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Choose among glass making, masks, paper and prints...there is an experience for every Venetian craft. You will work along with expert masters to create your own unique masterpiece. A special memory of an amazing experience.  Just browse around the possible experiences and choose the one perfect to unveal your artistic talent


An artistic experience, which will make you live the preparation for the Venetian Carnival! In this unforgettable activity, a venetian master artisan will explain the traditional art of making masks and their ancient history. DECORATE your mask course Your instructor will be our experienced decorator, who will teach you how to paint and decorate your own mask. The participants will choose a mask to be decorated during the course and at the end of the course, they will keep their mask as a very special souvenir to bring back home. Alternatively: Course of PRODUCTION Your instructor will explain the ancient technique of making a Venetian papier-mâché mask providing information about the use of masks in Venice during past centuries. The participants at the end of the hour will keep their mask as a very special souvenir to bring back home. In case of mask production the client will return to the laboratory after 6 hours to collect the mask when it's dry.  Key details Meeting point: Campiello San Zulian 596 (please be there 10 minutes before the beginning of the tour) Availability: every days at 9.30 am - 11:00 am- 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - 07:00 pm - 8:30 pm Duration: 1 hour (per course) approx. Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian (the activity could be bilingual) Price: Adult € 49 - Under 12 years only if accompanied by an adult € 39 - Special Family offer € 157 (4 people together). Price is per production or decoration. If you would like to do both the cost is double.  Appropriate clothes suggested –If you are less than 6 persons the tour is not considered private but is shared with our guests not belonging to the same party - Mobile vouchers are accepted – Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide (in these cases it can be postponed the days after otherwise it will be refunded) - Maximun 6 people per course - This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities- For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”.

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In Venice, from the mid-fifteenth century, the nobles and the wealthy would walk preceded by a servant called "Codega" equipped with a lantern to light their path in the darkness of night, who would delight them with anecdotes and stories. Today, your personal host will guide you through the maze of mystery that forms the city. A leap in the past which will inspire you to be the actors in a moving mise-en-scene and will push you to the heart of the Serenissima Republic and its Carnival. This is the way to discover the city's secrets! You will learn about Casanova and the Levantine, about the gondolier that become a priest and about the elephant that found shelter in a church. You will discover why an angel was put as a palace guardian and why the bridge between two convents was called "The Devil's Bridge", but also the secret language of fans and the legends of a number of ghosts that are said to inhabit Venice today. Through the stories of the “Codega” the visitors will be escorted to unusual and secret places, away from the chaotic hustle and bustle of Carnival, to find out some interesting facts of the history and daily life of the Serenissima Republic. A captivating event for the entire family, a new and unusual way to live Venice Carnival! Languages and timetable: February 03th - 4th - 10th - 11th - 13th: -11:00 AM English & Italian (the visit can be bilingual) -12:30 PM French & Italian ( the visit can be bilingual) - 3:00 PM French & Italian (the visit can be bilingual) February 05th - 6th . 8th: - 3:00 PM French & Italian (the visit can be bilingual) February 09th - 12th: -11:00 AM  English & Italian (the visit can be bilingual) - 3:00 PM  French & Italian (the visit can be bilingual)   Key Details: Meeting point: Campo San Gallo (Well in front of the San Gallo Theatre - San Gallo Hotel). Please be at meeting point 15 minutes before the beginning of the tour. Duration: 1 hr. and 15 minutes approx. Price: € 29 euro p.p. - Free under 12 years ( per adult) This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities - Comfortable shoes suggested – The show will be bilingual English & Italian or French & Italian – The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party – in case of particular events, the itinerary could be changed - For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”.

Create your own Venetian jewel

Discover the ancient tradition of "Venetian Pearls" made of Murano glass.  You will be able to create your own dream necklace or bracelet using the old techniques. A Venetian master artesan will guide you step by step in the process of realizing your unique jewel.  In Venice there has always been a flourishing tradition of jewel making in thousands of shapes and colours. You can see them in portraits made by painters from all over Europe. You will learn all the secrets of "conterie" the ancient tradition of threading beads. The only limit is your imagination in combining beads of different shapes and colours to create special necklace, bracelet, coronets..  KEY DETAILS Availabilty : Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 10.00  - 10.30 - 11.00 - 11.30 Duration: approx. 30 minutes Languages: Italian, English, French Address Antica Conteria Srl - San Marco 602/A Price: € 20 Maximun 6 participants   (The price includes the standards pearls, if you want to use particolar ones you will pay the diffence directly in the workshop)        

