Venice by Night Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

One of the best ways to experience the magic of Venice at night is from the water. Get out on the town in “The Floating City” for an evening to remember on a private, 2-hour cruise of the Venetian Lagoon at night. See the medieval church and bell towers of San Giorgio Island rising from the water in a mystical glow, and enjoy a breathtaking new vantage point of St. Mark’s Square and other landmarks illuminated at night.


  • Venice after dark
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Campo San Polo
  • Blue hour gondola ride
  • Grand Canal
  • Experience the secret side of Venice

Venice by Night Walking Tour and Gondola Ride

If you came to Venice with visions in mind of winding streets and tumbling houses where laundry swings out over canals, then Secret Venice is the tour for you. Step away from the crowds and get off the beaten track with this original tour that explores Venice’s less-seen, more romantic side on the other side of the Grand Canal.

Highlights and Hidden Gems Night Tour in VeniceOur Secret Venice tour starts at the spectacular Rialto Bridge whose marble reflects in the canal below. On our walk through hidden Venice, we’ll see lovers strolling and kids playing in many of the beautiful squares in the area – the Campo San Polo, the Campo San Margherita, and the Campo San Barnaba. We’ll pass the Basilica dei Frari (outside visit) and stop in front of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco.

As you stroll your guide will fill you in on the stories, myths, and legends that make Venice so endlessly fascinating, showing you a local’s perspective of this often “touristy” city. At the Medieval Casino, for example, there was once a wooden slot in the floor of the first story that patrons could peer through to see who was at the door giving them enough time to look decent or escape before their better halves located them.

The city is beautiful in the evening light and full of life. We’ll pass Peggy Guggenheim’s museum and you’ll hear about the famous patron who lost her father to the Titanic but gained the means to build one of the world’s most notable art collections.

Our tour ends on the sweetest note with a gondola ride as the sun is setting. Relax as a gondolier, in his ubiquitous striped shirt, punts along the canal. Keep your eyes peeled for the many palaces that line the waterways of Venice or just for women reeling in their washing lines. With only six people per gondola your ride will be peaceful and intimate or for an additional fee opt instead for the private gondola ride, a romantic and unforgettable experience for you and your loved one.

As the sun dips below the horizon our boats dock and the group disperses with heads full of narrow canals and masterpieces hidden in neighborhood churches. That’s one more ticked off the bucket list.

Sites Visited

Rialto bridge, Fish Market (after hours), Ponte delle Tette, Campo San Polo, Basilica dei Frari (outside visit), Scuola di San Rocco (outside visit), Campo San Margherita, Campo San Barnabo, Casino dei Nobili – Medieval Casino (outside visit), Bridge of Fists, Peggy Guggenheim Museum (outside visit), Gondola ride.

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