Brilliant tour with a small group ethos. A great way to see the inner workings of 'The Republic'. Book the early tour and beat the crowds in the general public area before getting the behind the scenes look. I think this is deliberately limited to small groups so you get to see rooms and other special secret places (I won't spoil the surprises!) without getting crushed. Another radio/headphone presentation but behind the scenes you don't need these. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and easy to talk to, answered all our question.
This was an enjoyable, informative tour. My only hesitation in recommending it is there are too many people (28) booked for one guide even though we had radios/headsets. The large number meant you could hear her but not always see her. I took the tour in late April, I believe Venice was moderately crowded then, I certainly wouldn't want to be taking it in the high season as I think you would literally get lost in the crowd.
The guide is a Venetian, passionate about her city and full of wonderful stories.
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