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Campo Santa Maria Formosa Tours

Campo Santa Maria Formosa
Tucked away from the crowded piazzas of Venice, Campo Santa Maria Formosa is a charming little square in the Castello district. With a handful of cafés, a co-op market, and local shops, Campo Santa Maria Formosa offers a nice reprieve from the tourist hustle of Venice and allows a glimpse into local life. 

The Basics
Named after the 15th-century church of the same name that borders the square, Campo Santa Maria Formosa is the perfect spot to enjoy a coffee and relax between tours or shopping.
The square’s peaceful vibe lets you slow down a bit and enjoy the true spirit of Venice. You can tour Santa Maria Formosa Church, browse the local shops, or just relax and people watch. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Campo Santa Maria Formosa is a true hidden gem in Venice. 
  • The delightful Castello town square offers a break from the hustle of Venice.
  • Feel like a local as you enjoy a cup of coffee and rest before continuing your Venice explorations.

How to Get There
Campo Santa Maria Formosa is located in the Castello district of Venice, a 5-minute walk northeast of St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco). To reach Campo Santa Maria Formosa, take vaporetto water bus line 1 or 2 to the Rialto stop and then make the short walk from the Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto). 

When to Get There
The streets of Venice are crawling with tourists during the popular summer months, so consider visiting between November and March to avoid the crowds. Head out early if visiting between April and October and seek out hidden sights like Campo Santa Maria Formosa for an authentic experience of Venice. 

Other Castello District Attractions 
Venice is divided into six districts or sestieri, each with its own distinct character. Castello is home to the Basilica of San Pietro di Castello and the Arsenale, the once mighty medieval shipyard complex that now hosts the Venice Biennale. Castello is the largest district, and in addition to major sights it has several relatively tourist-free pockets where you can experience the quieter side of Venice. 
Address: Castello District, Venice, Italy
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Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

Best of Venice Tour with St Mark’s Basilica and Grand Canal Boat tour

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See the best of Venice in a day on a tour that combines a guided walk with a cruise along the bustling Grand Canal. Hear the history of St. Mark’s Square and Rialto Bridge from a guide, and visit St. Mark’s Basilica with a skip-the-line ticket to beat the long admission lines. Discover the tucked-away treasures of Venice’s backstreets and charming canals, and then finish on a high note: a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.
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  • 3 hours
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$95.22
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$95.22
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Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro

Skip the Line: Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica and Pala D'Oro

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Discover the awe-inspiring St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice without the headache of long lines. Head to the front of the queue with your expert guide and step inside to admire the cathedral’s glittering gold mosaics, Pala d'Oro and embellished domes. Explore other architectural highlights of St. Mark’s Square and learn about Venice’s history as a seafaring superpower and Italian cultural capital. You also escape to quieter backstreets of Hidden Venice to visit lesser-known attractions and gain insight into daily Venetian life.
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  • 2 hours
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$34.96
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$34.96
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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride

Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride

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Get exclusive, skip-the-line access to the very best of Venice on a private, 6-hour walking and gondola tour of the city. Learn about Venetian art and culture as you trace a route from Piazza San Marco to the elaborate Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Discover the remarkable architecture and history of the Basilica San Marco, and continue through a series of churches, landmarks and picture-perfect highlights. Finish the day in true Venice style with a private gondola ride through the iconic canals of Venice.
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  • 6 hours
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$1,100.48
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Welcome to Venice Small Group or Private Tour: Basilica San Marco & Gondola Ride

Welcome to Venice Small Group or Private Tour: Basilica San Marco & Gondola Ride

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Experience quintessential Venice on this walking tour, including a memorable gondola ride. See iconic landmarks like the Rialto Bridge and the House of Marco Polo; get a taste of local life at the Rialto Fish Market and explore historic neighborhoods like Cannaregio. Then, admire the palatial architecture of St. Mark’s Square, enter the magnificent St. Mark’s Basilica and soak up the scenery on a romantic gondola cruise. This small-group tour is limited for a personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours
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$89.20
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4-Hour Venice Walking tour with Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica

4-Hour Venice Walking tour with Skip the line Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica

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Saint Marks Basilica and the Doges Palace are two landmarks rarely left off any Venice Itinerary, but their popularity means that visitors often spend more time queuing outside than exploring inside. Visit both on this 4-hour tour, including skip-the-line entrance and a walking tour of romantic Venice.
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  • 4 hours
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$119.33
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$119.33
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Ducal Venice, Historical Walking Tour & Skip the line Doge's Palace

Ducal Venice, Historical Walking Tour & Skip the line Doge's Palace

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Skip the long lines at the Doge’s Palace and explore the historic heart of Venice on a 3-hour tour with a local guide. Walk through the neighborhoods of Saint Mark’s and Castello, where you’ll find a series of historic landmarks, and get a guided introduction to the magnificent Doge’s Palace. This 3-hour Venice tour features headsets so you won’t miss a word of the guide’s stories, and includes skip-the-line tickets at the Doge’s Palace.
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  • 3 hours
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$96.43
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Venice Highlights Tour from St Maria Formosa to Rialto St Mark & Marco Polo Home

