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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
Photo: london road @ Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

...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!

What people are saying about Venice

Exceptional and memorable tour of Venice

My family thoroughly enjoyed this tour with Stephano. Before we even set off on the tour, we were contacted by a lovely professional lady and owner of the company, regretfully can’t recall her name. Thank you for all your kind support in arranging the tour with Stephano. As a local Venetian, professional photographer and warm and kind soul, we really enjoyed seeing Venice at first light and uncovering all the hidden gems, canals, history, etc. he even bought my family coffee and pastries and took the time to teach us techniques on how to use both camera and iPhone cameras. When mosquitoes were bothering my daughter, he took us to a supermarket to purchase mosquito repellent. Showed us places to visit and restaurants to eat in. We have photos and memories that will last a lifetime and many more. Thank you Stephano for your expert guidance, your professionalism and warm and kind spirit!!! Hope to stay in touch.

Fantastic and interesting way to look around Venice.

Luigi, our guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and took us to a lot of places we otherwise wouldn’t haven’t ventured to. This meant it was a lot quieter up until the end when we walked around the streets to St Mark’s Square which suited us perfectly. He got in touch with us beforehand finding out our interests to tailor the tour and checked in with us the previous day with ideas and suitability. An excellent experience and such a good thing to do on our first morning as we then had time to revisit places if we wanted to.

Venice: Private Tour with a Local Guide Reviewed by Philippa, 09/13/2019

Worth it for an authentic Venetian experience

For those curious we had an amazing plate of cheese, olives and meat to start - all local. Then a couple of local sweet pastries, followed by tapas style dishes and finally some ciccheti at an amazing local bar. Alongside this we got a good walking tour round areas we hadn’t seen yet. Lovely host too! Great stuff.

Professional, personable and enthusiastic for her home city.

Totally lovely young lady, Ilaria escorted us to great views, and hidden treasures. She was open to changes and offered options that also fit into our allotted time. She is an intelligent, passionate and forward thinking young person who fit perfectly with me and my sons. More like her!

Venice: Private Tour with a Local Guide Reviewed by Caroline, 06/29/2019

Elizabeth was extremely knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor

We did the walking tour, St Marks Cathedral and Doges Palace and all of it was with Elizabeth. She was extremely knowledgeable, really knew her stuff and gave us lots of little information bites along the way. Highly recommended

Venice: Guided Walking Tour Reviewed by Anthea, 09/01/2019