During the Renaissance, Venice was a major maritime superpower and home to a flourishing artistic and cultural scene. Peel away 500 years of history to discover what daily life was like for Venetians with this fascinating 3-hour tour. Make your way to the designated meeting point in central Venice and set off on a walking tour with your guide, a Renaissance scholar.
Discover how to read clues to the city’s history and former inhabitants, such as the names of canals and bridges or symbols carved over a doorway. Learn what residents lived in various neighborhoods, and gain insight into the customs, fashions, etiquette and even sex lives of ordinary Venetians during the 14th and 15th centuries.
For a glimpse into the lives of the aristocracy, visit the opulent Ca’ d’Oro palace (entrance at own expense) where you can wander rooms decorated in period furnishings and get an immersive sense of the era’s interior design trends.
If time allows and the group is inclined, you may finish your tour at a costume and fabric history museum housed in the Palazzo Mocenigo (entry fee not included in tour price). Here you can view an impressive collection of historic textiles and clothing that illustrate the Venetian taste for luxury and elegance. Learn about the important role that attire played in various levels of Venetian society during the Renaissance, and view displays that depict scenes from daily life throughout the centuries.