A traditional Sanpierota passing under a bridge in Venice

Discover Venice with a professional historian

History Walks Venice offers bespoke, private walking tours in Venice with a professional historian, with a special focus on the less obvious and well-known.

Private walking tours for small groups

Discover the lesser known history of Venice

Venice is steeped in history like few other places, and yet much pass unnoticed.
History Walks Venice will help you notice some of this.

Hidden History

Depiction of 16th century gondolas on an alter at Santa Giustina in Venice

A walk around Venice, exploring the many messages from Venice of yore, often hidden in plain view.

Plague Island

Drawings on the walls on Lazzaretto Nuovo island, from the 16th century

A guided visit to the island Lazzaretto Nuovo, where quarantine was invented to fight the Black Death.

Venetian Boats

Oar maker Saverio Pastor working on an oar in his workshop

A walk between shipyards, oar makers and model shops, looking at boats and talking about traditions.

Boat tours in a traditional Venetian boat with an electrical engine

Boat tours in the lagoon

Explore the history of the Venetian lagoon in an electric boat with our guide at the helm. We’ll show you things that aren’t even in the guide books

A tour lasts 3-4 hours, and we can visit either Poveglia, Lazzaretto Nuovo or San Francesco del Deserto.

Rowing a gondola is not easy, but it can be learned

Learn to row a gondola

I’ve enjoyed Venetian rowing ever since I moved to Venice over ten years ago. I later bought an old gondola and had it restored.

If you’ve ever wondered how a gondola works, I’ll be happy to teach you.

For children I have a smaller boat so they can try too.