Guided Walking Tour of Palazzo Grimani

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2.5 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Walk through Marco Polo's House and the Malibran Theatre
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Grimani Palace and the Bovolo Staircase from the inside
  • Visit the famous Acqua Alta Bookshop
Step into an architectural gem of a Venetian palace, marvel at a breathtaking staircase and explore the most hidden corners of Venice.
What to Expect
This tour is a gem among Venice’s tours, designed to step into a real and hidden Venice, the one that still exists but that not too many people see during their trip. Prepare for a journey between present and past, stepping from an old palace to the thriving “Acqua Alta” bookstore, from the traditional “campi” to the architectural miracle of the Bovolo Staircase. A local guide will take you along this walking tour, sharing stories and historical facts of Venice.

The tour will take you to discover the most beautiful and least known areas of Venice. You will discover gems such as Marco Polo’s house, learning about the famous Venetian traveler and his epic journey.

Malibran Theater is another must-do stop, the theater that was inaugurated during Carnival in 1678 and quickly became one of the main and most extravagant Venetian stages.
The walking tour will proceed to one of the most beautiful and thriving “campo” of Venice: Campo Santa Maria Formosa. From here, a tiny alley will lead you to a particular bookshop named “Acqua Alta” (meaning “high water” in Italian). This name perfectly incarnates the essence of this place and Venice itself, with piles of books (new and used) arranged in very unusual shelves: boats, gondolas, canoes, tanks and wherever it is unthinkable to store them. The piles almost reach the ceiling and its old-looking chandeliers, while the old encyclopedias became steps of a creative staircase.
Strolling along the "shelves" are the bookstore’s 4 cats, who roam and peacefully and rest on the printed books.

After this unusual and almost unreal experience, you will proceed to a picturesque, yet almost unknown, palace of Venice: Palazzo Grimani.
The beautiful palace was the residence of the Doge Antonio Grimani, and was expanded in the mid-sixteenth century by the Patriarch of Aquileia, Giovanni Grimaldi. An educated man and avid collector of classical art and archeology, it's said that he personally designed the building’s features. You will visit the interior of the building, including the peculiar Tribuna that originally contained more than 130 ancient sculptures, among the finest of the collection. This extraordinary space, once enclosed on three sides, illuminated from and inspired by the Pantheon, was the true focus and ultimate goal of the itinerary through the rooms that precede it. 

Stepping away from such unusual wonder of Venice to an architectural beauty hidden into a tiny alley not far but away from the too crowded areas of Venice is the Contarini Bovolo Staircase. It's one of the most unique examples of Venetian architecture in transition from Gothic, well-rooted in the local culture, to the Renaissance. Its spiral staircase is very impressive, and the view that opens from its top is amazing too. You will see St. Mark’s Bell Tower, Basilica, Doge’s Palace, a 180 degree view over Venice’s wonders and roofs that will hardly be forgotten.
This impressive staircase was commissioned by Pietro Contarini, presumably around the end of 1400 in order to decorate the façade of the adjacent Palace of San Paternian owned by the illustrious Venetian family.  After more than a decade of closure to the public, you will have the honor of climbing its steps and arrive at the top to absorb the fantastic view.
What's Included
  • Tour guide
  • Walking tour
  • Guided tour inside Bovolo Staircase and Palazzo Grimani
  • Entrance fees to Bovolo Staircase and Palazzo Grimani
What's Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Tips
  • Entrance to Marco Polo's House
  • Entrance to Malibran Theater
Meeting Point

In front of Goldoni Statue in Campo San Bortolomeo. Please be sure to get there at least 15 minutes prior to tour starting time.

What to Remember
• No refund will be accepted for no shows or late arrivals
• The tour will also take place in the rain; in the event of exceptional high tide it might be cancelled and refund will be provided.

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