Explore the seductive side of Venice on a guided walk that takes you on a visit to some of the noted sites from the city’s decadent past. Learn about the vice, nobles, lecherous personalities, and prostitutes that made Venice infamous in the 18th century.
What to Expect
Through the centuries Venice has seen its share of famous love affairs, treachery, and debauchery. On this 2-hour private walking tour (priced for a group of up to 8 persons) you’ll discover some of its seductive secrets and see some of its more hidden sites.
During the tour your local guide will show you a different face of Venice, as you get in touch with the secret soul of the city. Hear tales of nobles, courtesans, extravagant traditions, and peculiar characters such as Giacomo Casanova.
Your private guided tour begins in Campo San Bartolomeo, near the Rialto Bridge and under the statue of the famous Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni, who described the moral decadence of the 18th-century Venice Republic like no one else.
Cross the Rialto Bridge on your way to the Camerlenghi Palace, where taxes were collected. Notice the unusual decorative element on the gate, depicting a particular part of the female anatomy covered in flames, and clearly showing how closely related sex and money were related at that time!
Next you’ll head to Campo San Giacometto, one of the most ancient areas of Venice, home to the famous Rialto Market, and often mentioned by Giacomo Casanova in his writings.
Following a visit to the Rialto Market you’ll stop at the Alle Do Spade osteria to enjoy a tasty cicchetto (an appetizer of fried meat or fish) and a glass of wine as you listen to stories of libertine Venice in one of the oldest and most famous taverns in the city.
Pass through the winding alleyways of the Castelletto quarter, once known as the red light district of Venice, where prostitutes used to entertain their clients. Continue on to the Palace of Bianca Cappello, mistress and then wife of Francesco I, Grand Duke of Florence.
Right behind the Palace you’ll see the famous Rio Terà of Carampane, a sort of retirement house for prostitutes, and the Bridge of Tits, named after the peculiar view that it used to offer.
Visit the palace where the poet Frederick Rolfe (known as Baron Corvo) used to live his lecherous life.
The final part of your tour is dedicated to the annual Carnival of Venice. Visit a mask shop near Carlo Goldoni’s house and hear some interesting stories about the most crazy and ruthless tradition of the city.
What's Not Included
- Entry tickets
- Tasting at the Alle do Spade osteria
San Bartolomeo Square, in front of the Goldoni statue
Know Before You Go
This tour operates year round (subject to availability).
No credit or refunds will be given in the case of no-shows (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher). It is recommended that you locate the departure point in advance in order to avoid being late.
French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
Maximum: 10 people