Discover the extraordinary world of Venice with a local on our immersive virtual tour
Price 20 €
duration 1.5 hours
Join expert guide and Venice native Giovanna as we embark on a thrilling virtual journey to discover the splendours of the Serenissima. There’s nowhere in the world like Venice. An extraordinarily beautiful labyrinth of snaking canals and narrow alleys, mystery seems to lurk around every corner in this city that floats magically on the waters of the lagoon. Discover the fascinating history of Venice as Giovanna traces the story back to the sleepy island of Torcello, before learning all about the rise of the Republic that would become one of the world’s great maritime powers. We’ll be virtually exploring St. Mark’s Cathedral, the Doge’s Palace and much more - encountering artistic masterpieces and tales of intrigue along the way. Our virtual Venice tour is the perfect introduction to the marvels of the floating city from the comfort of your own home – join Giovanna today!
Ciao! I’m Giovanna, a native Venetian. One of the few survivors, I’m afraid. The thing is, people leave thinking life is tough here. I tried to move abroad, and had amazing experiences working as a designer for the Observer and Channel 4 in the UK. But I came back home, convinced of the fact that Venice is magic. I meet people from all over the world, some of whom speak very little English. And so I’ve learnt that you can communicate beyond words whomever you may be - as an individual, as an artist, as an architect or a politician. Interacting with people from all across the world has allowed me to better understand and love my hometown. It's my pleasure and joy to make my home a little bit yours.
The world of travel might be on hold right now, but just because we're all staying at home to help the world overcome a common enemy doesn't mean we have to put our wanderlust on the back burner. Frustrated with not being able to get our travel fix, we decided to transform our award-winning tours into immersive virtual experiences, meaning you can still explore Italy’s spectacular archaeological sites and jaw-dropping museums from the comfort of your own home.
* Please note that the booking times are in US Eastern Standard Time and Rome, Italy CET is 6 hours ahead *
Fun and informative, our virtual tours take the form of online real-time presentations led by our expert guides. Combining videos, high-definition photos and more, our guides will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with you on these interactive walkthroughs of Italy’s most fascinating sites. The live format of our virtual tours means you’ll be able to ask your guide anything you wish, just like on a normal tour. We really believe it's the next best thing to being here!
If you cannot find a scheduled time for our virtual tours that work for you, please contact us directly and we would be delighted to set up a private virtual tour for you and your group.
As a sign of our gratitude to those who are on the front line fighting the Coronavirus, we would be more than happy to invite all first responders, health workers and NHS workers to join our Virtual Tours for free. Please message our office staff directly!
Please note that the proceeds from our online tours go directly to our guides, providing them with a valuable lifeline in these tough times for the world of travel. Thank you for your support!
Magnificent Venice is like nowhere else on earth. Seeming to defy the laws of nature as it clings impossibly to the waters of the Venetian lagoon, the city’s charm is justly feted throughout the world. You might not be able to appreciate its jaw-dropping beauty in person right now, but our special immersive live webinar with local guide Giovanna is the perfect way to whet your appetite for your next trip to the city known as the Serenissima.
We’ll be tracing the history of Venice back to the fall of the Roman empire and the Barbarian invasions of Italy that pushed this small community further and further into the watery wastelands, and how over the next thousand years Venice rose to become one of the world’s most powerful empires. This is one story you don’t want to miss!
Central to our tour will iconic St. Mark’s square, the epicentre of the Venetian Republic. One of the most breathtaking public spaces in the world, the piazza was once described by Napoleon as Europe’s drawing room - and it’s still Venice’s place to see and be seen today. Dominating everything are the endless domes and spires of immense 11th-century St. Mark’s Basilica, known as the Church of Gold for its shimmering mosaics both inside and out. You’ll learn how St Mark’s owes its existence to an audacious holy theft, and how its masterful architectural fusion of Byzantine, Greek and Western traditions perfectly reflects Venice’s uniquely cosmopolitan character.
On our virtual tour we’ll also be exploring the Doge’s Palace, whose distinctive Gothic colonnades and pink-hued marbles perfectly capture the city’s charm. Perched on a sweeping curve of Venice’s southern bank, it was from here that a succession of all-powerful Doges ruled over the maritime Republic for hundreds of years, and you can still sense the grandeur of those epic days echoing down its halls and galleries today, surrounded by masterpieces of Renaissance art by Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and Carpaccio.
Thanks to Giovanni’s enthralling narration you’ll learn who the doges were, and get the inside scoop on power-plays and political machinations worthy of a Hollywood thriller. Discover why Venice’s elaborate and well-oiled political system was unmatched in the early-modern world, ruled with an iron fist by the forbidding Council of Ten. The incredible Chamber of the Great Council is one of the largest rooms in Europe, where important meetings took place surrounded by massive paintings glorifying the history of Venice.
Our immersive virtual Venice tour is the perfect way to get travelling again from the comfort of your own home – book your place today!
4.8 (19 reviews)
What a treat to sit in our living room, learn about the history and art of Venice, and be in live conversation with the charming Giovanna. I never thought it could be so easy. Highly recommend.
Fantastic overview of Venice
Having visited Venice in person, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this virtual tour. Giovanna’s tour was a fantastic mix of history, engineering, and art/architecture that exceeded any expectations I could have had. I learned a lot more about how Venice was built than I had known before, and learned more about its deep history leading up to its founding. I also really appreciated how Giovanna included some information and artwork from the decades of Venice’s decline, an era which seems to be glossed over on many in-person tours. Giovanna makes unlikely connections and gives thoughtful commentary. I highly recommend this tour both for people who have visited Venice before and for those who are so far armchair travelers.