THE INSIDERS’ HEART OF VENICE
A WALK INTO THE CENTRAL CORE OF VENICE
ON THE FOOTSTEPS OF PAST AND PRESENT VENETIANS
The tour operates:
TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS
FROM 2.30 UNTIL 5.00 PM – FROM
MAY 1ST UNTIL OCTOBER 31ST
Meeting point and meeting time:
2.30 pm – St. Mark’s Square, by the exit of the Doges’ Palace
(see picture below)
Cost : Euro 60 per person
(minum booking 2 people)
Number of participants : maximum 8 people
Duration : 2,5 hrs.
NO DRESS CODE FOR THIS TOUR (just good legs and good shoes, the tour includes quite a lot of walking!)
From St Mark’s Square we walk in the old theater district, passing by the famous Gran Teatro la Fenice, the celebrated Opera House, newly rebuilt after the 1996 fire which greatly damaged it.
Then, in the steps of Antonio Vivaldi and Casanova into the Sant’Angelo and San Samuele districts, once renowned for theaters, music, and world famous artists such as the inventor and textiles’ designer Mariano Fortuny, Spanish by origin and, like many others, Venetian by adoption.
In our day, there is Alberto Valese’s art shop ‘Ebru’, with its magic paper creations, based on an ancient Turkish technique, carries on the local tradition of highly skilled craftmanship.
We’ll use the popular “gondola shuttle” to cross the Grand Canal at San Toma’, and explore the Sestier di San Polo (one of the six neighborhoods of Venice), passing by the house of Carlo Goldoni, the greatest Venetian playwright, who based his witty comedies on everyday life in 18th century Venice, still successfully staged today.
By the Rialto Market area, wewalk into the former red light district (prostitution was legalized here in 1358, but is illegal in the Italy of today !
The colorful food market area we pass through is enlivened by stylish wine bars and cafés lined along the Grand Canal where locals and foreigners linger over their prosecco.
We finish the tour at the foot of the Rialto bridge… your guide will make sure you get back easily to St Mark’s Square, only few minutes away, and will show you where to get the best gelato in town !