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5 historical facts to take on your Venice walking tour

Venice might be better known for its canals, but don't forget to explore its winding streets for what many might consider a local's perspective. Here are five fun facts to bear in mind.

Many of the streets are accidental

Venetian houses tend to face the canal, so many of its haphazard streets arose simply as gaps between buildings. The narrowest is Ramo Varisco, at only 53cm wide!

The church towers have many talents

Venice's church towers, or "campanili," do more than just sound the hour - they've historically also been used as lighthouses and fire guard stations.

Venice has over 400 bridges

Think you won't see enough of Venice's canals on a walking tour? Think again! The city has 431 bridges to traverse. The Rialto Bridge dates back to the 16th century.

It only recently got its first female gondolier...

Despite having over 400 gondoliers in a tradition that dates back centuries, Venice didn't get a female gondolier until 2010!

Photo: london road @ Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

...But the first woman to graduate was a Venetian

Visit the Palazzo Loredan to see the birthplace of Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, who, in 1678, received a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Padua.

Planning Your Visit

Can I combine a walking tour and gondola ride?

Walking tours are a great way to see the city, but it wouldn't be Venice without a ride along the city's canals. Fortunately there are several walking and gondola tour combination packages to choose from, with prices starting from €43.

How do the free tours work?

If you're visiting Venice on the cheap then you might choose to opt for a free walking tour. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there is a catch! Remember your guide does this for a living so bring some cash in order to pay what you think it was worth at the end. If you don't, be prepared to shuffle away sheepishly!

What People Are Saying About Venice

Great way to beat the queue's for both experiences & great information

A great tour guide, informative and helpful, Fascinating facts on the history of Venice given to us in the Doug Palace, from when the merchant's came and trade began to Venice today and its competitors around the world. The Basilica is the most stunning building you can enter, and as part of this trip you get to sit and admire it's golden beauty whilst learning about its many years of construction, bellisimo as the Italians would say

Superb! Saw areas we wouldn't have seen and great fun.

Michaela, our guide, was informative, friendly and good fun. Saw places we wouldn't have done and went to places that the locals go to. Would definitely recommend.

Venice: Prive Walking Tour with Cicchetti and Wine Reviewed by Beverley, 12/31/2016

Very informative guide and excellent gondola ride

Our guide Matteo was very informative and seemed to know a lot of history and detail about Venice. Although the gondola is quite touristic, it s a must when in Venice.

Secret Venice & Gondola Tour Reviewed by Christienne, 12/30/2016

Excellent way to see and taste Venice, past and present.

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Francesca, we learnt so much, and really got a feel for the city and its inhabitants.

Fantasic...fantastic...fantastic...fantastic

Excellent guide, with a lot of humor and knowledge about the city architecture and the historical monuments :):):) Amazing !!!

Doge's Palace & St. Mark's 3.5-Hour Tour Reviewed by Youlian, 11/30/2016

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