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Explore top landmarks in Venice with a private guide during this half-day tour. Customize the itinerary according to your interests and visit city highlights including St. Mark’s Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and Doge’s Palace. See a glass-blowing demonstration in Murano and climb aboard a gondola for a private ride.
Take a course on mask making from a master artisan in Venice, and learn about the history of this ancient tradition. You can choose from a production class or a decoration class, or you can even take both. In the production class, learn how to make your own papier-mâché mask, and in the decoration class, you can paint or use materials to decorate your mask. No matter which option you choose, you get to bring home your creation—just in time for Carnival.
Swap the schedules and historical focus of conventional tours for a private walking tour of Venice with a local who’ll show you the city like a friend. Tell them what you fancy doing, and enjoy a personalized tour enriched by their grassroots knowledge. Explore often-overlooked neighborhoods; discover sights and eateries favored by locals; and get transport and cultural pointers to help ensure you get the most from your visit.
Get an inside peek into the world-famous glassblowing factories of Murano on a 2-hour escorted tour. Meet your guide in central Venice, and ride a water bus across the Venetian Lagoon to the colorful island of Murano. Get a private glassmaking demonstration from a master craftsman, and enjoy time to browse the factory showroom featuring finished works of art. Finally, attend your choice of hands-on workshop to create a take-home piece of jewelry or mosaic using authentic Murano glass.
Learn the secret to making great pasta during a private cooking class in Venice, taught by a “cesarina,” or home cook. Follow three regional recipes and discover tricks of the trade. Each participant is equipped with utensils and ingredients at a personal workstation during the 3-hour lesson. You’ll prepare authentic Italian pastas, then taste each delicious dish, accompanied by a selection of local wine.
Mask making is one of the most important crafts in Venice and a fundamental part of the city’s historic Carnival celebrations. Take a deep dive into this unique Venetian artform with this workshop that takes place over two days. Spend the first session creating your mask in papier-mâché using traditional techniques and the second painting and decorating it while you learn about the 800-year history of mask making.
Follow three authentic Venetian recipes during a private cooking class and learn the tricks of the trade from a 'cesarina,' or home cook, in Venice. Each participant is equipped with utensils and ingredients at a personal workstation during the 3-hour lesson. You’ll prepare 'cicchetti,' or small plates, then taste each delicious dish, accompanied by a selection of local wine.
Get an inside look into the centuries-old art of glassblowing with a factory tour on Murano Island, home to the world’s finest artisan glass. Tour the facilities at Colleoni Glass Factory and watch a master craftsman shape molten glass through a combination of heat, blowing and sculptural techniques. Visit the factory showroom to see beautiful finished works of art, and receive a special Murano glass souvenir to take home.
Visit the must-see Murano glass factory during this tour in Venice. With a guide providing insightful commentary, you'll learn all about the glassblowing process. Watch a demonstration of the art itself by a master craftsman, then hit the gift shop for some discounted souvenirs.
Kayak through the historic canals of Venice on this eco-adventure tour. Following your expert kayaking guide, paddle through the canals that are known as the arteries of Venice. Learn about the history and culture of the Italian city through your guides' commentary while getting a unique aquatic perspective. Participants of all levels are welcome; no kayaking experience is necessary. Instruction and use of all equipment is included.
See where the world’s most famous glass is made on a private tour and workshop on the island of Murano. Ride a private water taxi from your hotel across the Venetian Lagoon to the pretty, colorful island, where you’ll visit a renowned glass-making factory. Learn how the candy-colored glass is blown using traditional methods, and create your own one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry using authentic Murano glass beads.
For this private mask-decorating workshop in Venice, arrive at a traditional atelier, and get a blank sand-colored mask that’s ready for your artist eye. Use feathers, sequins, and other materials to make a masterpiece. Your guide will share facts about the history of mask making and can also show you some great techniques to use. Afterward, you’ll get to bring home your decorated mask.
