Venice Off the Beaten Path: private tour in Venice with a local

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From $325.04

15 reviews   (5.00)

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Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Venice, Venice

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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This Venice tour by a local guide is a unique experience, tailored on your interest. It is a private tour: only you and your local licensed guide and great lover of Venice.
During the off the beaten paths Venice tour you will wander through a very authentic local neighborhood, you will enjoy the magic greeneries of a Venetian palazzo and you will listen to beautiful local stories and legends that only Venetians knows

What's Included

a private experience led by a local guide great lover of Venice and art historian

What's Not Included


Traveler Information

  • TRAVELER: Age: 0 - 120

Additional Info

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Are you looking for Venice tours but you can't choose the best option for you? Do you like the idea to join Venice tours by locals?
This is the best option for you!
Together we will visit some of the hidden gems of Venice, you'll explore the floating city like you've never done before.
A unique experience of its kind, two hours of intense discovery of a city like you've never seen.

This private city walk want to show you hidden gems and secrets corners of Venice. During this tour you will enjoy one of the most peaceful and not touristy district of the city: Dorsoduro, also known as the Venetian art district.

Do you love movies, well I’ll show you where Indiana Jones traces clues about the Holy Grail in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. Do you love art? I’ll show you a unique Palazzo with a secret garden.
Corners of Venice little seen by tourists finding unique spots. I have carefully selected the best hidden calli and paths that lead to what we call the hidden jewels.

We’ll avoid the “traffic jams” and the tourist traps … let you bring a little part of our truly Venice in your heart!

I will unveil the secrets of the construction of the city and we will discover secret stories of some unique Venetian “palazzi” such as the Peggy Guggenheim’s house, the beautiful Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Ca’ Dario and Punta della Dogana. We will see the “squero”: the gondole yard where Venetian still make and restore their gondole and you will get to know everything about gondoliers and their traditions.
We will discover the largest painting on canvas of the world, we will see the strange "empty" palazzo, marvellous "masks" decorating our buildings, the incredible bridge of fists, an unbreathing view of the Gran Canal and much more..

This tour may include an unconventional breathtaking panoramic view of St. Mark square and the Grand Canal from a unique perspective.

This can be a tailor made tour, according to your interests I can change my itinerary! No more secrets for you, just send me a message after your booking!

Falling in love with Venice thanks to Lucia Venice walks and tours!

• Admission Ticket Free


You must take this tour! Really, it’s mandatory!
mgcNYNY, 09-11-2022
This was a GREAT morning tour. And a must- do even for those of us who’d been to Venice before. Lucia was knowledgeable, funny and 100% engaged in our enjoyment of her native city. She even arranged a surprise trip to the rooftop of the Tedeschi department store for a glorious view of the whole city. Our trip included an hour on a boat, exploring the canals and that was such a treat with an excellent water taxi driver. We really really enjoyed ourselves and cannot thank Lucia enough.
A brilliant tour with an excellent guide
MartaLearningEscapes, 08-11-2022
This was an absolutely briliant tour and a highlight of our family trip to Venice. We chose to do a private tour with Lucia and since I had my ten year old daughter with me, Lucia structured it as a scavenger hunt. It was a lot of fun but also very informative even for me who had already visited Venice several times. I highly recommend this tour for families witn kids of primary school age and tweens and Lucia as competent, kind and professional guide
Amazing Venice guide
JBCx2, 25-08-2022
We had the easiest, most informative and special day touring Venice with Lucia. She is absolutely lovely and kind but also knows her city inside and out. Of course she took our family of 4 (2 teenage girls) to the characteristic must see spots, but she also explored hidden gems and kept everyone interested and happy for several hours.
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achillesbk, 10-08-2022
Lucia was an absolutely amazing tour guide! We have been traveling as a family for years and booking local private guides…Lucia tops the list! She was super knowledgeable, kept us engaged the entire time and was a pleasure to be with for the day! Such a wonderful experience overall! Highly, highly recommend Lucia!!
The best tour guide we’ve ever had in a lifetime of travel!
962nicholasg, 05-08-2022
Our family of six spent a half day with Lucia on a private cicchetti tour of Venice back in 2019. I won’t repeat what I wrote in my review then other than to say that both Lucia and the tour were simply unimprovable — THE unexpected highlight of a wide-ranging, high-end trip through Europe.

Fast forward three years and through lots of pandemic-rescheduled travel, we finally had a chance to get back to beautiful Venice and immediately booked Lucia for two private full-day tours. We let Lucia know that our main interests were (1) getting a real “drink” of hidden, off-the-beaten-path Venice, and (2) continuing our tour through Venice’s amazing food/wine/cocktail scene. We otherwise left ourselves entirely in her hands. Long story short, we once again had a tour and guide that surpassed every expectation. We spent hours touring and learning about unspeakably beautiful areas of Dorsoduro and Canareggio which were often literally empty except for Lucia, our family, and the inimitable city of Venice. We had amazing food and drink surrounded by happy locals, we visited (courtesy of Lucia’s friendship with everyone in Venice, I think) some closed/private locations I won’t detail here, and we spent two days with a guide whose knowledge, passion, kindness, humor, patience, discretion, and just plain old goodness/decency makes her feel to us like a forever family friend.

I’ll wrap up this review this way: think of the effort and expense required to thoughtfully plan and execute a family trip to a faraway place like Venice. Think realistically about the number of times you’ll actually make it there. And now trust me when I say that a guide like Lucia is like the catalyst — the unexpected secret ingredient — who makes each of those hours and dollars pay off the way you hoped and dreamed but almost never actually achieve. She is the best tour guide we’ve ever worked with anywhere period and we could not recommend her more highly. Do your life a favor and reach out to Lucia if you’re visiting Venice. You can thank me later!


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