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Ravenna & Bologna -private tour

Ravenna & Bologna -private tour

By Friend in Venice Tours
per group (up to 7)
Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 0-120
Duration: 7–8 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, Italian, French, Spanish

  • Private transportation
  • Bottled water
What's not included
  • Museum tickets
  • Entry/Admission - Mausoleo di Galla Placidia
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di San Vitale
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo
  • Entry/Admission - Mausoleo di Teodorico
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Di Sant'Apollinare In Classe
  • Entry/Admission - Battistero degli Ariani
  • Entry/Admission - Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi)
  • Entry/Admission - Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Piazzale Roma, 30135 Venezia VE, Italy
Pickup details
  • We can meet you at the hotel but private water taxi will have to be paid by the customer
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Port pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
    • ATVO Bus Ticket Office - Venice, Piazzale Roma, 497/g, 30135 Venezia VE, Italy
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      • Infants must sit on laps
      • Infant seats available
      • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
      • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 126511P9

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 126511P9

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      • Friend in Venice Tours
        Venice, Veneto, Italy
        Joined in December 2011
      • Go558860
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best tour of Venice!!
        Linda was amazing! We had a private one hour tour via a small water taxi followed by a two hour walking tour. She was passionate about Venice and told us so many interesting things about the city that we never would have known. She went above and beyond and also gave us information about what else we could do in the short amount of time we had. I’m so glad we took her advice! Thank you Linda, for helping to make our trip to Venice so memorable!
        Written July 7, 2024
      • Resort00971818485
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nadia is stellar - book this tour to truly experience Venice history, food, and culture
        I wish I could give more than five stars - we did private tours and excursions throughout Rome, Florence, and Venice with many excellent guides, but this was the highlight of our trip. It’s all because of Nadia’s incredible knowledge, warm personality, and ability to show you spots she knows will match your interests. I’d recommend her to anyone who wants to feel like they are actually taking part in the Venetian food, culture, and history. This was the last day of our trip. Nadia picked us up from our hotel and immediately made a strong bond with our ten year old daughter, who had already been through nine days of crowded museums, hot days, and Roman busts. But instantly Nadia was warm, jovial, and just fantastic. My in-laws have the same name as a nearby town where her friend lives - Nadia called her friend and my wife spoke with her about the town and its history, just a lovely and spontaneous thing to do! We stopped for DELICIOUS tramezzini (triangle sandwiches), spritzes, and pastries from a nearby cafe. There were no tables but somehow she created one, ordered everything and took care of the bill without us even realizing it. Just seamless. Everything was tailored to our location and reasonably close highlights. She took us through some history and the way Venetians eat and live. Unlike other tours where some guides are more like accessories, Nadia is almost an advocate. She takes charge and handles everything. She found out what we like to eat and made us dinner reservations for later in the evening on the spot at a place that was fully booked already. We casually mentioned how our daughter loves fashion and sewing can spin on a dime and took us to a fabulous and historic Jesuit church with marble that looked like fabric and with fantastic artwork. I am very much capable of being a know-it-all, but she just knows things you can’t know without being steeped in the city’s history. Towards the end we stopped later for prosecco, cicchetti, and a history lesson that was perfect. Most of all, she spoke directly with our daughter - giving her a beautiful and warm life lesson / advice that was heartwarming to hear. It really felt like we made a friend, more genuine and authentic than anything we had experienced throughout our entire trip. When we were finishing she took us to the restaurant she had booked for later in the evening, to introduce us to the owners and staff and so we’d know where it was. Had a quick several limoncello shots and concluded there. Unbelievably fun, delicious, and warm. HIGHLY recommend and can’t wait to come back to book more experiences with Nadia!
        Written June 23, 2024
      • Cruiser10038945935
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best in class tour guide who is your new best friend in Venice.
        The boat ride and tour were unforgettable. Learning the history and exploring the hidden backstreets was a special experience. Nadia went beyond the tour to make arrangements to enhance our Venice experience.
        Written June 6, 2024
      • carleight2024
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best tour guide for a private tour of Venice.
