Venice, Italy

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Discover Venice’s hidden neighborhoods and maritime history on a 2-hour Castello and Venetian Ships Pavilion walking tour. With an expert guide, explore the charming Castello district for glimpses into the real city. Learn about everyday life here in the squares and 'calli' (streets) and then visit the Arsenale, Venice’s shipbuilding powerhouse during the Middle Ages. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the Ships Pavilion, the 16th-century oar workshop and storage facilities, and admire the collection of ships, including ceremonial barges and warships. Numbers are limited to 15 for a more intimate atmosphere.
  • 2-hour Castello district and Venetian Ships Pavilion walking tour, with an expert guide
  • Learn about Venice’s maritime history and everyday life in today’s city
  • Walk through charming Castello, the city’s largest residential neighborhood
  • Explore the hidden calli and squares, including the Calle Della Morte (Street of Death)
  • Visit the grandiose Arsenale, once home to Europe’s most important and productive shipyard
  • Bypass the main lines at the Ships Pavilion to see its historical barges and warships
  • Numbers are limited to 15 people for a more personalized experience
Meet your guide near the Vittorio Emanuele II monument and start your tour. A maritime republic during medieval times, Venice, or 'The Serene One’ (La Serenissima) dominated sea trade between Europe and Asia.

Each sight on route illustrates Venice’s historical maritime and economic power, and offers insight into everyday life in today’s city. 

Delve into the residential neighborhood of Castello. Hear about daily life here as you explore the charming calli and squares, including the Calle Della Morte (Street of Death), where people condemned to death were murdered during the Middle Ages.

Visit the San Giorgio Degli Schiavoni School, home to works by 16th-century artist Vittore Carpaccio, and see the Church of San Francesco Della Vigna on the way to the Ponte del Cristo bridge.

Cross over and gaze at Murano and the San Michele cemetery island before taking the walkway around the Arsenale, once Europe’s most important shipyard.

Head inside the complex and uncover its history as a shipbuilding powerhouse during the Middle Ages. Then, make your way to the Ships Pavilion, once the oars workshop and storage facility, and skip the main lines to see its collection of boats.

Admire the historical vessels, including the Bucintoro, the doges’ ceremonial barge; and learn how and why they were used, gaining insight into Venice’s bygone maritime power.

Your tour concludes here.


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, Nov 2017

Fascinating off the track tour. Fabulous guide.

, Oct 2017

Good tour, excellent and enthusiastic guide. Recommended

, May 2017

We were extremely lucky as we were the only two booked on the tour so we had our lovely guide Sylvia all to ourselves. She was very entertaining and knowledgeable and led us through a maze of streets in Castello, telling us about legends and folktales all the way. The rain was dismal but Sylvia was not deterred and kept us interested for 2 hours. Some lovely churches to visit and finally the Ships Pavilion which was small but interesting. Be prepared for a long walk and wear comfortable shoes!

, Oct 2016

Lorenzo was early and we set off. His knowledge was fantastic, and he really knew Castello, and lives in this district. We learnt a huge amount abut this amazing district of Venice and left all the crowds behind. He showed us jewels like the convent garden. Our finale was the museum, which if you like boats is really interesting, especially the royal motor barge and the ww1 motor torpedo boat with its triple marinised aircraft engines. If you like history, architecture and seeing hidden jewels and away from the crowds, I highly recommend this trip.

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