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Tickets for Venetian Ships Pavilion & The Castello District: Skip The Line + Guided Tour

Walk with guide through historical Venice

Riva degli Schiavoni



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  • Escape the downtown crowds and see a totally different side of Venice. With your expert local guide, you’ll get to the one part of the city where residents still outnumber tourists
  • Skip the line into Venice’s Ships Pavilion where you’ll get a real flavor of the maritime history of this great city. Originally built in the 16th century as an oar workshop and storehouse, the building now houses boats of great historical importance, including the Bucintoro, the Disdotto, and the funeral Gondola used for the rulers of Venice (Doges)
  • Admire the stunning mural paintings by Renaissance master Carpaccio in the School of San Giorgio degli Schiavoni. The paintings focus on the lives of Dalmatia’s three patron saints – St. George, St. Jerome, and St. Trifon


This revealing two-hour walking tour takes you off the beaten path into some of the smaller squares and back alleys of the real Venice. Taking in the Castello district and the Arsenale, you’ll get to see some amazing hidden gems on your way to the remarkable Venetian Ships Pavilion.

Looking for a fun adventure away from the crowds in stunning Venice? Then this is your ticket to just that! This is an enthralling two-hour stroll through the fascinating Castello district, starting from the Equestrian Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II on Riva degli Schiavoni just a few blocks from St. Mark’s Square.

This tour focuses on the real Venice, taking in the labyrinth of side streets and small squares in the gorgeous Castello district, around since at least the 8th century and arguably still the most intimate part of the city.

You’ll learn all about the area, see the ominously named Calle della Morte (Street of Death), where death sentences were passed by the ruling Council of Ten during the Venetian Republic; the School of San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, where you’ll see wonderful paintings by Venetian master Carpaccio; gaze upon the glassmaking island of Murano, and more.

Passing by the huge naval military complex of the Arsenale (still used by the Italian military), you’ll also get to know about the famous naval commanders and merchants of the Venetian Republic, before finally reaching the majestic Ships Pavilion, where you’ll walk straight in and find the magnificent warships that made Venice such a great maritime power.


Riva degli Schiavoni
Riva Degli Schiavoni 4171, 30122 Venice, Italy


What's included?

  • 2-hour guided tour in English around the area of Castello and the Ships Pavilion
  • Admission fees for the Ships Pavilion
  • Skip the Line entrance to the Ships Pavilion
  • Gratuity or tip (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drink

Additional information

Admission Information

  • Flash the ticket on your mobile phone at the meeting point
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour
  • The tour ends inside the Ships Pavilion
  • In case of emergency please call +390415239979 / +393493054767

Meeting Point

  • The meeting point is in front of the equestrian monument of Vittorio Emanuele II (facing the water) along the Riva degli Schiavoni.

Getting There

  • By boat (Vaporetto): Get off the boat No. 1 at San Zaccaria. You will see the monument from the boat stop.

  • By Foot: Make your way to Saint Marks square and passing Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doges Palace. You will arrive at the water front, turn left passing the Doge's Palace and cross two bridges. Along the water front you will see the monument in front of you, along the Riva Degli Schiavoni. This is our meeting point.

  • By water taxi: Hotel Londra Palace the monument is in front of the hotel.

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it was amazing. Could have spent all day there!!!!!!!!!!!

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Super. A must see absolutely !

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A great experience would definitely recommend it.

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