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Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop

1. Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop

Create your own unique keepsake of Venice at a Carinval mask-making workshop. Choose from 2 different options on the day of the workshop and learn about the ancient techniques of creating masks from papier-mâché. Get interesting information about the use of masks in Venice during previous centuries. Then, return to the laboratory after a few hours to collect your unadorned mask once it has had time to dry off. Alternatively, discover how to paint and decorate your own mask with an experienced instructor. Choose a mask to decorate and to keep as a very special souvenir.

Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Tour

2. Venice: Murano and Burano Half-Day Boat Tour

Get picked up at your hotel by your English-speaking guide and visit two of Venice’s most popular islands, Murano and Burano. Get an insight into the daily life and pace that differ on each island in order to fully understand Venetian culture. Your first stop is the island of Murano, which is renowned worldwide for its long tradition of glass making. Witness firsthand the skill of glassblowing and see the locals working on other traditional crafts. Pick up some unique souvenirs or presents for the family here. Next, head to Burano, which you’ll be able to see from the shore thanks to its vividly colored buildings. Enjoy some free time to wander around, meet the locals, enjoy a cup of coffee and take some memorable pictures. Finally, stroll through some smaller and secret pathways, crossing the island’s most popular and lively neighborhoods, before reaching the end point of the tour - San Marco’s Square.

Venice and Murano: Panoramic Boat Tour with Audio Guide

3. Venice and Murano: Panoramic Boat Tour with Audio Guide

Explore the highlights of Venice and the island of Murano with an eco-friendly boat tour. Embark and disembark at San Marco and Murano and learn facinating stories behind attractions using your audio guide. Observe local craftsmen at work with a demonstration at a glassworks factory. Download your audio tour onto your smartphone device and board the ship at Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia. Enjoy panoramic views from the wide windows on the covered boat. Admire the beauty of the Giudecca Canal and its palaces and churches. Take in views of the the Molino Stucky hotel, the Italian Baroque architecture Gesuati Church, the  Renaissance  Redentore Church and the Punta della Dogana art museum. Get off at St. Mark's Square and discover iconic sites, monuments, history, and legends from the Serenissima Republic with your audio guide. Depart from San Marco and reach the island of Murano where you will have the opportunity to see a master glassmaker work with a glassblowing furnace. Listen to commentary created by the Authorized Tourist Guide Cooperative of Venice and by the Venetian storyteller Alberto Toso Fei. Get access to five audio guide itineraries in the San Marco area and one in the Murano area. Finish your tour at Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia.

Venice: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

4. Venice: Small Group Pasta and Tiramisu Class

During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the tiramisu dessert from scratch. Your Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family once home with an Italian meal! This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages.

Venice: All-in-One Highlights Tour including Gondola Ride

5. Venice: All-in-One Highlights Tour including Gondola Ride

Experience the wonders of Venice on a guided walking tour past city highlights like the Frari Chapel, San Polo Square, and Doge’s Palace. Float through the city's dreamy canals and under charming bridges on a gondola ride. Select either a private or group tour and set out to discover Venice. Meet your guide at Santa Lucia station for group tours, or at any location of your choice for our private tours, and begin your Venice adventure. Get your camera ready for your stroll through one of the world's most romantic cities. Walk across the first bridge and pass by the 15th-century San Rocco school and church. Go around the corner to see the Frari Chapel, a popular wedding location. Stop at San Polo Square, where Venetians used to organize bullfights for Carneval. Make your way to the lively Rialto market where locals go for fresh fish and produce. Have the opportunity to buy a snack or drink at the market, browse the local delicacies, and go souvenir shopping. Cross the grand Rialto Bridge and take in the views of the canal. Learn about the lives of traders and merchants. Be awed by the grandeur of the central square of Venice, St Marks Piazza. Watch as your guide points out the mosaics adorning St Mark's Basilica and its clock tower and the Campinale (bell tower). Admire views of Doge’s Palace, which for over 1000 years served as the government administration center for the region. Hop aboard a gondola and step back in time on this mode of travel that was once regularly used by upper class Venetians. Take in views of the city from the water and pass under romantic bridges. Finish your tour in St Mark's Square.

Venice: Monuments and Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

6. Venice: Monuments and Islands Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour

Discover the most famous places in the Venice Lagoon, aboard a panoramic eco boat with a single ticket valid for 24 hours to get on / off wherever you prefer. The main stops are the Santa Lucia Station, Punta Sabbioni, Piazza S. Marco and the islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. In Murano, a visit to a glass factory is included with a demonstration of glass processing. On board you will be accompanied by the explanations of our author audio guides and you will also have different itineraries available for when you get off our eco-boats. At the San Marco stop you can use priority tickets for the Doge's Palace, home of the Doge and seat of the Grand Council of the Serenissima and the Basilica of San Marco, the symbol of Christianity in Venice: visit the two famous monuments of Venice by skipping the line.

