Does this tour include the Jewish Ghetto?
While this walk may or may not touch on some aspects of the Jewish Ghetto, it is not a walk specifically focused on Jewish Venice. For this type of walk, which includes a visit to the Synagogue, please take a look at our Jewish Ghetto tour. Looking to see Venice's major sites? Try our Venice City Tour of St. Mark's and Rialto.
Do we get to see artists at work during this tour?
This tour discusses the artisans in the area in relation to the district’s history. Guides point out artisanal shops where we might see artisans at work if they are present. We can sometimes include a longer visit to a glass workshop. If you have an interest in doing this, please include this in your trip notes and we will check availability.
Will we have time for shopping on the tour?
The goal of this tour is the provide participants with an overview of the neighborhood, its history and current life. We may pop into a few shops, however, you may prefer to return to these after the tour so you have more time to shop at your leisure.
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your guide will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to have an umbrella on hand.
After her postgraduate studies in Art History at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice and at the University of Padua, Sara took up the charming road of restoration, getting her professional license at the Venetian Institute for Cultural Heritage (IVBC), again in Venice. This dual path between Art History and Art Conservation enabled her to deepen her expertise in the artistic techniques and the modern conservation methodologies of the cultural heritage. She owns a restoration laboratory where she operates on oil paintings on canvas and polychromed wood sculptures. The passion for her country and for the city of Venice has prompted her to research on particular themes, such as the Venetian painting of the XVIII century and the Venetian villas in the mainland countryside. She is authentically fond of museums and churches, too. Spending some time with her in Venice means getting to know the magnificent artistic heritage that is spread throughout the city. Guests are generally fascinated by her descriptions about how Venetians were able to mount a huge gilded ceiling, to stretch the largest paintings in the world, to move monumental columns from one side to the other of the Mediterranean Sea, to patiently position thousands of mosaic tiles. She is mother of two young children, and she does know that each family member has different needs. She boasts more than 10-year-long experience in museum education. Therefore, she accompanies with pleasure families that visit Venice, who are for her a stimulating challenge.
Cristina has been a qualified tour guide and lecturer in Venice since 1991. She holds a doctoral degree in contemporary German literature with a thesis on Venice as a motif in collective memory, and majors in history and art history. She worked for the UNESCO Venice Office as a researcher in the field of handicraft and collaborated with the Council of Europe in the frame of the Faro-Convention on the concept of Cultural Heritage as applied to Venice. Cristina is also a writer and has authored books on Venice: Venice Master Artisans (2000; 2003) on the great craftspeople of her city; an essay on the glass master Lucio Bubacco for the artist’s monograph, Eternal Temptation by Dan Klein (2008); a book on the gardens of Venice in 2017 and a guidebook about the places of the Protestant Reformation in Venice in 2018. After winning an award for first-time authors, in 2020 her first novel "L'ultima Testimone" was published by Garzanti Publishing House. Because her first love was literature, she sees herself as a ‘storyteller’. She knows and tells many anecdotes and small stories along with the big History of this legendary city.
Elena was born in Milan and moved to Venice in 2000 to study Oriental Languages at Ca' Foscari University. After graduation she spent a year in Barcelona, Spain, to study East Asian Cinema. Back in Venice, she had her first experiences as a guide leading visits of the historical buildings of the University of Venice. That's how she decided she wanted to become a professional tour guide. She got her official license in 2012 and she has been working and living in Venice since!
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