Create your own glass piece: learn from a master

Venice is famous all over the world for glass-making. Craftsmen handed down from one generation to another the tradition of working the glass using fire and a blowtorch. A unique tecnique that allows to create amazing pieces of glass in unconventional shapes and colours. You will work along an expert master discovering all the tecniques to create a special piece of glass that will come at home with you as a memory of this incredible experience.  You will attend a special lesson on glass making, you will feel the heat of fire, see and decide by yourself the colour of your masterpiece. You will create together with Massimiliano Calderone, a famous glass artist, a unique glass piece, designed according just to your taste and wishes.  KEY DETAILS Availabilty : From Monday to Saturday at 1.30pm. On Sundays at 10:00 am Duration:abt 1.30 hours  Languages: Italian, English, Spanish, French Meeting point: Bottega Artistica Massimiliano Caldarone Cannaregio 5419/b Venezia       

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Create your business card in an ancient print-shop

Live the experience of visiting an old print shop, you will discover all the secrets of the ancient art of printing. You will see the lead types, the old machines used to print precious hand made books. You will discover a world that can still exist only in Venice, the only place in the world where tradition, culture and innovation can co-exist. Venice has been famous since the XVI century for the fine prints realized by its craftmen. Many books were printed here as the Serenissima Government allowed free circulation of ideas, even against the Church will.  The craftmen shop you will visit is famous all over the world: Royal Houses, nobles, even great designers and businessmen have their business cards printed by the Basso family. You will see Gianni and his son Stefano at work and will be able to appreciate the amazing historical value of their art. You will discover all the secrets of printing and even compose and print your own business card with the "masters" help.  At the end of the demonstration you will receive a precious bookmark, printed just for you!   INFORMATION Meeting point: Gianni Basso Stampatore In Venezia, Cannaregio 5306, Calle del Fumo, Venezia  The tour lasts: 60 minutes Languages: English and Italian  Price: 20€ per person (max. 10 people per tour). Business Cards cost is not included and can be paid directly to the printer  

Discover Murano Island the glass island and create your necklace and parfume

ABOUT THIS EXPERIENCE A guided tour to discover the island of Murano and its traditions, and unveil the secret of the glass which has made the island famous worldwide Choose between two experiences: Create "Your Necklace" of Venetian beads - under the watchful eye of an expert and following their suggestions, you can create your own necklace in the colours and size you choose.  (The setting is included in the cost, while the beads are not, and are payable directly to the craftsman.) Create "Your Perfume" - choose and test fragrances under the guidance of an expert, who will give you a sample of the perfume selected and created exclusively by you. (On request it is possible to create a personalised glass flask or vial with names or a dedication engraved; the cost of this is not included and is payable directly to the craftsman.) Walking tour The guided tour starts from the Basilica of San Donato, founded in the 10th century and home since 1125 to the body of San Donato, brought from Kefalonia after its conquest by Doge Michiel. The church's singular form makes it a rare example of Romanesque style in the lagoon, and its interior contains some particularly splendid mosaics. You will also discover the treasures housed in the church of San Pietro, built in 1511, which include masterpieces by Tintoretto and Bellini, evidence of the island's wealth. Murano's last church, but equally important, is the former church of Santa Chiara, founded as an Augustinian monastery in 1231, subsequently a convent for the Franciscan order of Santa Chiara, and restored in 1519. Napoleon put an end to the church's religious role, and it became one of the island's principal sites of glassmaking activity. In the church of Santa Chiara you will learn about man's ancient links with glass, a relationship made special by the nature of the only lightweight, ductile material that can be shaped to create items of everyday use. At the end of this memorable journey, each couple will be given a glass souvenir to remind them of their visit to Santa Chiara and Murano. And on top of that a tour of Murano Island that will take you through different stages: Making glass - you will witness an object coming into being before your very eyes, thanks to the secrets of master glassmakers and using the techniques of blowing and lampworking. Glass and people - Venetian glass beads are celebrated all over the world for their colours and lustre, and have been used to make every kind of necklace. Glass and the home - discover the importance of glass in past and present in its many uses around the home, in mirrors, chandeliers, windows and hourglasses. Above all, thanks to Murano glass, by the year 1500 Venice was the only city to have glass windows in every house and lamps in every room. Glass and the table - the story of glass used to preserve foodstuffs, with bottles, vials and carafes. Glass is always with us, now as in the past, as we drink from glasses and eat from glass plates, or take tea in special cups reminiscent of porcelain. KEY DETAILS Meeting Point:Ex- church of Santa Chiara. Please be there 15 minutes before the beginning of the tour. Departure time: From Thursday to Sunday at at 11:00AM and 2:30PM Duration: 1.30 hrs. approx. for walking tour; 30 minutes approx. for Create Your Necklace activity; 20 minutes approx. for Create Your Perfume activity  Languages:  English & French at 11:00 AM and English & Italian at 2:30 PM - The visit could be multilingual PRICES & HOT DEALS Make the most out of your holiday in Venice. Book this experience and you will receive a Gift Code for a 10% off your next booking!  Walking tour of Murano € 15,00 per person - Only here free under 14 years old Create Your Necklace € 20,00 for 1 or 2 persons Create Your Perfume € 10,00 per person  TRAVEL TIPS This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. Comfortable shoes suggested. The tour does not operate on 24th and 31th December 2017 and 6th January 2018 The tour will finish at Santa Chiara Church. The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party Activities "CREATE YOUR NECKLACE" or "CREATE YOUR PERFUME"coul be sell only as add on to guided tour of Murano. Mobile voucher accepted. For general conditions refers to our brochure "Discover Venice"