Venice Highlights Tour from St Maria Formosa to Rialto St Mark & Marco Polo Home

A trip to the discovery of the Venice highlights, a guided outdoor walking tour through the canals, cathedrals and calli (the little alleyways of Venice). Your local guide will show you the secrets of this City of Bridges, one of the most beautiful and romantic city in the world, where to get lost, love and be seduced experiencing the thrill of the past and the charm of historical monuments like The Doge's Palace , San Marco Basilic and suggestive places like Rialto with its majestic Bridge and much more. A magical experience !! The  tour lasts  3 hours. Available in the morning or in the afternoon.
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  • 3 hours
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$351.27
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$351.27
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Venice Morning Walking Tour

Venice Morning Walking Tour

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Get views of Venice's most important landmarks during this 2-hour morning walking tour. As the city and its scenic canals awake for the day, pass Venetian highlights like the Doge's Palace, St Mark's Square and Campo Santa Maria Formosa. Listen to your guide's commentary about these famous locations, as well as little-known facts about some of the city's hidden gems. Use of personal headsets to hear your guide clearly is included.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Tour: Beyond Saint Mark's Square Hidden Venice Walking Tour

Private Tour: Beyond Saint Mark's Square Hidden Venice Walking Tour

Explore some of Venice's hidden treasures during this private 2-hour walking tour. See lesser-known sights like Campo Santa Maria Formosa, the Libreria Acqua Alta, and the circular Bovolo Staircase.
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  • 2 hours
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$473.65
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Venetian Renaissance and Saint Marco Basilica Skip the Line Private Tour

Venetian Renaissance and Saint Marco Basilica Skip the Line Private Tour

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Understand what life was like during the Venice Renaissance on a private 2.5-hour tour. Perfect for history buffs, the extensive itinerary takes you beyond what you'd get on a typical group tour. Visit the Palazzo Grimani, Acqua Alta Bookshops, Church of Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and more. This satisfying tour also includes a slice of traditional Venetian Tiramisu, along with skip-the-line entrance to St. Marco Basilica.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$201.29
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Byzantine Venice Walking tour with St Mark's Basilica and Gondola ride

Byzantine Venice Walking tour with St Mark's Basilica and Gondola ride

Venice is famous for its intricate Byzantine architecture—a style famously displayed in Saint Mark’s Square and the iconic Saint Mark’s Basilica. This excursions combines a guided walk through the square and adjacent Castello District with a skip-the-line tour of Saint Mark’s Basilica, so you can learn about Venice’s storied past and gain a well-rounded understanding of the city’s Byzantine history.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Venice Night Secrets Guided Tour from St Mark to Marco Polo House Frari & Rialto

Venice Night Secrets Guided Tour from St Mark to Marco Polo House Frari & Rialto

Venice is at its most atmospheric after dark when the streets are quiet and the crowds have dispersed. This private tour ensures you see the city at its very best. Starting at San Marco Square, you'll head for the majestic Doge's Palace, Rialto Bridge, and landmarks such as Teatro La Fenice, Scuola Grande di San Marco, and Marco Polo’s house.
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  • 3 hours
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$300.77
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Venice Guided Walking tour

Venice Guided Walking tour

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Many of Venice’s most important and intriguing landmarks are clustered around the city’s vibrant heart at St. Mark's Square. Explore this treasure trove of history on a walking tour that takes you through the winding sidestreets surrounding the famous piazza. Take a break from your guidebook and hear the stories behind Marco Polo’s house, the Malibran Theater, and many others on a leisurely stroll that's great for first-time visitors.
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  • 2 hours
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instagram shooting highlights out of the crowd

instagram shooting highlights out of the crowd

Enjoy the shooting tour of Venice to experience a more authentic side of the water city. If you need any tips on the camera of your mobile phone I will help you to use it better. Follow an unusual itinerary to discover some of the city’s most beautiful sights not normally included on regular tours. I will provide valuable information, (I have study architecture here in Venice) and curious anecdotes from the city’s long history.
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  • 2 hours
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$103.32
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Byzantine Venice Walking tour with Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica

Byzantine Venice Walking tour with Skip the Line Saint Mark's Basilica

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No visit to Venice is complete without a tour of the awe-inspiring architecture of St Mark’s Square. Escape the crowds and discover highlights of Venetian history with a guided, small-group walking tour. Explore the magnificent Doge’s Palace and photogenic bell tower, and skip the front of the queue to see the dazzling gilded interior of St Mark’s Basilica.
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$67.50
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The best of Venice and Murano in one day private tour on foot and by boat

