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5 historical facts to take on your Venice walking tour

Venice might be better known for its canals, but don't forget to explore its winding streets for what many might consider a local's perspective. Here are five fun facts to bear in mind.

Many of the streets are accidental

Many of the streets are accidental

Venetian houses tend to face the canal, so many of its haphazard streets arose simply as gaps between buildings. The narrowest is Ramo Varisco, at only 53cm wide!

The church towers have many talents

The church towers have many talents

Venice's church towers, or "campanili," do more than just sound the hour - they've historically also been used as lighthouses and fire guard stations.

Venice has over 400 bridges

Venice has over 400 bridges

Think you won't see enough of Venice's canals on a walking tour? Think again! The city has 431 bridges to traverse. The Rialto Bridge dates back to the 16th century.

It only recently got its first female gondolier...

It only recently got its first female gondolier...

Despite having over 400 gondoliers in a tradition that dates back centuries, Venice didn't get a female gondolier until 2010!

...But the first woman to graduate was a Venetian
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...But the first woman to graduate was a Venetian

Visit the Palazzo Loredan to see the birthplace of Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, who, in 1678, received a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Padua.

Planning Your Visit

Can I combine a walking tour and gondola ride?

Walking tours are a great way to see the city, but it wouldn't be Venice without a ride along the city's canals. Fortunately there are several walking and gondola tour combination packages to choose from, with prices starting from €43.

How do the free tours work?

If you're visiting Venice on the cheap then you might choose to opt for a free walking tour. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is a catch! Remember your guide does this for a living so bring some cash in order to pay what you think it was worth at the end. If you don't, be prepared to shuffle away sheepishly!

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Memorable experience made possible by a wonderful guide!-Stefano

I am an enthusiastic amateur photography( and travel) enthusiast. Stefano , our guide and a native Venetian and professional photographer, provided my wife and me with a memorable experience as he guided us through the byways of Venice. He provided me many tips on improving my photography while introducing us to Venice through the eyes of a native. In our 3 hours we experienced most of the well known landmarks while also seeing beautiful nooks and crannies that the average visitor would miss without a guide like Stefano. Because we were out on the early side, the crowds were minimal. I highly recommend a tour with Stefano who is as warm and humane as he is knowledgeable.

Private Venice Photo-Walk with Photographer Guide Reviewed by Richard, 10/07/2019

Great Guide...cheerful and very informativr

We were in a group of 25 and our guide Francesca started right on time. She was a very knowledgeable lady who passed on information with humor and a smile. It is a long tour with many steps so perhaps not for any one with trouble climbing 300 year old worn staircases! We were very pleased that we took this tour as we would have missed so much if we had guided ourselves. Bypassing the ticket office alone must have saved 45 mins. It was very emotional walking over the bridge of sighs remembering all the prisoners walking to death. Well done Francesca...you made our visit to your lovely city come to life.

Very knowledgeable guide. An interesting tour.

I have no further comment regarding the tour, however, could I suggest that 2 separate tours are listed during the booking process, one with, and one without the tower climb instead of having to tick a check box in the tour description. Needless to say, we fell foul and were not able to climb the tower.

Great tour. The guide was very informative and pleasant.

Excellent tour. The guide was very informative and knew her history and answered all questions with ease. She was also very pleasant and likeable. The only criticism at the start is the TOUR sign was put up a little late so we were a little anxious until we found the right tour group.

Venice: Doge’s Palace with Bridge of Sighs Reviewed by Debra, 09/16/2019

Excellent guide, great delivery mixing the facts with a little humour!

The Doge’s Palace is very dark and repetitive. So if your on a time limited day trip, you may be better served by giving it a miss and throwing in a boat trip or two. As let’s face it it’s the best way to experience Venice!