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Probably one of the most enjoyable cooking experience in Venice, between taste, knowledge and culture, a perfect way to dive into the Venetian culture escorted by the bright and intense atmosphere created by the staff of “I Antichi”. The “Compagnia de Calza I Antichi” is the oldest cultural association of the Venetian fun. Its origins are found back to the Renaissance period, when young nobles used to meet organizing public and private parties for their own and the guests enjoyment. In their beautiful home located near the outstanding Basilica of “Santa Maria della Salute”, the Circle of “I Antichi” is hosting the Academy of Venetian cuisine. This Academy is known for its interest and passion for culture and gastronomy, thanks to which they learn and teach stories, secrets and techniques (and some special hint) of Venetian typical cuisine, its history, and its relationship with other cuisines of the world. Their cooking classes are a quick but deep jump in history, taste, art, food and wine with a lot of secrets and many satisfactions. During this experience you will enjoy a welcome prosecco before the lesson/lunch, then you will be taught how to prepare some of the Venetian traditional dishes sometimes revised with a little of fantasy. At the end of the class, clients will taste their own creations in the relaxing atmosphere of the mansion. The menu of the cooking class will be chosen by your “teacher” depending on the availability of fish and vegetables market on chosen date. If you want to know some possibile courses you are going to prepare click here. *** ANY FOOD PREFERENCE OR INTOLERANCE SHALL BE ADVISED IN ADVANCE UPON BOOKING*** Key Details Meeting point: Circolo "I Antichi" - Dorsoduro, 250 - Calle Querini - Fondamenta Cà Balà Languages: English, Italian, Portoguese and French (the explanation could be multilingual) Timetable: Wednesday and Thursday at 12:00 AM Duration: 3 hours approx. Price: € 100 p.p. (minimun 2 people) - € 85 p.p for groups from 11 to 15 people This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. A minimum of two people is required (it is possible to perform the reservation for one client paying for 2). Each lesson can guest a maximum of 20 people. The tour is not considered private but is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party . For general conditions please refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”.

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Venetian Food Experience

Venice is famous not only for its amazing art treasures and history. Also Venetian cuisine is an experience that cannot be missed. This menu based on fish tasting is a unique experience. A time travel among ancient savours and dishes that will be lead by the experience of Chef Domenico.   Venice has always been a crossroad of commerce, culture and people from all other the world. Venetian Cuisine has taken something from every population that lived in the city. You will discover the different influences: Middle-Eastern, Chinese, Arabic, Jewish.... You will also learn the methods used to preserve food that Venetians needed to learn to carry food on their ships.  THE MENU The different dishes you will try are prepared personally by Chef Domenico and are characteristic of every "sestiere" or island of the Lagoon: Cannaregio: Sardines Venetian Style (Saor) with polenta San Marco: Creamed Cod Fish  Castello: Stewed Cuttlefishes Dorsoduro: Roasted Scallops Rialto: Mixed boiled fish Santa Croce: Lagoon prawns with polenta San Polo: Cuttlefish Risotto Pellestrina: Fish Lasagne  Burano: Risotto alla Buranella Torcello: Mixed fried fish San Polo: Sea Bass with artichokes Traditional Venetian Biscuites THE RESTAURANT Typical Restaurant Bentigodi, Cannaregio 1423, Venezia  Th old Ventian tavern is located in one of the crossroads of the different ethnic groups living in Venice. The restaurant is a few steps away from the Ghetto, close to the Turkish Fondaco and to Rialto the center of trading.  It was also very close to a famous brothel so that "customers" could try also the "gluttony" sin  KEY DETAILS Available: Every day - not on Tuesday Opening Time: 12:00 am - 3:00 pm for lunch  / 7.30 pm - 11 pm for dinner Price per person: € 70 Drinks are not included (the chef will personally suggest the correct matches)  

