A stroll in Venice: through art, history, artisans and flavors
To stroll between calli and campielli, to snoop in the markets, to dream about the way of living in a faraway past, to spy an enchanting courtyard through a key-hole, to peer in a church, to drink a “ombra” in a “bacàro”, to follow a celebrity’s footsteps, to take a picture with a breath-taking view: discover Venice as you like
Itinerary of this private walking tour:
This tour can be customized to any itinerary you desire that meets your needs. The walk may include more than one sestiere/district and of course, a visit to a museum or one or more churches. It can be enriched with a visit a mask making shop, which will give us the chance to talk about Carnival, or perhaps a glimpse at one of the remaining “squeri”, gondola boatyards that still keep the secret of the virtuosity of the shipbuilding techniques. We could introduce something that touches on the more flavorsome side of Venice, or rather its succulent culinary specialties, a stop in a bacàro to taste the mythical “ombre” (literally shadows or small servings of wine) and cichéti (local tapas).
So, not only important works of art: above all common people’s architectures, secret corners, picturesque sceneries, namely the most typical sites that only a local Tourist Guide can reveal to you in order to help you appreciate the true spirit of the city.
Just to mention a few notable monuments, that we could meet on our way, excluding San Marco-
Itinerary between Santa Croce and San Polo: the magnificent gothic Frari Church, real coffer of priceless works of art, for instance Pala Pesaro by Giovanni Bellini , the Assumption by Tiziano, the statue of John the Baptist by Donatello; the Scuola Grande of San Rocco, the great seat of the confraternity so much celebrated by the genius of Tintoretto.
Itinerary between Castello and Cannaregio:
starting from the Arsenal area, the forge of the mythical galleys of the Venetian fleet, we will walk to the largest church of the city, Santi Giovanni and Paolo, official pantheon, where most of the Doges and historical celebrities were buried; and then the Church of the Miracles, authentic jewel of first Renaissance architecture and the gothic Church Madonna dell’Orto, where Tintoretto rests in peace; we could even reach Sacca della Misericordia with a view over the Casinò degli Spiriti; Campo dei Mori and the Jewish Ghetto.
Itinerary in the Dorsoduro district:
a stroll along the Zattere, a beautiful promenade with a splendid view over the Giudecca canal with a “gianduiotto stop” in one of my favorite gelato/ice-cream shops; Squero San Trovaso, a gondola boatyard; the imposing Chiesa della Salute, designed to become the crown of the Virgin, who freed Venice from the plague of 1630; Punta della Dogana, the ancient custom point that is today the new seat of François Pinault’s Foundation, a paradise for contemporary art lovers.
Tour duration: from 2 to 4 hours or even longer for the bravest ones- much depends on the itinerary chosen and the number of churches, museums, monuments you wish to visit.
Notes: Entrance tickets must be paid on the spot.