        We love Nadia and her tours! This was our second time coming to Venice and our second private tour with Nadia. We originally came in 2017 and loved her so much we booked her again. She is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to Venetian history. Her passion for her city is apparent with every story she tells. During the 2 hour walking tour she shows you secret canals and pieces of history you would never find without a local guide. We ended the tour with an hour boat ride through Venice, allowing you to see the beauty of the city by water. Our driver, Daniel, took us through the most amazing canals, finding so many hidden gems. I can’t recommend this company and their tours enough. It was the highlight of our entire Italy trip. Thank you Nadia!
        Written May 22, 2024
      • shelleysT3107MR
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Venice insider tour - A Must!!
        Nadia was amazing! So fun, so interesting! She let us in know the fun facts you would only learn from a 6th generation Venetian! We had a great tour around town (skipping the crowded public stops) and on to a great grand canal tour via private water taxi! She did help us get fabulous family photos to forever remember our experience. Did I mention, she also treated us to a coffee and pastry, walked us right in to a local pizza joint that had a line out the door that we wanted to visit after our tour? Everyone around town knew Nadia, she is a local legend! She made our Venice trip!
        Written May 16, 2024
      • Scheffod
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful experience!
        Nadia did a wonderful job of showing us the highlights of Venice with a walking tour. She was prompt and thorough and made our experience unforgettable. Even after our tour was over, I contacted her to see if she could help us navigate a taxi for the following morning and she was more than willing to help. Highly recommend her.
        Written May 14, 2024
      • JackAguero
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nadia tailored this tour to our interests and has deep knowledge of Venice
        Nadia met us at our hotel and explained the history of Venice and then tailored our tour to our interests. We needed to take it slowly and Nadia did a fantastic job of explaining everything and keeping a slow pace. She treated us to cappuccino and pastry at a table when we needed a rest. She has a deep knowledge of the history of Venice and guided us through back streets to be in the Venice with few tourists areas. We highly recommend her and this tour.
        Written May 9, 2024
      • travelbugcg
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        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        disappointing experience
        While this tour service has very few poor ratings, we should have heeded what they said as we experienced everything described by those few who had a bad experience. And given our experience, I anticipate a rather lengthy rebuttal by Nadia. We booked the "I Love Amarone" tour which is described in detail in the website. Our most expensive tour in 2 weeks while touring Italy, so we anticipated at least what we paid for.... First, the good news, she arrived on time, the private water taxi was excellent and so was the driver who transported to and from Verona from Venice, and the winery we visited was wonderful. but.....We first became uneasy when she "berated" a tour guide about a group of tourists standing along the veranda of our meeting place, making getting by a challenge. She repeated this with a tourist who she felt was standing on the balcony at Romeo & Juliet's too long... On the way to Verona she started sharing the history of Venice, but as we had just done a walking tour the day before, we told her that we were given all that information. Then she started talking about the early history of the United States, and when we told her we were Canadian, she began with a history of Canada...none of which was remotely interesting to us at this point. Upon arrival in Verona, she walked us through the historic centre and then asked us to wait at a local coffee shop while she got tickets for Juliet's balcony. Thankfully we ordered something small to eat along with our coffee given what happened for our "lunch" later. She was gone almost an hour, so long that I sent her a message on What'sApp getting worried about what was happening. When she returned she said that she had trouble getting tickets as everything was supposed to be online...that left us puzzled as to why she wouldn't know this already?? We arrive at the house, spend a short time there and then walk back to the van to go for lunch. It is now getting close to 1 p.m after a pick up at 9:30 a.m. We drive to a restaurant where she planned to have lunch and it was closed. I asked if she had confirmed and she advised she called, but couldn't reach anyone. We learned later from the winery staff that the restaurant owner was away and the restaurant was closed for a bit. She had no idea where to go from there.... everyone now looking on google search for local restaurants. I then ask what time our reservation is at the winery, she says 2 p.m. and it is now getting very late to stop for lunch. We end up at a cafe, order a small flat bread with water and then off we go to the winery. The winery experience was great and she offered to buy us a bottle of wine to make up for the issues that day, I took the offer. As we drove back to Venice, she asked us about our experience. I complimented the winery experience and left it at that, avoiding confrontation. However, she was insistent on how we felt about the tour and I responded that it could have been better