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Private Secret Venice Tour

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From: $43.27

 

TOUR DURATION

2 Hours

START TIME

02:00 pm

mon, TUe, Wed, Thu, fri, sat

MEETING POINT

Rialto bridge, more details at booking

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Your guide will meet you at the outstanding Rialto Bridge for your Private Secrete Venice Tour. Your journey features a two hour walking tour of the beautiful San Polo Sestriere.

Your tour will start immediately: beginning your visit from the stunning Rialto Bridge is a perfect way to understand what Venice can offer you! The original bridge was built in wood and it was destroyed many times before the actual stone one was erected at the end of the 16th century. Today this is the emblem of Venice!

From the Rialto Bridge you will straightaway reach the Rialto area famous for its ancient market established in 1097. The market was very popular and for centuries it contributed to the wealth and growth of Venice. A terrible fire destroyed the area during the 16th century, luckily the beautiful Church of San Giacomo di Rialto survived and today it is a perfect example of the splendor of this quarter. Your guide will walk you through the beautiful little streets of the Rialto until you will reach the heart of the stunning San Polo Sestriere. Here your guide will unveil in front of your eyes the beauty of one of the oldest Venice’s districts.

Your next stop will be the Chiesa dei Frari, one of the most famous churches of the lagoon and a unique example of Italian Gothic Style. This Franciscan Church has a simple exterior made of brick to remind to the visitors the austerity of the Order. However the inside of the church will offer you many stunning pieces of art like two paintings by the Renaissance master Titian or the first Donatello’s Venetian work.

From here you will be free to continue to explore on your own this wonderful city!

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Expert local guide at disposal (2 hours)

– Chiesa dei Frari entrance fees

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Visit of Chiesa dei Frari

– Rialto Bridge

– San Polo Sestriere

– Rialto Market

– Church of San Giacomo di Rialto

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced in Churches. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts.

– The tour is not fully accessible for wheelchairs or people with walking disabilities.

Departure point:

Rialto Bridge

Duration:
2 hours

Return details:
Chiesa dei Frari

Private Venice Jewish Ghetto Tour

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From: $56.25

 

TOUR DURATION

1 hour 45 minutes

START TIME

09:00 am

11:00 am

02:00 pm

mon, TUe, Wed, Thu, fri, sun

MEETING POINT

Rialto bridge, more details at booking

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Your guide will meet you at the spectacular Rialto Bridge for your Private Venice Jewish Ghetto Tour. Your journey features a one hour walking tour of the unique Cannaregio Sestriere and a 45 minutes visit of the incredible Venice’s Synagogues and Jewish Museum.

Your tour will start immediately while your guide will unveil in front of your eyes the beauty of this charming city. Starting your visit from the stunning Rialto Bridge is a perfect example of what Venice can offers you. The bridge was built originally in wood and it was destroyed many times, the famous bridge that we can admire today it was erected only at the end of the 16th century. Today this is the emblem of Venice!

You now will head to the Cannaregio Sestriere. This district was mostly developed during the Renaissance so what you will experience is a very different Venice compared to the medieval one. Your guide will bring you around where once artists like Titian and Tintoretto came for inspiration!

Your next destination is the Venetian Ghetto established in the Cannaregio Sestriere during the 16th century. Part of the area was closed with gates and controlled by guard in order to be sure that no Jews could leave the district between sunset and sunrise. The Venetian Ghetto is one of the less touristic area of the city. Your guide will show you the different architecture features of this area with its taller building and unique synagogues.

Your tour will bring you to visit the distinctive Venice’s Synagogues, built on top of other buildings in order to respect the law which forbade to build separate synagogues. From here at the end of the tour you are free to continue exploring the fascinating Venice on your own.

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Expert local guide at disposal (1 hour)

– Synagogues and Jewish Museum entrance fees

– Synagogues and Jewish Museum guide (45 minutes)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Visit of Venice’s Synagogues

– Visit of Jewish Museum

– Rialto Bridge

– Cannaregio Sestriere

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

– The dress code for men and women is strictly enforced in Churches. No shorts, bare shoulders or miniskirts.

– The tour is not fully accessible for wheelchairs or people with walking disabilities.

