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Get off the beaten path in Venice and explore the colorful spirit of the city!


Get off the beaten path in Venice and explore the colorful spirit of the city!

Tour Description

Take a stroll through the “other” side of the Grand Canal in the romantic and authentic Venice sestiere (district) of Dorsoduro. Let our professional guide show you this fascinating part of the city. A world all its own, this area is often overlooked by other tours of Venice. If you are looking for winding ways, passages and hidden gems, galleries, restaurants and local color this intimate glimpse of Venetian culture is perfect for you.

You will see Ca’Dario or the Palazzo Dario, a beautiful castle with an intriguing history of murder and mayhem that has befallen many unfortunate owners of this illustrious property. Then, you will also visit the site of the Fondamenta degli Incurabli, or Canal Bank of the Incurables. Following your guide you will learn the interesting history of this Renaissance hospital/orphanage that provided music education for its young conservati (orphans).

Ernest Hemingway was a visitor to Venice, and you will see Harry’s Bar, where he wasn’t opposed to tipping a glass or two of Prosecco. Also on our tour is the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, or the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. You will be awed by its location on the Grand Canal, its terrace and Istrian stone façade. We will also see the famed Palazzo Contarini-Fasan (Contarini-Fasan Palace), home of the noble Desdemona, and perhaps the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Othello.

Optionally, you can also take a romantic gondola ride. Conducted by a local gondolier, you’ll enjoy a pre-arranged gondola ride through the quiet back canals. There will be no guided commentary, and an intimate mood. Each gondola seats six people. Marvel at the ancient buildings that hug the banks and experience the essence of Venice.

This tour books quickly, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for information and reservations at [email protected].


What is included

Official Licensed Guide
Entrance Fees

Details and Important info

Duration: 2 hours
Operating Days: Everyday
Meeting Point or Pick-Up: Provided upon booking
Optional pick-up from your hotel/accommodation/airport or any other location
Language: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian
Tour Type: Private
Start Time: Customizable

Highlights & Sites visited

Palazzo Dario
Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
Fondamenta degli Incurabli
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni
Architectural Palazzo Contarini-Fasan
Ponte dell'Accademia

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