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San Polo

San Polo, Venice, Italy

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.

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Private Tour: Venice Rialto Market, San Polo and Frari Church Walking Tour
Private Tour: Venice Rialto Market, San Polo and Frari Church Walking Tour
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$278.20 per adult
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Great walking tour of many areas of Venice
Barbara gave my friend and me a terrific tour that covered many areas of Venice, not just Rialto, San Polo, and I Frari. Because there were only two of us on the tour, it was tailored to us. Barbara knows Venice inside-out and was easily able to answer all our questions. Just to note: tour guides in Venice who provide outside tours are not permitted to provide inside tours. Therefore, this tour did not provide detailed information on the inside of i Frari. This is not a criticism of Barbara; it’s just how it apparently works here in Venice.
Catherine_R, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Venice

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Perfect private tour
Andre_W, Nov 2021
Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride
Absolutely wonderful - highly recommend if you want to avoid crowds, skip lines, and learn a lot! Carolina was very helpful and patient; we’re quite glad to have had her as our guide!
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Venezia
Jose_M, Feb 2020
Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride
I loved Michaela and her knowledge. But since we could not go into the museums then it was too expensive for what we did.
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If you only have one day in Venice, then this is your tour- but it is a long day.
Stephen_K, Jun 2019
Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride
our tour guide was great. Native Venetian. Knew the city very well. She showed os pretty much everything to see in the city and answered all our questions. The only part that was not 100% great was the gondola ride as they used the busiest operator behind San Marco and they short changed us on the time- only 22 minutes not 30.
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Venice experience
Donna_V, Feb 2020
Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride
Such a great tour. When we arrived in Venice every museum and palace had been closed due to the Coronavirus scare. However our wonderful tour guide, Romy changed plans on our behalf. She instead took us on a 6.5 hour experience beginning with tours to Murano and Burano in addition to a fantastic tour of Venice. Finishing with a gondola ride in Venice. Showing us all the best Venice has to offer. Romy was so knowledgeable and knew the history of everything. She stayed with us on the gondola ride and took photos for us all day. She took great care to ensure our safety every step of the way. If you have a chance to take a tour of Venice you definitely should request Romy.
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We were priveleged to have Dr. Romy...
Felicia V, Aug 2018
Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride
We were priveleged to have Dr. Romy Rigattieri, a learned local Venetian as our guide for the day. As Romy knew the city like the back of her hand, she took us to visit it's main highlights through meandering streets, off the beaten path, so that we could see so many hidden gems and aspects of the city, en route. Two such unique stops that were significant for us were to a historic Gondola boatyard where Romy explained the painstaking process that goes into the construction of a single gondola and to an iconic waterfront gelateria where we were made to try a unique dessert which Romy used to relish as a child of chocolate and whipped cream! Being very experienced Romy brought the ancient and mesmerising city of Venice to life for us with her detailed and animated commentary. She took us to iconic mask shops to explain the process and significance of this unique Venetian phenomenon. She also took us to try Cicchetti, typical Venetian snacks, similar to Spanish tapas. Her explanations of the Doges Palace, Bridge of Sighs, the adjoining Prison and of the Byzantine influenced San Marco were exceptionally notable. Our Tour ended with a private gondola ride which my young daughters were looking forward to the most. Seeing that the gondoliers were very busy and hence nonchalant and uncaring of the thronging tourists, Romy never left our side until she was sure that we were seated in a comfortable gondola with an attentive gondolier. This for us was very touching. As the gondolier pushed away from the shore and took us down the canal, we could see Romy gradually disappear from view. She never stopped waving to us. Felicia Variava Albert. Managing Director, Blaze Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India

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.

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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.

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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.

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Venice's Sestieri

Venice has six districts, or sestieri: Castello, Cannaregio, Dorsoduro, San Marco, Santa Croce, and—the smallest—San Polo.

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