Departure point:

Rialto Bridge

Duration:
1 hour 45 minutes

Return details:
Jewish Museum

Rialto – Venice

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The Rialto is part of the San Polo Sestriere famous for its market and the Rialto Bridge. The area was the first inhabited one of what it will became the city of Venice. The banks of the canals were higher than in other parts of the lagoon so it was easier to settle here. At the beginning of the 9th century after Pepin the Short tried to invade the lagoon the government was moved from Malamocco in Rialto; the area was considered a safer place. When the power was transferred to the Doge’s Palace Rialto became the commercial center of Venice. In 1097 the market was moved here and the area grew in importance. Many warehouses were built, shops and banks too. The market was very popular for the spice trade, until the Spanish and Portuguese opened the route to the Americas it contributed to the wealth and growth of the Serenissima. Its decline coincided with the one of the city.

At the beginning of the 16th century a devastating fire destroyed almost all the edifices of the Rialto zone; among the important buildings only the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto survived.

Today this is one of the most famous area of Venice. Every year thousands of tourists explore its narrow streets, enjoyed the many shops and of course photograph the unique Rialto Bridge; the views from this bridge are among the most photographed in the entire worlds.

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However in Rialto is still possible to have a taste of the real Venetian life. Trying one of its characteristic Osterie is in fact a unique experience. These place have maintained their original atmosphere; sitting in one of their little tables visitors stay next to real Venetians. Order a glass of local wine and some cicchetti (small snacks) and embrace the life of this charming city!

Rialto Bridge

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The Rialto district was one of the first areas of Venice where people settled. It developed quickly and became an important economic center in the city. Banks, shops and vendor stalls congregated here while merchants from all over the world came to trade charcoal, wines, seeds, jewels and many other things. This richness of activity convinced the government of the Republic of Venice to connect the business district to the political district, leading to the inception of the Rialto Bridge.

The very first Rialto Bridge was made of boats moored to each other. This system lasted until the 13th century as it was not very convenient; if the boats needed to move, it was a tedious process to remove the planks that connected one boat to the other. An actual wooden bridge was built but the wood quickly decomposed and the bridge collapsed. Many other wooden bridges were built over time with the same result –or worse, they were destroyed by fire. Unfortunately, at that time the construction of wooden bridges was easier and cheaper than the alternative.

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It was not until the 16th century that Venetians finally decided to build the bridge out of stone. Many famous architects such as Palladio, Sansovino and Michelangelo offered their designs for a new bridge with several arches. In the end it was the proposal of Antonio Da Ponte, with only one arch, that was chosen in 1588.

For a long time, the Rialto Bridge was the only bridge on the Grand Canal, however now there are four. The Ponte dell’Accademia and the Ponte Degli Scalzi were both built during the 19th century while the last bridge, the Constitution Bridge, is very recent –it was inaugurated in just 2008!

Very often criticized in its day, the Rialto Bridge has survived floods and thousand of tourists and Venetians alike crossing it every day. Today, the Rialto Bridge is one of the emblems of the city; it can be seen on nearly all advertisement for Venice and is often used to illustrate anything related to the city of Venice.

Venice

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Venice, sometimes referred to as the “Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia”, has always been a fascinating city. In fact, it is considered one of the most fabulous cities in the world, looking like no other with its canals and colored palaces built on the water. Its carnival in February is, of course, something not to be missed: each year the city maintains this traditional carnival that originates from the Middle Ages and during which people compete with the most beautiful of costumes and masks.

The original population came to Venice in the early 5th century in order to escape from the invading barbarians. Many refugees escaped the mainland and increased the preexisting population of fishermen, turning Venice into a thriving trade city. During the decline of the Roman Empire, Venice became the property of Byzantium. The first person to uphold the traditional role of Doge was Paolo Lucio Anafesto, nominated in 697, but he was considered more of a Byzantine official. It was not until 727 that a real Doge, Orso Ipato, was elected. The decline of Venice started during the Renaissance period when the rival city of Genoa became more powerful thanks to the discovery of the North America. In 1797, the territories of Venice were shared between Austria and France then in 1866, Venice joined the Italian Unification, leading it to where it is now.

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Venice is composed of six different districts: Cannaregio, San Marco, Castello, Santa Croce, Dorsoduro and San Polo. The city is built on more than 100 hundred islets made of mud, with more than 400 bridges to allow people a cross the different canals that run through the city. The three most famous Venetian bridges are: the Accademia Bridge, the Rialto Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs.

Nowadays, Venice attracts thousands of tourists each year and organizes many events and festivals such as the International Architecture Exhibition between June and September, the Carnival of Venice in February, or the International Venice Film Festival in September. Unfortunately, the fate of this legendary city is in great question: many plans have been made to save it from the rising waters and pollution but its future is still uncertain.