Private Walking Tour of the San Polo Sestiere in Venice

2 h
Walking Tours
difficulty Very easy
Wheelchair Not Accessible

Private Walking Tour of the San Polo Sestiere in Venice

A private walking tour, to get to know one of the most beautiful areas of Venice: the San Polo Sestriere, full of history, art, tradition and heritage. Lose yourself in its scents and wonderful historic buildings.

Take a walk along the San Polo Sestriere, in Venice
Admire the majesty of the Rialto bridge and of the Church of Santa Maria dei Frari
Observe this typical area of Venice, full of traditional botteghe and bacari
Get lost in the place where East and West meet up
Enter into the Church of Santa Maria dei Frari, and enjoy the art pieces displayed there

A private tour of San Polo Sestiere in Venice, the biggest one after San Marco Square. With this exclusive, intimate tour, you will get to know all the secrets of this area. Enjoy its ancient and noble atmosphere, which remained unchanged during the centuries, and then head to the wonderful and majestic Church of Santa Maria dei Frari, in which you will find historic memories of the Venetian Republic.

Begin your tour from San Polo

In the San Polo Sestriere, you can still breathe the air of the ancient Venice. One of its distinguishing characteristics is the presence of both residential and productive places, in addition of being the meeting point of West and East, that results in an atmosphere dominated by the scent of spices and wood. The most important zone was, historically, Rialto, once comprised in the Sestriere, and to which it is connected through the world-famous Rialto Bridge. You will not miss neither the typical food and vegetable market, full of voices and energy, nor the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto, the most ancient in the whole Venice.

Between statues and fields

Your tour will continue toward the discovering of this peculiar and ancient neighbourhood; you will not miss the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, together with its enclosed church. But most of all, you will visit the Campo San Polo, the biggest in town. Its importance grew so much that, beginning as an area intended to host cultivation and grazing, it then became, in the seventeenth century, the main square of the city, and the meeting point of small markets. Moreover, you will see the famous statue of the Gobbo di Rialto, the man bent on its knees which sustains with his back the ladder leading against the column from which the Comandador used to proclaim laws and give other announcements.

The Frari Basilica

After having observed the wonders situated on the streets of this magical district, your tour will continue with a visit to the wonderful Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, majestic and grandiose. It is situated in the Campo dei Frari, to which its name is due, and dedicated to Mary’s Assumption. Its perimeter has the shape of a Latin cross, and its style is a combination of Gothic and Venetian. Together with naves, bows and 17 monumental altars, it guards wonderful art pieces, among which two paintings by Tiziano stand out. A must see before the end of your tour is Canova’s grave, a monument which preserves the urn made in porphyry that contains the heart of the artist.

  • Rialto Bridge
  • Campo San Polo
  • Statua del Gobbo di San Giacomo
  • Chiesa di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari
  • Guided tour
  • Professional tour guide
  • Tips (optional)
Meeting point: 

Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.


We suggest you wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability. Once your booking is confirmed we will email you a voucher. This is your ticket and proof of purchase.