Daily Life In Renaissance Venice

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The Renaissance period in Venice was a prosperous time for the denizens of this great wonderland of a city. This 3-hour tour gives you an insiders look at what life was like during this period. The guide, a scholar of the period, leads the group through the city, pointing out details that reveal what life was like more than 500 years ago, such as a symbol on a palace faade or above a doorway, or the name of a bridge. If time allows and the group desires, the tour concludes at Palazzo Mocenigo, which houses the Museum of Fabric and Costume History.


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point

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The Renaissance, the period from roughly 1350 to 1550, was a prosperous time for Venice, as the Venetian empire greatly expanded its overseas trading routes even as it was feeling a threat from the encroaching Ottoman Turks.

Meet your guide, a scholar of the city and the time period, in central Venice and begin a stroll through the city and over some of its many bridges. The guide might point out a symbol over a doorway or note the name of a bridge and explain how this reveals a great deal about what life was like for merchants and traders, fishmongers and artists. Learn about the social and political functions of the citys squares and open spaces. And find out what some of the decorative motifs affixed to the faades of houses and palaces show about the politics and class issues of the time.

Visit the Ca dOro, a palace on the Grand Canal (entry fee not included in tour price), to learn about the layout and decoration of homes in Renaissance Venice. The tour also covers the clothing fashions, personal hygiene, etiquette, sex lives and leisure time of Venetians during the time period.

Depending on time and the groups inclination, the tour might conclude at the Museum of Fabric and Costume History inside the Palazzo Mocenigo (entry fee not included in tour price). Get an up close look at the clothing of the day as the guide explains in further detail the function of fashion during the Venetian Renaissance.

Inclusions for Daily Life In Renaissance Venice

  • Professionally guided tour by a field specialist

Exclusions for Daily Life In Renaissance Venice

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance fees (9.50 euros)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 13 years

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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8 Traveler Reviews

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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