Explore the San Polo area of Venice in a tour of the city's history, told through the lives of its prominent merchants, courtesans, and painters. This 2-hour walking tour also stops at the huge Frari church, home to several High Renaissance masterpieces.
What to Expect
Learn the history of Venice as told through the tales of its prominent merchants, courtesans, and painters in San Polo, the site of the city's main market since 1097.
The tour starts near the Rialto area. Venice was a city where west met east, and exotic items such as silk and spices were traded alongside traditional goods like copper and wood. The city's courtesans were well-off in this golden age and lived in sumptuous apartments. They were often accomplished musicians and raconteurs, and some were even deployed as secret spies for the state.
Focus will then shift to the Venetian artists, with a visit to the Gothic Frari church, which dwarfs the eastern side of San Polo. Built by Franciscans in the 13th century, it is one of the city's largest places of worship. Simply the sheer size of its striking interior will amaze you, let alone the quality of its High Renaissance masterpieces – Titian's Assumption being the most famous.
- Hotel pick-up in the St. Marks area (if arranged in advance)
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks
- Entrance fee to Frari church – approximately EUR 3.50
Know Before You Go
Knees and shoulders must be covered to enter places of worship. Please do not wear shorts, sleeveless tops, or short skirts, as you will be refused entrance. Some churches do not allow large bags or rucksacks inside.