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The Spirit of Tradition: Centuries of Venetians Velvets

Venice can boast a story of textile production which is almost one thousand years old. The tour starts in the looms of 1700 where it will be explained the history of weaving and looms and will be shown the secrets of handcrafted textiles while the fabrics are in process with operators using the original techniques and hardware. The velvets, brocades, damasks, lampasses and satins products have the same quality as those of centuries ago, because the art factory make them using the same techniques and the same looms, with patterns coming from various centuries and corners of the world. The art factory is present on the most important international markets, is strengthening its trade relations with countries with fast-growing economies, where a new luxury and wealth led to a search for exclusive goods. At the end of the tour, take the opportunity to spend some time in the showroom. A gift-book concerning the textile-art will be given to every group (1-3 people). Key Details: Meeting Point:Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua - Santa Croce 1320. (Please be there 5 minutes before the departure time Duration: 1hour approx. Price: € 77 from a minimum of 1 to a maximun of 3 persons - Free under 12 years Timetable: from Monday to Friday at 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM Languages: English and Italian Inclusions: Guided tour with commentary - An exclusive book concerning the textile-art of Venice This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. Comfortable shoes suggested. The tour is considered Private. Mobile vouchers are accepted The tour does not operate on 25th April, 1st May, 2nd June, 1st November, 8th December and from 22nd December until 7th January For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”

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VENETIAN CRAFTSMEN WORKSHOP - Masks, food,glass and more!

This Tour will take you to the exclusive Venetian Ateliers and it will show you how the most famous traditional products are created! Over the centuries Venice has provided superior quality handmade products that were exported all over the world for the use of theprivileged few. Jump into the traditional craftsmanship of Venice, discovering those products that have made the city famous all over the world! Today the simple word “Venice” still conjures up an atmosphere of sensuous luxury, sophisticated elegance and a myriad of a joyful tactile and visual sensations. Far from the beaten tracks, you will discover and make tours the “pearls” of Venice's top handcraft tradition: velvets, brocades, marbleized paper, books and leather bindings, Papier-mâché Carnival masks, gold and silver jewellery, beads and other wonders. The itinerary is not fixed, giving you the freedom to choose exactly what you wanto to see or to do, normally choosing on your own approximately 2/3 activities. Key Details: Meeting Point: Venice Tours Office - Calle Tron (San Marco), 1130 - 30214 (please be there 5 minutes before the departure time) Timetable: every day at 9:00 am - 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Languages: English - French - Italian - German - Spanish Duration: 2 hours approx. Price:  € 147 for a group from a minumun of 1 person to  a maximun of 6 people.   Inclusions: Guided tour with commentary in the selected language - Master Artisan's demostration - 2/3 activities choosen by you This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. Comfortable shoes suggested. The tour does not operate on 24th, 25th December and 1st January This tour is considered private. Mobile vouchers accepted. For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”

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SPECIAL EVENING IN VENICE - Venetian Savors + Legends and Ghost of Venice

The tour foresee an expert tour guide accompanying you through the Venetian “calli” (streets) to discover the local Venetian “Bacari” (bars) and sample “Cicchetti” (snacks) which are specialties of Venetian cuisine. Thanks to this fascinating itinerary you will admire a Venice enchanted by the lights and its unforgettable colours and you will have the unique chance to taste the real Venetian cuisine. After the last stop in an elegant Venetian house (typical bar) the evening walk will let you discover unusual itineraries accompanied by tales of the rich tradition of legends and anecdotes of a very secret Venice. You will experience the magical moment when the unique Venetian twilight turns to darkness. The itinerary of the tour is variable in order to avoid the crowd of tourists and to fully appreciate the mysterious and quiet atmosphere of Rialto area, Cannaregio and Castello. Key Details: Meeting point: Campo San Bartolomeo (San Bartolomeo Square) by the statue of Carlo Goldoni. (Please be there 15 minutes before the departure time) Timetable: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 6:00 PM. Duration: 3:45 hous Price: € 72 por person - Free under 3 years Languages: English: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday - Spanish: Tuesday - German: Friday - French: Saturday. The visit could be bilingual Inclusions: Guided tour with a qualified and experienced guide - Food and wine tasting (see NOTE for children) NOTE This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities. Any drinks or snacks for children are not included and shall be paid on the spot. Comfortable shoes suggested. The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party. Mobile vouchers accepted For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”.

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