The best of Venice and Murano in one day private tour on foot and by boat

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If you only have a limited amount of time in Venice, this private tour ensures you spend it wisely. Explore the city and Murano by foot and by boat and enjoy the flexibility of customizing the tour to your interests and skipping the line at such top attractions as the basilica of St Mark's Basilica.
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  • 6 hours
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$840.13
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$840.13
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First time in Venice

First time in Venice

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First visitors will love this tour! Experience Venice with a native is the way to go! my experience will give you really the best chance for you to see as much as possible in 3 hours ! Try it! Saint Marrk square, Rialto, the off the beaten paths areas, the lovely corners, the impressive palaces... Come to see Venice with me!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$110.20
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Full day best of Venice private guided tour with Doges Palace and Murano Island

Full day best of Venice private guided tour with Doges Palace and Murano Island

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Avoid the crowds and hassle of group tours. This private tour lets you explore Venice at your own pace and to your own interests. Discover the city's canals, monuments, and hidden alleyways while learning about its history from your guide.
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  • 6 hours
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$562.21
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Venice for families with children

Venice for families with children

This tour is excellent for families with small and elder children, that want to learn about Venice having fun on an interactive experience for the whole family. Under the guidance of a local and licensed tour guide, you will enjoy a nice walking tour around the less beaten tracks as well as some of the city highlights. There will be a break along the way, eating the best gelato in Venice or drinking a nice cup of hot chocolate. Then, you will be introduced to the history of the original meaning that is behind the Carnival and the masks and you will be escorted to the atelier, where artisans still make them in papier-mache by hand. There, you will be able to choose the mask that you want to decorate and take with you. (The workshop is about 1 hour long and the price of it is not included and is 38 euros per person. It's not mandatory to take part in the workshop). This tour is a right mix, funny and informative at the same time for the entire family.
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  • 3 hours
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Hidden Venice private tour, art and craft

Hidden Venice private tour, art and craft

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The huge crowds in Venice can make sightseeing an overwhelming experience—especially in large groups. Opt for the stress-free alternative of exploring a less crowded part of Venice, on a private tour with just your party and a guide. Benefit from a guide’s navigation skills when exploring a labyrinth of narrow streets in the Castello area. It’s a great way to see local craftsmanship—watch a glass-making demonstration, and visit a mask maker too.
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  • 3 hours
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$360.40
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$360.40
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3-Days Private tour among Venice, Verona and Treviso with a Top Guide

3-Days Private tour among Venice, Verona and Treviso with a Top Guide

This 3 days tour gives you the privilege to visit 3 of the most beautiful City of Italy. The 6 hour Venice tour will gives you the opportunity to visit the main attractions of Venice, including a trip on the typical Gondola . You will visit the magnificent St. Mark Basilica and the Doges Palace, without the hustle of waiting in line to buy the tickets. Your guide will have them reserved for you!While staying in Venice you cannot miss a trip to the nearby city of Treviso.The so called “Little Venice” is easily reachable by train from Venice’s main train station, start your journey and meet your guide at Treviso Train Station. Thanks to this private tour, you will get to enjoy Treviso with the expertise of a local guide that will show you in 3 hours all the main attractions.If you are staying in Venice you cannot miss a trip to the city of love, Verona.In just 2 hours you will get to see the most important sites of the city, including where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet was set.
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  • 3 days
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$1,446.42
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Venice Super Saver: Dolomite Mountains Day Trip and Skip-the-Line Venice in One Day Tour

Venice Super Saver: Dolomite Mountains Day Trip and Skip-the-Line Venice in One Day Tour

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Want to see the Dolomites, tour Venice and save money at the same time? Book this Venice Super Saver, which combines two best-selling tours at a discounted rate, and spread your sightseeing over two days. Start with a Dolomites day trip to visit the ski village of Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo mountain range, and then take a tour of the Venice on the second day (check operational schedule for details). Bypass the entrance lines outside St Mark’s Basilica, explore the city by foot and, finally, finish with a water taxi cruise on the Grand Canal.
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  • 2 days
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$265.18
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$265.18
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Portrait Session in Venice

Portrait Session in Venice

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With a backdrop as magnificent as Venice, you’ll want to share your visit on social media. This private portrait session will guarantee that you have plenty of shots worth posting on Instagram, or to share with friends and family. Pose with a professional photographer in iconic locations around Venice, including St. Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge, and the Riva degli Schiavoni gondola stand.
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  • 1 hour
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$421.87
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$421.87
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Guided tour of Venice wonders including Correr Museum & Empress Sisi Apartments

Guided tour of Venice wonders including Correr Museum & Empress Sisi Apartments

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Join us on a tour of the unique city of Venice; a wonderland of canals, cathedrals and hidden alleyways.  With the services of a local English-speaking guide the City of Bridges will come alive.  This is a truly memorable tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$360.92
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$360.92
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