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Secrets of Venice Carnival and Life of Casanova Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of the great lover Casanova on a 1.5-hour Carnival tour of Venice. Learn about the life and times of Casanova, and about the masks and traditions of the Venice Carnival. Enjoy a hot cappuccino with a Venetian “frittelo” cake.
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Duration: 2 hours
Starting time 2:00 PM
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  • Follow in the footsteps of Casanova on a Carnival tour of Venice
  • Marvel at the flamboyant costumes from the 17th century
  • Pass Casanova's house, and the house of the poet who introduced him to worldly pleasures
  • Learn the history of the Venice Carnival and its traditions
  • Hear how the traditional masks are made
  • Enjoy a hot cappuccino and traditional Carnival cake ("frittello")
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Meet your English-speaking guide in front of La Fenice opera house for a walking tour that follows in the footsteps of Giacomo Casanova, and travel back to the Venice Carnival of the 18th century.

To set the mood, your guide will be dressed in traditional Venetian costume, and will acquaint you with the story of the Venice Carnival, then and now. Learn the history of the masks, once used to hide the wearers' identify, and hear how they are made. Admire elegant costumes from the 17th century, now worn to parade through the streets at Carnival time. See luxurious costumes worn by people attending one of the many Grand Balls that take place in private palaces.

Your guide will talk about Casanova as a great lover, adventurer, extravagant, Freemason, and servant of the establishment. Born in Venice, he grew up in the San Samuele area, and you will walk through the narrow calle (alleys) that pass his home and the house of the poet Giorgio Baffo, who introduced the young Casanova to worldly pleasures. Learn about the Ridotto, the 1st Casino in Venice, where Casanova would meet the Venetian aristocracy. Hear fascinating stories about the courtesans who also played a part in making the city as animated as possible.

Experience an alternative walking tour, filled with desire and passion, pleasure, and entertainment. End the tour in a typical Caffe approx 10 mins walk from St Mark’s Square with a hot cappuccino and typical Venetian Carnival cake called a “frittelle”, only made during the Carnival period.
  • English-speaking guide (dressed in a Carnival costume)
  • Cappuccino and frittella in a local coffee shop
What’s Not Included
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Campo della Fenice (in front of La Fenice opera house). Arriving from Saint Mark's Square, pass under the arches close to the Correr Museum, take the Salisaza San Moisè continue along and cross the bridge in front of the Hotel Bauer Grunwald, which takes you onto Calle Larga XXII Marzo; then take the second on the right along the Calle Della Vesta, cross the small bridge and 50 yards in front of you is the Well in Campo della Fenice. Look for the guide holding an orange umbrella.

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Not allowed
  • Oversize luggage
Know before you go
• Please feel free to come in Carnival costume, or a cape with a mask. It's great fun and perfect for photographs

From £40.60 per person

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Product ID: 59269