On the foot steps of Casanova and Veronica Franco
Stories and gossip from the past
This tour is a nice walk through the city centre during which you will become acquianted with some notorious Venetians and the free customs of an open minded society. You will listen to stories where they took place and you will enjoy specialties like chocolate and some finger food with a glass of wine.
Adventurous life and aphrodisiac food
The meeting point is in St Mark’s Square, the public living room of the city, where you’ll learn about Casanova, Venetian casinos and the “bella vita” at the time of the Serenissima Republic. But we will also talk about criminal justice and the use of masks to remain anonymous.
After a stop at the best chocolate shop to taste the “new food” imported in the middle of XVI century from the Americas, we will reach the area where Marco Polo lived, called Corte del Milion.
Rialto bridge with its market was the “hustle and bustle” of the city, where busy merchants sold goods from all over the world. Not far from here was the “red light district” where prostitutes worked and in XVI, due to a lack of clients, pleaded the bishop for support!
Rialto market is also the right place to stop for a good glass of wine and try a delicious local finger-food before we conclude our walk with the best coffee in town.
Rialto market is open in the morning (07,30-12,30) from Tuesday to Saturday but the tour can also be arranged on other days and times.
Meeting point: St Mark’s square, right at Porta della Carta, the exit door of the Doge’s Palace.
Activity level is light but we recommend to wear comfortable shoes.
Tour duration is three hours.
Tastings are included in the tour price!