10 unique things to do in Venice
Hence, here are 10 unique things to do in Venice by choosing Venice City Tours, among them we have listed other “tips” alongside the essential steps. [...]
The torment of prisoners
The three forms of punishment practised against prisoners to corret their wrongful conduct in Venice: pleadings, tortures and galleys. [...]
5 Non touristy things to do in Venice
With a ridiculous amount of things to do, and an obscene millions of tourists, it’s a great idea to be a well-organised tourist while looking for non touristy things to do in Venice. The Venice City Tour app has itineraries to bring you on self guided tours of to all the mega tourist spots in Venice, and also less famous but just as beautiful sites. A classic place to visit in Venice is Piazza San Marco. [...]
Lords of the prisons
The "lords" of the new prisons in Venice were the guards, the Lords by night at the Criminal and the most important, Council of 10. [...]
What things to do in Venice during Carnival 2020
One of the greatest festivals on earth, and certainly the most stylish one begins on 9th February and runs until 25th February - it is, of course, Venice Carnival 2020. As… [...]
The new prisons
The new prisons were fundamental to the maintenance of order in Venice and were the first buildings in Europe built specifically for realization of judicial and custodial functions. [...]
Venice Carnival Origins
The origin of Venice Carnival is still uncertain. What it is sure is that its initial affirmation is based on three specific moments: between religious celebrations and wars.

Three years: 1094, 1162, 1296. These are the historically documented year of the first period of development of Venice Carnival. [...]

Venice and the Age of the Carnival myth
In the 18th century, in Venice,  ‘noblemen no longer wear their togas of office, the women have asses black from all the pinches they get: there is enough joking and luxury you can’t image: religion is going down the drain’ Angelo Labia poet, priest and member of a Patrician family lamented in a journal of this period. Labia’sVenice was a very strange place indeed; its peculiar type of decadence had no contemporary equivalents, and it is highly unlikely that anything remotely similar to it will appear again. By any commonly accepted standards, eighteenth 18th century Venice was a society gone mad. [...]
Casanova and Venetian noblemen: the Carnival icons
The quintessential Venetian libertine was Casanova, the son of a Venetian actor and a shoemaker’s daughter. As he stated in his autobiography, “My Life and Adventures“ Casanova’s purpose was simply pleasure, and his greatest pleasure was sex, preferably with a new woman. [...]
Torcello the Byzantine island
Torcello was already inhabited in Roman times probably only as a retreat of some noble family, later was abandoned when the surrounding lagoon got silted up. [...]
What Bloggers and Tourism Experts say about us?
On this section you can find posts of bloggers who has tried our tours and local experiences: they tell the quality and uniqueness of our products. In addition there are also some interviews to Venice Tours CEO made by experts of Tourism sectors [...]
The Causes of the Venice High Tide
Why does the Venice High Tide happen? The Venice High Tide occurs because of the sum of several factors, which we can bring together in two broad categories: meteorological and astronomical. [...]
WHAT TO DO DURING THE VENICE HIGH TIDE
You can face the problem of Venice High Tide in autumn and winter (usually from November to March). It can be very annoying, especially if it’s your first time in Venice and you would like to live its famous romanticism. But, it’s not a huge problem and your holiday will remain an unforgettable experience in one of the most fascinating city of the world. [...]
What’s Venice High Tide
What's Venice high tide? Have a look at this article! [...]
Venice High Tide: What to do what NOT to do
The Venice High Tide will not ruin your holiday, because it’s just a 2 hours event and in many cases it consists in few cm on some places of the city. We provide a list of suggestions and tips to follow during this unique phenomenon. If you follow them, you will enjoy the Venice properly even if with the High Tide. [...]
St. Mark's Square - the history of Venice
St. Mark's Square (San Marco, in Italian) is one of the most important, beautiful and fascinating places in Italy, famous worldwide for its beauty, its magic and its architectural integrity. [...]
