2-Day Venice private tour from Rome. Venetian tours can be crowded and impersonal, which is understandable given the city’s fame as a “floating city.” Avoid the crowds by taking this two-day private tour from Rome instead. Embark on a gondola ride through Venice’s canals with a knowledgeable guide as you explore the city’s islands and take in the city’s stunning architecture.
- Private tour exclusively for you and your party: Skip the crowds
- Includes accommodation in Venice with breakfast
- Explore Venice’s most important sites in the company of a guide who shares insights
- Slow down and fully absorb the atmosphere by spending two full days in the city
Day 1: depart from Rome
Grand Canal – Canal Grande
In Venice, the most famous “road” is the Grand Canal, which can be traversed by ferry or gondola. As a result of this, the city was built around the Grand Canal, which divides it into two distinct areas. There are two ways to get to the lagoon from the canal: one from the Santa Lucia railway station and the other from San Marco. The central districts (sestieri) of Venice form a large reverse-S shape. It has a length of 3.8 kilometers (2.4 miles), a width of 30 to 90 meters (98 to 295 feet), and a depth of 5 meters on average (16 feet).
Piazza San Marco
Piazza San Marco, also known as St. Mark’s Square or simply “la Piazza,” is Venice’s central public square (“the Square”). Except for the Piazzetta and the Piazzale Roma, the city’s other public spaces are referred to as campi (“fields”). Lago di Garda’s southern-eastern tip is bordered by the Piazzetta (“little Piazza/Square”).
Together, the two spaces constitute Venice’s social, religious, and political center. The most famous Venetian landmarks, such as the 700-year-old San Marco Basilica and its museum, the San Marco Campanile, the first Renaissance clock tower, the Ducal Palace in Venetian Gothic style, and the Bridge of Sighs, are all within walking distance.
Your next stop will be the Rialto Bridge, where you’ll be able to take in a stunning view of Venice’s Grand Canal as well as peruse the quaint and historic Rialto market.
After that, you can take in the best views of Venice from the historic Panoramic Terrace of Fontego dei Tedeschi, which is now home to some of the world’s most renowned brand shops. There are approximately 354 bridges in Venice.
Originally constructed to solve transportation problems, these bridges have since been repurposed to enhance the aesthetics of the city.
The oldest of Venice’s Grand Canal bridges, the Rialto Bridge dates back to the 13th century. At first, it was built with two old ships and then a wooden structure, but now it connects San Marco and San Polo sestieri (districts). The most recent reconstruction, which dates back to 1591, is the one we can see today.
Day 2: Venice tour and return to Rome
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
You’ll see Santa Maria della Salute in the morning. The Dorsoduro sestiere of Venice is home to this Roman Catholic church and minor basilica at Punta della Dogana. To construct this church in honor of the Virgin Mary, who saved the city from the plague, a religious complex had to be demolished. Finished in the second half of the VII century. The church can be seen from the water as you approach the Piazza San Marco from Punta della Dogana’s narrow finger between the Grand Canal and the Giudecca Canal.
In Venice, Italy, the Ponte dell’Accademia is one of the only four bridges to cross the Grand Canal. The Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, which was housed in the Scuola della Carità and the Gallerie dell’Accademia, which is still there, is the name of the canal crossing. Dorsoduro and San Marco are connected by this bridge.
Scala Contarini del Bovolo
Venice’s Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo (also known as the Palazzo Contarini Minelli dal Bovolo) is a small palazzo best known for its external spiral staircase known as the Scala Contarini del Bovolo (literally, “of the snail”). It underwent a series of changes as a result of its numerous owners. Rialto, Venice’s commercial center, and Saint Mark, its political center, are both within a few blocks of each other.
Gondola Bacino Orseolo
A traditional gondola ride will take you through the city’s waterways, allowing you to see the best of Venice’s canals. The gondola was Venice’s primary mode of transportation from the 12th century until the introduction of speedboats in the late 20th century.
Upon returning to Rome, we complete our 2-Day Venice private tour from Rome.
Top attractions in Venice
Locally called Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace, Palace of the Duke), Doge’s Palace is a massive palace complex next to St. Mark’s Square and on a Venice canal, with ornate rooms,...
St. Mark's Basilica is an iconic church cathedral with gilded domes, located on the St. Mark’s Square. It is featuring opulent interior, myriad mosaics and a museum.
St. Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco) is the main public square of Venice with many landmarks. It is favorite tourist hangout and photo opportunity area and great starting point to...
More travel info about Venice and Italy
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Top hotels in Venice
Offering luxurious rooms with antique furniture and fine fabrics, Hotel Metropole is set in a privileged place – 350 m from Saint Mark’s Square in Venice. The hotel boasts a...
Facing the Grand Canal of Venice and overlooking the Rialto Bridge, Hotel Al Ponte Antico provides lodging in a palace dating back to the 14th century. A daily breakfast is...
Located in the historic center of Venice, just 450 meters from Rialto Bridge, Hotel ai Cavalieri di Venezia is a 6-minute walk from St. Mark’s Square. There is free WiFi...
Offering elegant rooms and suites as well as a good restaurant, Palazzo Venart Luxury Hotel is housed in a 16th-century building overlooking the Grand Canal in Venice. In the courtyard...
Just a 2-minute walk from St. Mark’s Square in Venice, the Bauer Palazzo Hotel provides spacious, elegant rooms with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. It has a gourmet restaurant...
Overlooking the Grand Canal, Centurion Palace provides 5-star luxury in Venice, next to the Church of Santa Maria della Salute. Drinks are served at the private courtyard of the hotel.