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Secrets of Venice Carnival and Life of Casanova Tour

1. Secrets of Venice Carnival and Life of Casanova Tour

Meet your English-speaking guide in front of La Fenice opera house for a walking tour that follows in the footsteps of Giacomo Casanova, and travel back to the Venice Carnival of the 18th century. To set the mood, your guide will be dressed in traditional Venetian costume, and will acquaint you with the story of the Venice Carnival, then and now. Learn the history of the masks, once used to hide the wearers' identify, and hear how they are made. Admire elegant costumes from the 17th century, now worn to parade through the streets at Carnival time. See luxurious costumes worn by people attending one of the many Grand Balls that take place in private palaces. Your guide will talk about Casanova as a great lover, adventurer, extravagant, Freemason, and servant of the establishment. Born in Venice, he grew up in the San Samuele area, and you will walk through the narrow calle (alleys) that pass his home and the house of the poet Giorgio Baffo, who introduced the young Casanova to worldly pleasures. Learn about the Ridotto, the 1st Casino in Venice, where Casanova would meet the Venetian aristocracy. Hear fascinating stories about the courtesans who also played a part in making the city as animated as possible. Experience an alternative walking tour, filled with desire and passion, pleasure, and entertainment. End the tour in a typical Caffe approx 10 mins walk from St Mark’s Square with a hot cappuccino and typical Venetian Carnival cake called a “frittelle”, only made during the Carnival period.

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Venice City: Center Walking Tour

2. Venice City: Center Walking Tour

Discover the most unusual and characteristic corners of Venice on a charming walking tour of the historic city center. Wander through the back streets to find the hidden squares between St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. Set off from the Campo San Moisè near St. Mark's Square to learn the history of the city and get acquainted with the local dialect. Stop in front of the amazing opera house of La Fenice and hear about its glorious but troubled history. See the Renaissance masterpiece of the Bovolo Staircase on the outside of the 15th-century Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo close to Campo Manin. Make your way back towards the Rialto Bridge across the Grand Canal and discover how it became the commercial heart of the city. End in Piazza San Luca, just a short walk from the Rialto Bridge.

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What people are saying about San Fantin Church

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Very authentic

We had booked spontaneously, a Venetian led us through the streets of the city and told a lot of exciting and interesting things about the city, its history and its inhabitants. A tour that was fun, not overloaded and conveys a lot that is not on the Internet or a travel guide.

Fun in Carnival

All went well, our guide was interesting, knowledgeable and entertaining, despite having "la grippe." But he didn't return us to the drop off point, he abandoned us in a cafe somewhere in Venice, we knew not where.

Our guide, Gloria, was very friendly and professional. She told us several interesting things about the city of Venice, it was a great way to get to know a little more about the city.

Informative and fun

Thank you Lorenzo, we had a great experience on your tour, so friendly and informative enjoyed meeting other people on tour would highly recomend many thanks Fiona and Caroline

Excellent! A must do!

This is the second time I have been on Lorenzo’s tour and I strongly recommend it! Really enjoyable!