Seductive Venice private walking tour: discover ancient Venetian vices and secrets

Duration: approx. 2 hours   Location: Venice

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Why choose this experience?

1 To be seduced by the vices and secrets of Venice’s long past during one of the most unique things to do in Venice
2 To get in touch with the more transgressive and libertine soul of Venice on one of the most original secret Venice tours including unusual routes, areas and buildings in balance between history and legend
3 Because you can have a local tourist guide at your disposal and enjoy a unique private walking tour in secret Venice!

Please note: this is a private tour and the price is valid for a 2-hour guided visit for groups from 1 to 10 people. For groups over 10 participants please contact us

Alternative walking tours in Venice, original experiences and strange or funny things to do in Venice are increasingly in demand ... These paths are about exploring the non-touristy Venice, often through areas not included in the normal regular tours; or about offering special itineraries dedicated to a theme, event or character that marked the history of the city.

Charm and seduction, vices and folk customs, unknown areas and secret spots in Venice, Italy ... The millennial city of Venice has always been the scene of love affairs, betrayal and debauchery. On this tour you will discover a different Venice from the purely romantic usual approach, a city of adventurers and courtesans, festivities and extravagant traditions, among which the most emblematic figure we can mention is the famous Giacomo Casanova.

If you are looking for original things to see and do in Venice and you are searching for an alternative tour, away from the usual tourist sites, here is what we can do for you: a private guide in Venice to show you the city and help you discover a new perspective! One of the most beautiful walking routes in Venice to show you how to get in touch with the most hidden and secret soul of the city thanks to the narrations of a knowledgeable local guide.

This guided secret tour of Venice, Italy will begin near the Rialto Bridge, in Campo San Bartolomeo, under the statue of the famous Carlo Goldoni, the playwright who made Venice Theater famous and described the moral decadence of the Republic like no one else.

After crossing the Rialto Bridge, you will reach the Camerlenghi Palace, the place where taxes were collected, to admire the bizarre decoration of its gate ... A relief that represents a certain part of the female anatomy in flames! In Venice of the past, sex and money were certainly very close.

The guide will accompany you to Campo San Giacometto, one of the most antique parts of the city – where every kind of business is practiced - where the famous Rialto market is: Giacomo Casanova narrates in his memoirs that the young Venetians, after having fun in Venice Carnival nights , used to walk along its banks early in the morning ...

After visiting the Rialto Market, the tour includes a stop at the Osteria 'Alle Do Spade' (or another traditional osteria in case this is closed) where you can have a tasty ‘cicchetto' or enjoy a glass of wine, while the guide will entertain you with anecdotes and other curiosities about libertine Venice ... You will be told that in this very old tavern Casanova, escorted by some friends, seduced a young married lady in a cloudy Carnival night. Chosen because of its long tradition, the Cantina ‘Alle Do Spade' is one of the most famous taverns in Venice: its cicchetti - appetizers of fried meat or fish – typical of the city and its friendly atmosphere reminiscent of a more traditional aspects make it an ideal destination to include in this original tour route of secret places in Venice, italy.

After the break at the ‘Alle Do Spade' you will move on to the winding and half-hidden alleyways in the 'Castelletto', the old red light district of Venice where the prostitutes used to entertain their clients: special corners of Venice - like the street of the Maiden – which  only a brilliant Venetian tour guide can know!

Then you wil cross a bent bridge, near which you can see the palace of Bianca Cappello, mistress and later wife of the Grand Duke of Florence Francesco I, who died under mysterious circumstances in 1587 ... Behind the building there is the famous Rio Terà of Carampane, where retired prostitutes lived! From there you will see the unique bridge of Tits; named so, in 'honor' of the particular view it used to offer!

Our itinerary in secret Venice continues through narrow passages and deserted streets, until you get to Campo San Polo, where you can admire the Palace of the famous English poet Frederick Rolfe (also known as Baron Corvo), known for his lecherous ways and for leading a somewhat dissolute life.

The last part of our fascinating journey to discover the private vices and debauchery of secret Venice, Italy could only be dedicated to the event in which transgression reached its highest expression: the Carnival. In the vicinity of Carlo Goldoni's birthplace, you will see a store of traditional Venetian masks ... there, the guide will narrate a fascinating story dedicated to the crazy things to do in Venice during the Carnival in the Venetians' opinion  and the role and use of masks during the wildest dancing and festivities!

Venice: for those who are looking for quirky things to do in Venice, a walking tour with a private tour guide to discover the most dissolute and seductive face of the the city, through history, legend and bizarre anecdotes!

Book now this unique tour to discover how to have fun in Venice: unusual itineraries, stories and traditions that only a local tour guide knows and is able to reveal in all their charm! The duration of the tour is approximately two hours and includes a stop at the famous Cantina 'Do Spade' – or another traditional restaurant if Cantina Do Spade is closed - for a snack and a glass of wine!

The guided tour is private and can be booked up to a maximum of 10 participants. At the end of the online booking procedure you can download the voucher that you are required to print and show to your guide in Venice on the day of the tour. The voucher also includes a useful map to easily locate the meeting point. Shortly after your online reservation we will also email you our guide's mobile number to use in case of emergencies on the spot on the day of the tour.

On request, this tour is available also in Greek, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and German. If you are interested in doing the tour in one of these languages, please fill in the form on Your Own Venice tour page and specify the name of this tour under 'Request preferences'.

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Important info


all year.

Departure point:

San Bartolomeo Square, in front of Goldoni statue.

Departure time

From 1 April to 31 October
2.30 pm

From 1 November to 31 March
11.00 am

Languages available

English: everyday
Italian: everyday
French: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

On request


The total price per service is €198.00, up to a maximum of 10 participants.


approx. 2 hours

  • Private Guided Tour
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"
  • Tasting at the Osteria 'Alle due Spade’
  • Entry tickets
Additional information:

Before booking, please be advised that it is compulsory to print a paper copy of the voucher issued at the end of the online reservation and bring it with you the day of the tour.

No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a NO SHOW (if you don't show up at the meeting point at the time indicated on your voucher).

Shortly after your online reservation we will email you the mobile number of the guide you have been assigned, to use in case of emergencies on the spot on the day of the tour. For the same reason the guide will need your mobile number, so please provide us with one that you will have with you on the day of the tour in the form field you are required to fill in.

In case Osteria ‘Alle Due Spade’ is closed, you can stop for tastings at another traditional osteria chosen by the guide.

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