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Silk. Spice. Coffee. All were traded by medieval Venetian merchants in the Far East. And it’s a part of the city’s history that you’ll learn all about on this 2-hour walking tour of Venice. Explore Rialto Bridge Market, Marco Polo’s house and the Cannaregio neighborhood as you learn about the maritime empire of medieval Venice, and then finish with a cup of coffee — a much-loved import. This small-group experience runs with a maximum of 15 people for a personalized tour.


  • 2-hour historical walking tour of Venice with a local guide
  • Discover the Eastern influences that shaped Venice
  • Listen to tales about the city's medieval traders on a walk through the Canareggio district
  • See the site of Marco Polo’s home, and the Rialto Bridge Market that is inspired by Middle Eastern souks
  • Admire the Church of Madonna dell’Orto with its mix of architectural styles
  • Sample coffee at a traditional roasting house and hear how merchants imported it from the east
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people ensures a more intimate experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Your appreciation for the goods you see in the city's cafes and markets will deepen after learning how these imports got here in the first place.

What You Can Expect

Venice and Echoes of the Orient: Walking Tour and Coffee Tasting

Sample coffee on a historical walking tour of Venice!

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great first day experience to start a trip in lovely Venice with...! Our guide Chiara was very knowledgeable, extremely personable and exceptionally thoughtful in her touring and recommendations. Our family was introduced to sections of the city we wouldn't have found otherwise -- and those areas were quite uncrowded which was a treat. In addition to sharing content specific to the tour theme, she took the time to make sure we were safely pointed on our way back to our hotel and made an outstanding recommendation we probably wouldn't have learned of otherwise: a 24 hour pass to the water bus of the Grand Canal! Using this mode of transport added to our tour experience but also made for an ideal two day visit in Venice afterwards so we didn't have to walk everywhere. Chiara even helped us navigate purchasing the tickets. Again and again, she was an excellent guide. Tour end was at Torrefazione Cannaregio -- delightful coffee roasters. Try the Café Remer -- iced on a hot day is a treat! Saluti Chiara and ladies at the tasting counter!

William S

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2015

This tour was most informative, although I expected to have more than 1 coffee, or go to more than 1 coffee stop.

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