Venice: Procuratie Vecchie Interactive Exhibition

7. Venice: Procuratie Vecchie Interactive Exhibition

Open to the public for the first time in 500 years, the Procuratie Vecchie in St Mark's Square in Venice can now be visited after a major restoration. Inside, the interactive exhibition "A World of Potential" is designed to take visitors on a journey to discover their potential and the unique set of strengths that can help us make a real and positive impact on society and see the best in ourselves and others. Along the exhibition path, you will encounter installations that you can activate with your ticket: each of them will give you the opportunity to explore your character strengths – curiosity, hope, perseverance, gratitude, teamwork, etc. – both individually and collectively. The result is a unique and original experience where you can reflect on yourself and get to know, through videos, the protagonists of The Human Safety Net who share the same strengths as you. The interactive exhibition "A World of Potential" also includes The Art Studio, which opens its program by interpreting the value of courage with "Chutzpah, a tent that is not a tent, animals that are not animals", a project by Atelier dell'Errore BIG. Together with the exhibition, you can enjoy a good lunch or a coffee at our Cafe run by Illy.

Venice: Traditional Cafés and Pastry Shops Walking Tour

8. Venice: Traditional Cafés and Pastry Shops Walking Tour

Discover all the six Sestieri (neighborhoods) of Venice and satisfy your sweet tooth on this tasty tour. Walk over dozens of picturesque bridges powered by espresso, delicious pastries, ice creams and tiramisu. Stop in local bakeries and taste top quality pastries in historical cafés featuring ornate baroque mirrors. Be mesmerized by traditional cream puffs and biscuits and try fresh Italian espresso.

Venice: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket & Mask Decoration

9. Venice: Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Ticket & Mask Decoration

Discover the most famous places of the Venice Lagoon aboard a panoramic eco boat and treat yourself to a wonderful souvenir decorated with your own hands: an authentic Venetian mask! This tour includes - a hop-on hop-off ticket to get on and off wherever you want, valid for 24 hours. Accompanied by the author's audio guides to listen to on boat or walking, enjoy the best of the lagoon, from the Basilica of San Marco, the Doge's Palace, to the wonderful islands of Murano, Burano and Torcello. In Murano, a visit to a glass factory with a demonstration of glass processing is included - a one-hour course, in a famous Venetian Atelier in the Dorsoduro district, where you can choose one of 60 different types of white papier-mâché masks and decorate it personally with the help and advice of the atelier staff. At the end of the course, each participant can bring the decorated mask with them.

Murano: Glass Lampwork Workshop and Walking Tour

10. Murano: Glass Lampwork Workshop and Walking Tour

Get ready to discover Murano Island, witnessing artistry in action in its glass factories and taking part in the lampwork tradition by creating your own Venetian bead during an artisan workshop. Enrich your visit with a guided walking tour to see iconic Murano sights. Murano is one of the most visited islands in the Venice Lagoon thanks to the reputation of its glassmaking industry. During this unique hands-on experience, you’ll get to explore local glassmaking factories away from the most touristic spots. Step into one of the oldest glass factories in the world, active since 1295, and get an authentic look at lampwork and how tradition is combined with contemporary design and creativity. Far from being stuck in the past, glass making still runs in the veins of the inhabitants of the island: experience first-hand one of the oldest techniques ─ lampwork ─ thanks to a workshop run by a local artist. With an artist as your guide, walk through the secrets of this work and join a workshop where you can learn to make your own Venetian bead, taking part in keeping alive a 17th-century artistic practice (price per person is €30 to be paid on-site). You can decide to take the workshop, although is not compulsory. If you do decide to join the activity, you will get to take home the Venetian beads you created as a souvenir. Rest assured that lampwork tools and the oven are used alongside safety and protection equipment. Finally, finish off your day with a guided stroll around Murano, discovering some hidden gems, like its churches, and walking off-the-beaten-track to must-see spots.

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What people are saying about Venice

The tour was the highlight of our time in the Venice area. Our tour guide, Sara, was very knowledgeable and she gave us both historical and practical information, along with introducing us to the best Gelato in all of the area. Sara did not rush us while in Murano and arranged an incredible demonstration of the glass making that was virtually private for us. The guide at the plant, Stephania, was also very knowledgeable and helpful in choosing something to remind us of our visit for years to come. Sara then customized our arrival point in Burano to allow us to see the very unique vineyard on the adjacent island and then brought us through the vibrantly colored streets of the city. We highly recommend this tour and Sara.

Amazing time had. Great fun for all the family including children of 6 and 4. Very friendly family run shop. The experience is choosing a mask blank from the selection, painting it and decorating it. In between waiting for the mask to dry and decorating you get to ask lots of questions and get an overview history of mask making. Highly recommended.

This was such a fun experience to share with the man I love. I have always wanted to paint with him and happy he agreed to do this workshop. The mask making process was so relaxing after long days of travel and exploring. The artist was very nice and even threw in some history to understand the meaning of masks and why they were/are worn.

Absolutely loved the experience. Our host was so kind. She taught us so much, and the food was AMAZING!!! I would highly recommend.

The host was very nice, the studio is authentic and there is a variety of masks to choose from.