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Giudecca island discovery tour

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What Will You Do

A versatile island

Giudecca disputed history begins with its name. We will learn that its name does not come from one time Jewish inhabitants (an Italian word for Jews is also Giudei) but from a Venetian word "zudega" meaning "the judged", referring to rebel aristocratic families banished here during the 9th century. In recent years, the large abandoned spaces attracted a new set of exiles: artists, who could no longer afford rents in central Venice for their lofts and studios.

Lions do not eat holy virgin flesh

We will visit a 9th church with a simple Veneto-Byzantine structure dated from 14th century. It is named after a Byzantine Christian martyr, who was thrown to hungry lions, which, after biting off her hand they refused to eat her holy virgin flesh. 

An impressive former mill

We will discover a huge Neo-Gothic building, who served as a flour mill supplied by boats across the lagoon and also operated as a pasta factory and as of today, it houses a luxury 5-star hotel.

An organic prison market

We will get lost in the hidden part of the island, passing by an organic prison market, adjacent to a women's correction facility.

A monastery for local artisans and artists

We will enter a former monastery, nowadays a centre for promotion of local artists and artisans of all kind. 

A factory which is now a theatre

We will see how a former factory for glasses has been converted to a modern residential neighbourhood and a contemporary theatre facing the southern lagoon. 

Survival is never taken for granted in Venice

We will admire a church designed by Palladio, built to celebrate the city's deliverance from the black death. Survival is never taken for granted in this tidal town and to give thanks every July Venetian have been making the pilgrimage across the canal to this church on a shaky pontoon bridge from the Zattere since 1578.

An Art Nouveau villa facing the lagoon

We will enter an Art Noveau villa off the beaten paths, enjoying breath-taking views over the southern lagoon. 

A palace with three eyes

We will end up our tour with scenic views on San Marco and Punta della Salute, walking by a palace with a distinctive neo gothic brick facade and three peculiar arched windows. 

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WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Local top-rated guide (licensed tour leader & nature and interpretive guide)

WHAT IS EXCLUDED

  • Gratuities
  • Water bus ticket to Giudecca island. Tickets will be purchased on board

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Please note:

  • The tour is offered in English, Italian, Spanish and German.
  • The experience is shared in very small groups up to 8 participants.
  • Private tours are available by clicking on the "Group price": it will be a customized private experience with your group only.
  • Accessibility: the experience is meant to be inclusive and accessible: if you are a traveller with motor, sensorial or cognitive disabilities, please let us know in advance and we will make our best to meet your needs.
  • Not wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair accessible tour is possible as private tour.

What do I need to bring?

  • Please be sure to arrive at the meeting point at least 5 minutes before the starting time of the tour. This is the key to ensure the high-quality of your experience.
  • We also recommend you wear comfortable shoes.
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