The Venetian Schools - A primitive example of voluntary work
In Venice the word "School" has two completely different meanings: the first is the one common all over the world and which identifies a place where teachers teach and students learn; the second, which is the subject of our study, indicates a building where, in the Middle Ages, people who had in common the same art or craft, the same nationality, the same devotion to a saint, gathered with the aim of doing "good deeds", and for a moment let's try to think about the religiosity of men in 1300 when doing a good deed ensured "credits" for Paradise... [...]
The lagoon of Venice: almost 6000 years of history
The Venice lagoon or Venetian Lagoon is located in the Northern Adriatic Sea, along the coasts of Veneto region, has long been under UNESCO protection. [...]
Palazzo Grassi in Venice
Palazzo Grassi, located in campo San Samuele and facing the Grand Canal, was the last palace built before the end of the Venetian Republic, in 1772. [...]
Venice Carnival Top Balls Features
Dress up as a Venetian noble and experience an unforgettable night. After the welcoming cocktail on the ground floor, a special dinner prepared by a chef awaits you on the baroque noble floor of the palace. The evening will be livened up by opera singers and Dance Masters that will teach you period group dances. [...]
The 6 top free events of Venice Carnival 2020
Have a look at the most popular free events in Venice of Carnival 2020! [...]
The best things to do in Venice
It is no surprise that Venice is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world, having around 20 million visitors each year, you'll find it hard to discover a more sought after place. The real challenge of visiting… [...]
Guggenheim
The museum is probably the most important in Italy regarding  american and european art of the first half of the XX century. It hosts works by Picasso, de Chirico, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Miró, Klee, Ernst, Magritte, Dalí e Pollock and by many others in the areas of Dadaism, Cubism, Futurism and Surrealism. [...]
The hidden gems of Venice
Considering that the island of Venice isn’t one of the biggest places in the world you’d be surprised with how many “gems could be hidden here. [...]
The ancient feast of the "Sensa"
It was the day of the Ascension in 997 when Doge Pietro Orseolo set sail against Istria and Dalmatia, conquering them. To commemorate this fortunate feat, which ensured the Doge the title of Duke of Dalmatia, the most solemn of the Venetian feasts was established, the famous Ascension Day, Sensa in Venetian. [...]
High tide in Venice?
Among the various characteristics that make the city of Venice original all over the world, high tide appears at the top of the list. [...]
5 fun things to do in Venice during Carnival
It is almost time for the Venetian Carnival which starts on the 9 February and runs until the 25 February 2020. As usual there will be lots of fun things to… [...]
How to make a Venetian Carnival Mask
The Venetian mask has a long history stretching back almost 1,000 years. Nobody knows for sure, when or why the tradition of wearing masks began, but there is a lot of speculation. The history and origins of “the mask” is as mysterious as the mask itself. What is acknowledged to be “the truth” by many scholars and historians is that the tradition of mask wearing began in the 13th century, but then again, some say there is evidence of mask wearing as early as 1094. [...]
Best places to visit in Venice during Carnival 2020
Venice Carnival is one of the most famous carnivals on the planet, and its signature costume, the Venetian mask is definitely one of the most recognisable pieces of outfit anywhere. Everyone has seen one, whether in real life, or more probably, on television or in a blockbuster movie, where the masks can look kind of spooky. Venice Carnival 2020 is a great opportunity for everyone to see the masks in real life – but be warned, some of them really are kind of creepy. This is especially true for the Medico Della Peste mask,which is the Black Death Doctor mask – scary! But besides being wowed by the beautiful masks which cover the city during Carnival there are lots of places to visit during Venice Carnival 2020, and here a just a few suggestions! [...]
How to pick the right Venice self guided walking tour
So you’re going to Venice and have decided to opt for self-guided tours rather than putting up with super tedious, super slow guided tours? Good idea! But with a myriad… [...]
Venice Carnival during the 1700
The official passport to the Venice Carnival was the Domino, a bizarre costume that combined the mask Bauta, a hood of velvet silk  and a three-cornered hat. [...]
