This tour was absolutely fantastic. We had been to Venice before and had seen all the usual tourist things but this tour was a true "in depth" Venice experience. The wonderful guide was a native Venetian who was passionate about the history and heritage of the city. She was very knowledgeable on a broad range of subjects from the prisons of Republican Venice to the current measures being taken to preserve the city. She took us to parts of the city we would never have discovered on our own and pointed out many things that we would never have noticed otherwise. She wove historical elements into her commentary about the buildings, bridges, squares and canals we visited, making the whole experience most memorable. I would recommend this tour to anyone wishing to do more than just scratch the surface of this beautiful place.
The "skip the line" benefit of this tour becomes evident when you see just how long those lines can be! Our group was able to go straight in and was small enough so that everyone could see and hear at all times. We never felt rushed or crowded and spent enough time in each section of the Palace to gain an understanding of the building and the part it has played in Venice's history and government. The guide was very knowledgeable and fielded questions about architecture, art, history and Republican politics and customs. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting some background understanding of Venice and its history.
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