Venice Tours

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Venice Highlights

Private Guided Tours in Venice

Enjoy the splendour of Venice with our exclusive tours. Experience all the highlights, mystery and beauty of the city known as the “Queen of the Adriatic”. 

A Gondola Adventure
Step into another world and explore the quintessential essence of ‘The Floating City’ via its favourite mode of transportation: the Gondola. Traverse the charming canals and weave through the intriguing waterways to enjoy a glimpse of the glory days from long ago.  

A Venetian Wine Tour
Under the expert guidance of our professional Sommelier enjoy sampling some of finest food and wine in one of the local ‘Bacari’ establishments.  

The Magnificent ‘City of Masks’: 2 Hours
Under the expert tutelage of our knowledgeable guides learn to truly appreciate and understand Venice the way it deserves. Visit some of the lesser known historic sites and enjoy an in-depth look at the magnificent art and architecture that can be found around every corner. 

An Enchanting Evening – A Gondola Ride and Serenade    
Glide along the charming canals and waterways in style during this private gondola ride complete with serenading musical accompaniment. As the sun sets across the lagoon, you’ll relish the stunning views and enjoy the gentle breeze as it ushers in a romantic evening for two.    

Glorious Venice in a Day (or Two or Three)
Take advantage of our expert personal guides for the ultimate exploration of the ‘City of Canals’. Be entertained by the stories and the history behind this magnificent world as told by your own walking-talking fountain of knowledge!   

The Original Grand Canal Experience
Experience the magnificent Grand Canal in this truly unique way complete with luxurious water transportation that will whisk you off to the most breath-taking views, famous film locations, and grand palaces. Hear all about the mystery, intrigue and scandals that have been born from this sumptuous landscape, and enjoy a taste of the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

Islands of Glass – Masters of Murano 
See the ancient art of glass making in one of Venice’s most illustrious artisan glass workshops. With a personal skipper and guide accompanying you aboard a luxury motorboat, glide through picturesque canals out to the lagoon, and then on to the island of glass.

An Evening with the Ghosts of Venice 
The darker side of this medieval town is full of chilling tales and mysteries. Where prosperity and power abounds so do the rumours and scandals. This evening walk explores the city after dark and recounts the stories of the souls who may never leave.  

About Venice

On the northeastern cost of Italy is a cluster of 117 little isles on the Venetian Lagoon connected via around 400 bridges and interlaced with canals. Collectively this is known as Venice (or Venezia in Italian).

Mid-way through the 2nd millennium BC, this area was said to have been populated by the Veneti people. During Roman times, a series of invasions in the nearby settlements sent refugees fleeing to Venice, increasing the population significantly.

Several attacks on the city ensued throughout the next 500 years or so, leaving their own marks on the city. Still, being a somewhat geographically isolated port city saw Venice acquire increasing independence, and wealth.

Venice went on to become a great centre of trade and commerce.

By the mid-500s, Venice had a number of ports and even its own system of government. From the late 600s, the Republic of Venice was established, rendering the city greatly powerful right throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

To celebrate success in a battle in 1162, the Venice locals held great celebrations. These were then repeated on the anniversary of this important date, going on to become known as Carnivale – the Carnival of Venice. The use of costumes and masks became a way of celebrating but also, during harder times, allowing the locals to forget their woes for a period.

Venice also went on to became known as an important musical city, particularly for operas and symphonies.

Breathtaking stunning, it is no surprise that Venice has inspired a great number of artists and architects, rendering Venice an artistic and architectural hub.

Today, around 270,000 people live in Venice. The majority are on the mainland (176,000), whilst around 60,000 are in the historical city centre and approximately 30,000 on the surrounding islands. The city and its lagoon are both listed as World Heritage Sites.

It is commonly known as “La Serenissima” and the “City of Bridges”, as well as for being one of the most romantic cities in the world.

On a decent visit to Venice, you’ll need around three days. One day just to become marvellously lost, one day to visit the glass-making island of Murano, another to see the sites and possibly go for a gondola ride.

 

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