A selection of iconic itineraries for curious travelers:

First time in Venice

This is a guided tour to discover Venice for the first time: you will see the center of Venice with its intricate maze of streets and the less visited areas. In St. Mark’s square we will visit the basilica adorned with rare marbles and mosaics from various periods, the Doge’s palace, the clock tower, the campanile and Rialto Bridge with the amazing view of the Grand Canal. You will hear about the history of the city, how Venetians live today and will get information about the typical cuisine. I will help to orientate yourself in the city and plan the rest of your Holiday in Venice.

Duration 2-3 hours.

Rialto, Venetian merchants, spices, courtesans and banks

This is a visit to discover the old trade center of the Serenissima Republic: the Rialto bridge with its stores, the Grand Canal and its palaces, the fish market. You will hear the story of the ancient banks and Venetian merchants, of the spice routes, you will see Marco Polo’s house with the story of his travels to China along the Silk Road. You will see also the ancient area of the Venetian courtesans.

Duration 2 hours

Walks in ‘Minor Venice’

These are two Venetian itineraries in the most authentic part of Venice that will allow you to enjoy the quiete and less touristic areas of Venice.

– Visit to the sestiere of Castello, ancient area of the arsenalotti and Venetian sailors: the monumental entrance to the Arsenal, the church of San Francesco della Vigna with its rich pictorial and sculptural decoration and the campo dei Santissimi Giovanni e Paolo, one of the most beautiful in Venice. You can visit a Venetian traditional mask-maker atelier during the tour. Duration 2 hours                                        

-Visit to the Dorsoduro district, rich in art galleries and typical craft stores: the Accademia Galleries, the ancient Dogana da Mar, the church of Santa Maria della Salute, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the Frari church. Duration from 2 to 4 hours including visits to museums, churches or art galleries.

Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto

This guided tour of Venice takes place in the Cannaregio district, one of the most characteristic areas of Venice with large civil and religious buildings.

You will see the house of Tintoretto, the church of Madonna dell’Orto where the Venetian painter was buried and the ancient Jewish Ghetto. In the jewish Ghetto of Venice the international Jewish community of Venice lived for almost three hundred years, building five synagogues, still existing. Even today there are kosher restaurants, typical bakeries and many monuments related to the history of Jewish community in Venice. Duration from 2 to 3 with visits to the church of Madonna dell’Orto or to the synagogues.

Visit to the places of foreigners communities in Venice

This is a guided tour to discover the foreign communities that lived in Venice, becoming part of the history of the Venetian Republic. This Venetian itinerary will take you to discover in the districts of San Marco and Castello the places where these communities lived and will let you know their history. You’ll see the places of the Armenian community, the area of the Greek community with the church of San Giorgio dei Greci, and the Dalmatian community with a visit to the Scuola degli Schiavoni with the cycle of paintings by Vittore Carpaccio dedicated to St. George and St. Tryphon. Duration from 2 to 3 hours including visit to churches and confraternities.

For these guided tours contact me: fiorellapagotto@gmail.com