Spend a leisurely 2 hours exploring the world-renowned highlights and tucked-away delights of Venice. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure to suit your schedule, and then meet your guide in central Venice near the Accademia Bridge.
Follow your expert, English-speaking guide through the quieter streets and piazzas of Venice. As you walk, your guide will captivate you with histories of Ca’Dario, the cursed (and possibly haunted) house whose owners have continuously met untimely and often suspicious deaths. You’ll learn why music schools around the world are called ‘conservatories’ at Fondamenta degli Incurabili, the hospital where monks took orphans from the streets and trained them as nurses and world-famous musicians. And at Redentore Church, your guide will help you to imagine the huge festivals that once flowed from here to Piazza San Marco, gondolas filling every inch of the canals for huge firework shows.
Along with local legends, you’ll hear some tales of familiar characters. You’ll see Harry’s Bar across the canal where Ernest Hemingway once kicked back after a long day of writing. You’ll see the home of Peggy Guggenheim, the heiress who lost her father to the Titanic but gained the means to build one of the world’s most interesting art collections. (Back in her day Peggy used to scandalize the locals by sunbathing naked on her roof and parading around town with a pack of tiny dogs on leashes.)
Ever heard of Othello? You’ll see the house where Desdemona supposedly lived before her tale was transcribed by an Italian author and stolen by a man called William Shakespeare.
For a romantic finish to your tour, climb aboard a classic Venetian gondola and enjoy a 35-minute ride through the city’s famed canals. As your expert gondolier navigates the watery ways, soak up the passing sights of historic palaces and homes that line the canals, and get a glimpse into daily life in this magical city.