organized. Rather than apologizing or taking responsibility, she immediately began defending herself and I simply stopped talking. We were to go on another tour the next day with her co-worker Linda, but she told us Linda was not available and some other person would fill in.... at that point we decided we didn't want to proceed, so told her we wouldn't be able to go, using my bad knee as an excuse. We were supposed to be able to cancel, but she advised they had already bought the palace tickets for 50 Euros, so we paid her for the tickets, and cancelled the tour. Interesting that she didn't have the tickets for Juliet's balcony, but had the tickets for the next day...but we decided we were too uncomfortable to proceed. For anyone that has had a great experience with this company - good for you and I am glad you enjoyed. However, I would never recommend this tour company to anyone. We had many other tours while in Italy and I have travelled the world... this day ranked at one of most disappointing I have ever booked.
        Written May 6, 2024
      • romic520
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        The Best of Venice.
        Nadia illuminated the magic of Venice, and what it means to be Venetian. She took us to hidden gems we never would have found on our own. She arranged a tour to Murano to experience one of the finest glass blowing studios, and to Burano for lunch at a Michelin Star restaurant. She introduced us to one of Burano’s finest lace makers, taxied us in exquisite Vaporetto’s, and helped us understand what made Venice one of the wealthiest republics for nearly 1100 years. She’s a wealth of knowledge and is worth every penny. We are eternally grateful to her.
        Written April 22, 2024
      • borisplot
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        An amazing tour
        Nadia spent 2 hours walking with us around Venice landmarks and teaching us history of this beautiful city, showing great shops and restaurant. We also spent an hour in a private water taxi. This was a great experience for us. We highly recommend Nadia.
        Written April 7, 2024
      • starman314
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic Tour!
        Our tour with Linda was a great way to kick off our vacation to Italy. We started with a walking tour of the city, where Linda explained how the city is structured and how the city was built. After that, we took a water taxi tour of the grand canal. Finally, we visited Murano and Burano and the kids even got to take a shot at blowing glass. We had a fantastic time and learned a lot about the city, The tour was definitely one of the highlights of our 11 day trip to Italy. Linda was extremely kind and professional. I was impressed by her efficiency. There was no waiting around for transportation. Linda made a phone call and the water taxi would show up at just the right moment for the next part of our tour. I would highly recommend A Friend in Venice tour with Linda to anyone visiting Venice.
        Written April 2, 2024
      • aaabaaa123456
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Murano/Burano/Torcello exclusive boat tour
        Nadia put together a wonderful bespoke trip for our family today! Our 16 year old and 21 year old were thrilled with the adjustments she made to the itinerary suit their interests. The glass artisan we visited was an exclusive find, and lunch in Burano was off the typical tourist path. Boats were beautiful. Definitely the highlight of our visit to Venice!
        Written March 21, 2024
      • Voyage36484396811
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Vote Nadia for best tour guide in Venice!
        We first met Nadia a number of years ago when my wife and i had a brief stay in Venice. This time around, we decide to take the kids and have a proper stay in Venice. Nadia as always, was exceptional. Her knowledge of Venice is excellent, her referrals to local, authentic restaurants ensured that we dined in style and my kids simply loved their Italian 'aunty'. It is quite evident that she has an amazing network of colleagues in the hospitality and tourist industry who support her (example, water taxi captains, restaurant owners, shop owners). Her connections ensure the best service at a great price and most importantly, without the need to stand in endless queues. Nadia, thank you for a stunning family vacation and most importantly for taking such great care of my daughters for the last week of their stay.
        Written January 17, 2024
      • JoWW_13
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Private tour of Venice
        This was the second time I have used “A Friend in Venice” for a personal tour and with good reason. This trip covered Burano, Murano and Venice. This was an excellent trip and Nadia’s knowledge is second to none. A thoroughly enjoyable tour covering so much. Nadia’s advice for places to visit and her explanation of Venetian culture and history provided a rich layer of experience that made the trip truly memorable. Thanks again Nadia!
        Written December 30, 2023
      • MJB702014
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Perfect two days in Venice with Nadia
        We did two tours with Nadia - Venice for Pleasure and Murano, Burano and Torcello. Nadia was recommended to us and she didn’t disappoint. Her knowledge of the city was great and she took us to the quieter, less touristy parts which we liked. She also recommended some good places to eat. She was very friendly and we thoroughly enjoyed her company and our two tours.
        Written December 12, 2023
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