, focusing more on beautiful architecture, and Venetian culture with interesting tales about Venetian courtesans, government, , and painters; It would be like using a time machine and going back in time
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Private Two Hours Venice Photo Walk Photography Tours

Private Two Hours Venice Photo Walk

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Touring a new city can be a very exciting experience, but it can also be quite an adventure if you are unsure of which places to visit and how. Language barrier may also represent a curious obstacle but it can also be frustrating. We offer an innovative and unforgettable Photographic Tours to welcome you in some of the most fascinating and romantic places in the world. We will guide you in an exclusive tour through the most interesting landmarks and monuments. A 2 hours one-to-one photo walk discovering hidden and secluded parts of Venice, without forgetting the famous landmarks, while taking great shots and with a one-to-one tuition to improve your photography skills! The tour is one-to-one so there will be just you or accompanied by your family/friends. The Tour can be tailor-made based on your interests and expectations, can be more Photography workshop vs Venice less touristy Tour:
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Early Bird Private Morning Tour of Venice Away from the CrowdsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Early Bird Private Morning Tour of Venice Away from the Crowds

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Benvenuti a Venezia! Your local insider can’t wait to welcome you to the floating city. In only 2-hours, you can discover Venice through its beautiful landmarks and stumble upon hidden gems along the way. See the best the city has to offer and receive local advice for the rest of your trip.
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Libertine Venice, a walk in the lesser known cityArchitecture Tours

Libertine Venice, a walk in the lesser known city

Unusual visit to Venice to discover the history of illustrious and scandalous journeys: Veronica Franco, Bianca Cappello, Pietro Aretino, Giacomo Casanova, Lord Byron. The visit to the most secret places of Venice will allow you to discover an intimate and secret Venice, crossing the ancient district of the Venetian courtesans
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Welcome! Venice tour with local guide, small groupCultural Tours

Welcome! Venice tour with local guide, small group

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We'll start our tour from the historical Rialto area, defined by historians "the Wall Street of Europe in the Middle Ages". We'll discover the secrets of the Rialto Market and I'll unveil the venetian point of view about the Rialto bridge and its spectacular view on the Grand Canal. We'll discover why masks and Carnival are so important in Venice and then away from the crowds, we will take a walk to discover the unique layout of the city: bridges, fancy private palaces, narrow alleyways, large and small campi(our squares), elaborate stone well heads. Finally we'll reach the most beautiful square of the world, Piazza San Marco, to see all the famous architectures (the Doges' Palace, Sansovino Library, the Bridge of Sighs, the Bell Tower...). If you are a curious traveller and it's your first time in Venice for sure you'd like to have answers to all these questions: Why was Venice built on water? When was Venice built? Why does St. Mark's Church look so Oriental? Is Venice sinking? I will lead you through the millennium of life of the Serenissima Republic. So, let's discover the past full of charm of this unique city and its intriguing present.
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The ultimate Food tour: Bacaro Hopping like a Venetian Half-day Tours

The ultimate Food tour: Bacaro Hopping like a Venetian

You can’t have a genuine experience in Venice without drinking a Spritz in town! Pleasantly tipsy after having this popular drink, we will start our culinary journey through the city. We will hop from wine bars to family owned shops, and you will choose several mouthwatering ‘cicchetti’ bites, the traditional snacks, paired together with local wine glasses... and you’ll be in Venetian heaven! Drink after drink and hopping from city highlights to hidden gems, your cravings for local food and culture will be certainly satisfied. We promise you will taste the best food in Venice, together with a passionate foodie host, wandering around the vibrant San Marco and San Polo districts, ending the food tour with a traditional treat, the ultimate gelato or a traditional venetian cookie. Looking for a vegetarian alternative? It’s possible! Just let us know in advance and we can customize according to your wishes, diet or food allergies.
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Semi-Private Secret Venice with Rialto market & Food and Wine Tour Wine Tastings

Semi-Private Secret Venice with Rialto market & Food and Wine Tour

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Explore Venice's lesser-known gems on this walking tour. Led by a guide, stroll through the stalls of fresh produce at the Rialto Market, stopping at an osteria for a glass of wine and a few cicchetti (Venetian snacks). The head to the historic San Polo and Cannareggio districts, and cross over the Grand Canal on a gondola ride.
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Legends & Mysteries: Venice by NightPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Legends & Mysteries: Venice by Night

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An exclusive tour discovering the legends & mysteries of Venice. Where did the "hangman" live? Who was the "Biasio" of Venice? Where are the ghosts palaces? Who was the "Doctor of the plague"? The city you would have never known without us! We cannot tell you anything now.. this tour is indeed a real mystery until you do it!
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Private One Day Tour in Venice!Day Trips

Private One Day Tour in Venice!

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Discover the jewels of Venice in just 1 day! Experience the real essence of the city with your native Venetian guide, who will be showing you around this fascinating labirinth rich of histories, legends and traditions. From Rialto bridge, with its millenary trade center, to St. Mark's square, surrounded by the 3 "cousins": the Basilica, the Doge's Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Arriving in Cannaregio, where the merchants had developed their main activities, you will enjoy an authentic atmosphere, exploring an original atelier of Carnival masks. You will also have lunch like a Venetian, with the delicious "cicheti" accompanied by the famous 'ombra' (small glass of local wine). After the little break, you will reach by private luxury water taxi one of the oldest Murano glass factory and admire the millenary blowing glass art. There is no better ending then a private boat ride through the Grand Canal, reflecting the sunset colors on the nobles palaces, and leaving you with the last amazing view of the city. Ready to say.. ARRIVEDERCI VENEZIA!
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  • 8 hours
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Private Food Tour: Cicheti & WineWine Tastings

Private Food Tour: Cicheti & Wine

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Tour the best Venetian taverns "cicheterie" to discover the local culinary tradition. Between one "cicheto" and another you will become part of the real Venetian atmosphere through the most mysterious and historical places of our city, those that usually no tourist knows when not accompanied by a true Venetian.
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  • 2 hours
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The Secret Venice + Cicheti & Wine Private TourHalf-day Tours

The Secret Venice + Cicheti & Wine Private Tour

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If you are struggling to choose between tasting the delicious "cicheti" and discovering the secret corners of Venice, why not combine them for a unique experience? A complete and unforgettable tour crossing the 3 main Venetian districts, enjoying cicheti with wine in the most historical taverns.
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  • 3 hours
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