The Fondaco: Ponte di Rialto and ties between Venice and the Germans
The Fondaco dei Tedeschi is a 15th century palace, which has turned it into a luxury shopping centre. [...]
Venice Historical Regata along the Canal Grande
On Sunday, September 2nd, you will experience a colourful, picturesque and stunning marine show which will enliven Venice’s waters; the most amazing fact is that you will admire it from your gondola! The origin of the “Historical parade” dates back to 1489 when Caterina Cornaro, Queen of Cyprus, abdicated and came back to her native land. For this historical reason the competition is preceded by a unique procession, the “Corteo Storico” – historical parade – remembering the entrance of the Queen into the city. [...]
Venice Carnival Mask: a brief history
In a city where there seems to be a mask shop on every corner, it may be surprising to learn that the ancient Venetian craft of mask making was only revived about forty years ago. [...]
Saint Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco, in Italian)
Venice has only one square or piazza: St.Mark’s Square, a 170 meter-long trapezoid which differs from all other squares that are called ‘campi’ (fields). [...]
The style of Vivaldi and some curiosities about his masterpieces
Vivaldi innovated deeply the music between the 1600 and 1700 changing completely the Italian baroque music. He revitalized the formal and rhythmic structure of the concerto adding many harmonic contrasts and unusual melodies. His style was considered exuberant and was appreciated by both the public and the expert musicians. [...]
Venetian Violins
Venice has had a fundamental role in the history of music, in particular for the classical and baroque music.

The Venetian Liuteria (art of realization of string instruments as violins) is another artisan excellencethat has characterized the history of Venice during the centuries. [...]

History and Curiosities of Venetian Classical Music
Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice on 3 March 1678 from a humble family who came from Brescia.
He is one of the best Italian composer and violinist of the Venetian baroque music who has influenced all Europe with its music. He brought many innovations in the fields of violins, concerts,choral works and operas.
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The Music during Republic of Serenissima
A great musical culture has always characterized Venice especially between the 1500 and 1800. 
Many famous travelers and writers as Rousseau, Goethe or Wagner narrated about concerts and theincredible musical vivacity in the city, particularly during the famous carnival that lasted six months!
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Private Gondola Ride
To discover Venice resting back on a private gondola ride gliding across the water, like a real Venetian of the past, is to immerse oneself in a completely new dimension, to look with new eyes at the unique Venetian palazzi that seem to hover in the water. [...]
Carnival Balls
The offer of parties, events and entertainments during Venice Carnival is very rich. The different proposals are so peculiar that anyone can find his ideal party, ranging from romance to excesses, from history to pure entertainment, from vice to gourmet events! [...]
Venice Carnival History
In Venice in 1094 Doge Vitale Falier was in power. In this period the first edition of the Carnival of Venicebegan unconsciously, as a public celebration to honor the days preceding Lent. Everything is reported in an official document so that the tradition could be followed. But it took long time before the Venice Carnivalbecame a proper festival, ending the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. [...]
The Sarde in Saòr
You cannot leave Venice without having tasted one of the trademark dishes that blends into one the city’s marine flavour and the aroma of the islands’ orchards: sarde in saòr. [...]
The History of Venice
Discover the history of one of the most charming and beautiful cities in the world! [...]
Venice and the Belle Epoque, the foreigner Simmel and Monet
The old and the new clashed frequently, and were never to be reconciled in the twentieth century. Nor was Venice able to escape the vilification and ambivalence that appeared in the interpretations in the early century . But the old Serenissima was not yet dead: indeed there was renewed fascination with the eighteenth century. [...]
Gondola's History
Though opinions vary regarding the etymology of the word, it is certain that the name appeared for the first time in some 1094 documents. [...]
Venice Foundations
The history of Venice begins with the twilight of the Roman Empire, when barbaric invasions drove the inhabitants of the Venetian coast towards the islands of the lagoon. [...]
