VENICE HISTORY FOR FAMILIES: TWO LEGENDARY VENETIANS
Did Casanova really exist? Was Marco Polo a Venetian? This tour starts by taking you into the secret section of the Doges’ Palace.
We will pass through the meandering corridors and the somber torture chamber, heading into the Piombi, the famous prison from where, in 1756, Casanova escaped with his prison mate, Father Balbi.
This provides us with a good occasion to learn about the 18th century Venetian justice system.
Later, we’ll stroll to the medieval Corte del Milion, by the Rialto bridge. Here, once Venice’s main trading centre, the merchant Marco Polo and his family settled after returning from China.
By reviving the true story, and the big lies regarding the two most famous Venetians of all time, we’ll take a peek into Venice’s fascinating past. Due to this tour’s secret itinerary, we can only offer this selection in the morning.
- Secret Itineraries of the Doge’s Palace
- Venice history and legends
- The Old Prisons and Torture Chamber
- The Adventurous LIfes of Marco Polo & Casanova
VENICE HISTORY FOR FAMILIES
Marco Polo was born in Venice in 1254 and died here in 1324.
Then, the city was reaching the peak of its commercial expansion towards the East. Venice was a very dynamic metropolis importing spices, silk fabrics, precious stones and many other expensive goods.
Marco Polo represents the adventurous but business-minded citizen of the golden era of the Venetian Republic.
His book, Il Milione (also known as The Book of Marvels), describes Marco’s trips in the Far East, and became a sort of Medieval best seller, regardless of it being published well before printing presses were invented!
DRESS CODE AND ADVICE
- No dress code required
- ACCESSIBILITY: The spaces have, in some cases, small size and are on different levels connected by steep and narrow stairs: are therefore not accessible to those with mobility problems and is not recommended for those suffering from claustrophobia, vertigo of cardio-respiratory disorders. They are also not suitable for pregnant women. Children under 6 are not allowed.
- Walks inside Venice recommends NOT TO CHOOSE this tour in July and August, too hot!
- This tour lasts three hours and costs 295 euros up to five people (not per person), only private parties.
- Museum fees per person:
- Secret Itineraries of the Doge’s Palace: 34 euros (full rate) – 22 euros (reduced rate)
- Tickets should be booked and purchased in advance and once paid are NO MORE REFUNDABLE. Please read our “Dress code and advice” section.