Most tours only visit Venice’s historic Jewish district in passing, but this specialized guided walk takes you to the heart of Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto. Discover hidden corners of the city and little-known palaces and bridges, and listen to an overview of Jewish culture and traditions in Italy. The tour conveniently ends in the neighborhood, so you can opt to visit the museum and synagogue on your own.
Explore Venice’s grandest attractions by land and water all in one afternoon on this great-value combo tour. Step inside the opulent former seat of the mighty Venetian Republic on a skip-the-line tour of the Doge’s Palace, and then discover the island’s hidden historic treasures on a guided walk along winding streets and canals. Glide through these famous waterways on a classic Venetian gondola ride, and then explore a trio of museums in St. Mark’s Square at your leisure with an included ticket.
If you’ve already hit the main sights and are thirsting to uncover another side to the history-packed city, then this Venice walking tour has got you covered. Escape the tourist track and immerse yourself in local culture in the sestiere, or district, of Cannaregio, an off-the-beaten-track neighborhood filled with artisans. You’ll also visit the former Jewish Ghetto as you learn about the city’s overlooked dark chapters.
Venetian masks have a long and storied history: during the republic’s heyday, they were used to conceal the identities of residents who engaged in decadent activities. In their masks, peasants and noblemen were equal. Make your own Venetian mask (yours to keep), adorned with sequins, ribbons, and other fineries, under the tutelage of a local artist. All materials are provided.
See a different side of Venice with this off the beaten path walking tour, including the Jewish Ghetto and Cannaregio. Follow your private guide to these two lesser-known neighborhoods away from the city center crowds. Learn about the area’s history and hear stories about how Venetians live today. This private tour can be customized according to your interests.
Discover the secrets of homestyle Italian cooking with this half-day culinary experience in Venice. Travel by ferry to the open-air Rialto Market to shop like a local for fresh, seasonal ingredients with the help of a professional chef. Then, learn how to prepare authentic regional dishes with a cooking lesson inside a historic Venetian palazzo. Get tips on food and wine pairing from a sommelier, and savor your homemade feast along with excellent Italian wines.
Experience the vibrant food culture of Italy during this 6-hour private tour in Venice. Start out by exploring the local markets in search of some of the best Venetian products. Then get hands-on experience with a private cooking class to create a delicious Italian meal. Enjoy the fruits of your labor as you eat your 3-course meal which is perfectly paired with red and white wines from the region.
Learn the secrets of glassblowing during this activity in Venice. On the island of Murano, visit the Glass Factory Showroom near St Mark's Square to see examples of this highly specialized glass art, beloved by collectors the world over. Learn about this technique's origins in the Roman Empire from you guide, then watch a glassblowing demonstration by a Master Artisan. Walk away with a small Murano glass souvenir.
Capped at eight people for a personalized experience, this private walking tour covers the highlights of Venice in a single stroll—the perfect introduction for first-time visitors. Beat the crowds with skip-the-line admission tickets to Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica, and save the hours-long wait for more sightseeing. You’ll also head to the history-packed Bridge of Sighs during this scenic Venice crash course.
See how master artisans are carrying on the Venetian tradition of glassblowing with a private tour to the island of Murano, famous for producing Europe's finest blown glass for centuries. Cruise across the Venetian Lagoon aboard a luxury water taxi, and tour a historic workshop with a personal guide available to answer all your questions. Watch a live glassblowing demonstration and admire one-of-a-kind glass treasures in the factory shop.
Designed to delight children and adults alike, this private 2-hour mask-painting workshop offers insight into an important Venetian craft. Under the guidance of a resident artist, you’ll choose a mask from more than 50 different styles and decorate it according to different techniques. While you work, your guide tells stories of traditional masks and their function in society. A minimum of four people are required for this activity.
Bring home a unique souvenir from Venice—a mask you created during this mask-making masterclass. Choose from more than 60 types of masks, and then set out with paint and other materials to decorate your guise. Your instructor tells you all about the history of mask making and even gives you some tips on techniques to use. This class also offers an upgrade option with a walking tour of Venice.