• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Step back in time 500 years with this Renaissance history tour of Venice. Your guide, a Renaissance scholar, will lead you on a 3-hour walking tour of fascinating historical sites while illuminating what daily life was like in the city during the 14th and 15th centuries. Visit a palace to get a glimpse into aristocratic homes of the era, and learn about the fashions, habits and romantic lives of former Venetian residents.


  • A 3-hour tour with an emphasis on the daily life of people in Renaissance Venice
  • Meet your scholar-guide and stroll around the city, learning how people lived over 500 years ago
  • See signs all over the city that reveal what ordinary life was like in centuries past
  • Learn about Renaissance Venetians’ clothing, personal hygiene, sex lives, etiquette and leisure time

What You Can Expect

Daily Life in Renaissance Venice

Renaissance Venice

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.

Customer Reviews

June M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

A very late review, my apologies to Susan our guide, who was an Art Historian - It was totally fascinating. In addition, with the agreement of the other 2 in the group, Susan tailored the tour to include art and churches that would help my daughter who was about to study Renaissance Venice as part of her Art History degree. Susan's delivery of information, the tour and the examples and detail she would call up on her iPad, made this the best guided tour I have ever been on.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Actually I was the only person on the tour so my guide gave me a 3 hour custom tour visiting some places that were not on the itinerary - which suited me just fine! Erika was an excellent guide and had lots of great historic details to answer all of my questions.

Michael C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our tour guide, Susan Steer, was exceptional and provided much non standard information such as showing us some Public Housing
projects in addition to the usual grand Palazzi. Susan's primary language is English and this made her a particularly effective guide for us.
She read Art History at University so could authoritatively comment on many aspects of the art we saw. Keep her on your guide list.

Michael L Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Monica was an excellent guide on this excellent tour of Renaissance Venice. She was able to put us right there in the Renaissance times as we wandered through Santa Croce and San Polo. Excellent!

ilene v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

we really enjoyed our guide whose name i unfortunately have forgotten. she was excellent.
knowledgeable, personable and showed us a very good morning

Janice K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was a highlight of our trip to Venice! Our guide Cynthia has an engaging demeanor and we immediately felt a connection. That quality coupled with her extensive knowledge of Renaissance Venice made for a very meaningful tour. As it turned out, we were the only couple on the tour so it became a private experience.

Serena Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Nadia was fantastic! She really knew her history, and was a fun and personable guide. I asked her so many questions, and she had the answers. She even went so far as to contact an American colleague to find some reference materials written in English for me.
This tour was great, and gave me a much better sense of the history and culture of Venice.
Thanks, Nadia! I'd take your tour again.

Bennett B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Our guide for this tour was Susan, a Ph.D. in art history, and a long time lover of and resident of Venice. As that suggests, we had a wonderful tour, full of detailed information about everything we saw, both in historical context, and contemporary. You will be very fortunate if Susan is your guide.

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