Punta della Dogana
Punta della Dogana separates the Grand Canal from the Giudecca Canal. For its strategic location it was the house of the Custom and of the Salt Warehouses. [...]
The Clock Tower
The Clock Tower, or as it is usually called Moors Tower, is one of Venice landmarks. [...]
Harry's Bar and Ernest Hemingway
There is no doubt that the intensity of warfare in the Veneto district overall, and it echoes in Ernest Hemingway’s novella Across the River and Into the Trees, published in 1950. Although not the greatest of Hemingway’s writings, there is nevertheless undeniable poignancy in its account of the survival of a beautiful city after war. [...]
The Lion and Theodore
Once the basin of San Marco was the sea port of Venice and those who came by ship could admire the impressive unique architecture of Palazzo Ducale, seat of the Venetian power, and… [...]
Burano, the island of lace-making
Burano is no doubt the most colorful island in the lagoon of Venice, the facades of its houses are painted pink, blue, green, yellow, indigo.
The inhabitants decided to paint their houses to give fishermen a way to see their homes when they returned from fishing and fog enveloped the island. A very popular landmark, painted in a plethora of bright colors, is “Bepi’s house“.
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The Bellini
Bellini is one of the most classy, precious and famous cocktails. The recipe is very simple: peach fresh juice and champagne. [...]
The Redentore Day
The Redentore Day is one of the few Venice holidays that Venetians really feel as their own. [...]
Murano: the Pearl of Venice
Formerly called Amuranium, the island lies North-East of Venice, facing the Fondamente Nuove and can be easily reached by vaporetto (the public boat-transport service. It was, along with other islands in the lagoon, a safe haven  for the people of Veneto region, fleeing from the barbarian invasions. [...]
Steps on the water
Venice counts more than a hundred islands, intersected by about 150 canals, linked together by more than 400 bridges that originally consisted of wooden planks because they served the passage of horses in use in Venice in 1400. They were later built in stone and brick, protected by side espaliers. [...]
In the Shade in San Marco
The building of St.Mark’s Bell Tower (once used as a lighthouse) begun in XI century but the current look was reached only between 1511 and 1514. [...]
Venice Quarters: i Sestieri
One of the many peculiarities of Venice is the way the city is structured. The city is divided into 6 areas called Sestieri (from latin word “sex” = six). [...]
A city on the water but without fresh water
As Venice was surrounded by salt water but didn’t have drinking water due to its hydro-geological characteristics, wells were built all around the city to collect rainwater. [...]
Gondola
You cannot leave Venice without having admired the city from another perspective, without filling your eyes with the sight of magnificent buildings reflected on the canals, of dusk light floating on water, you can’t leave Venice without experiencing the magic and the relaxation of a gondola ride. [...]
The Bucintoro: the golden ship
On the origin of the name many pages have been spent, we report here that of Prof. Siega, "Dictionary of the Veneto lexicon etymologically and curiously commented" Finegil editorial, which seems to us the most accredited; the name would derive from Buzon, Bonzonus which stood for navis; Buzon d'oro or golden ship from here became the Bucintoro. [...]
The Rialto Bridge: one of the symbols of Venice
Venice has four bridges that cross the Grand Canal: the Rialto Bridge, the Accademia Bridge, the Ponte degli Scalzi Bridge and the Constitution Bridge known as the Calatrava Bridge. The Rialto Bridge is the oldest and was the only connection between the two banks of the Grand Canal. [...]
"L’ Arsenale"
"L’ Arsenale" is located in S. Martino in the Sestiere di Castello. Among the various meanings of the origin of the name we report that of the Masons that seems more relevant and that is dock, a word of Arabic origin that indicates the place where the ships are manufactured and stored. [...]
Art and professions in the Dorsoduro Sestiere
Are you looking to avoid crowds and the usual touristy walks? Do you want to hear Venice’s primitive pulse, by exploring a true gem of Venetian art and one of… [...]