Tours and Walks in Venice and the lagoon

History Walks Venice offers walking tours in Venice with focus on history and traditions, guided boat tours in the lagoon, and Venetian rowing lessons in a real gondola.

About me

I’m René Seindal, an Danish historian living in Venice. With these tours and walks I want to share with you my passion for Venice, its traditions and history, especially the lesser known parts.

Tours and Walks

  • Bespoke, private tours & walks
  • Small groups only
  • Experienced tour leader
  • In English or Italian
  • Children very welcome

I do walking tours in Venice with focus on history and traditions, guided boat tours in the lagoon, and Venetian rowing lessons in a real gondola.


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.