What you cannot really miss: art, history and handicrafts in Venice and the islands
Do you want to enter the most authentic soul of Venice? This is what I'll get you to reach: an overlook on the main highlights of the city, the Rialto bridge, the elegant palazzi, a stroll around the small typical streets to the market of Rialto. It's then time to catch a waterbus and go to Burano, the most colourful island of the lagoon. We'll visit an ancient atelier where the local ladies still produce the famous handmade LACE. Another cruise in the lagoon and we will arrive in Murano:since the 13th century this island has hosted the glass blowers workshops. After a stroll along its narrow streets I will take you off the beaten paths to one of the hidden and GENUINE glass master's workshop, where we have the opportunity to see how glass is shaped to become a masterpiece.
On demand it's possible to organize an aperitive with local food and wine surrounded by the works of art made of glass, watching the masters at work.
This tour can be done also by private watertaxi exploring the canals, ask me for info
Venice has been an independent city-state and the richest Country in Europe for over one thousand years. We'll go along the most peculiar streets to discover how it has become so efficient and wealthy. I will show you the hidden districts where nowadays the Venetians live, the most lively street markets, so as the elegant palaces of the old aristocracy. We will see the St. Mark's square with the Basilica and the Doge's palace, and as well the iconic Rialto Bridge. After a cruise in the lagoon (about 55 minutes) we'll be in Burano to visit a lace laboratory and the typical colored homes along the islands. Again on the vaporetto (the public waterbus) for 40 minutes to Murano, the island of the glass blowing artists. After visiting a real glass factory and learning all the secrets of this fascinating art, we will go back to Venice.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At your hotel if it is in Venice city centre. At the railway station or at the closest waterbus stop.
Any meeting point can be agreed and managed on demand.
End location: At the railway station or close to the Rialto Bridge.
Duration: 6 hours
Depending on the weather conditions and the amount of tourists the navigation to the islands may take sometimes longer. When waterbusses are crowded we may have to travel standing. In case of extreme high tide it may be difficult to reach Burano, I'll change the itinerary accordingly and take you to see other typical handicrafts.
Walking tour and public waterbus
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 Euro - Tickets for the waterbus (7,50€ single fare), we'll need 3 tickets in total. I suggest a daily card (20€ for 24 hour validity)
You may wish some drinks and snacks along the walking tour.
I'm not a professional driver: I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.
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Daniela gave us great stories behind each important place we visited, she was very kind and fun. Took us to the more local spots so we enjoyed our experience from a different point of view. She even go out of her way to take us to a very fine restaurant with a more local cuisine. Thank you for this wonderful experience.