Dorsoduro Tour

Private tour in Venice with 4 nice guests from USA & Australia

Private tour in Venice with 4 nice guests from USA & Australia

Off the beaten path in Venice!

Take a stroll about the “other” side of the Grand Canal in the romantic, traditional Venice sestiere (district) of Dorsoduro. Let our professional English-speaking guide show you this fascinating slice of the city. A world all its own, this area is often overlooked by other tours of Venice. If you’re looking for winding ways, passages and hidden gems; galleries, restaurants and local color; this intimate glimpse of Venetian culture is for you.

Campo Santo Stefan

Campo Santo Stefano

A Haunted House and Refuge for Children

Ca’Dario, or the Palazzo Dario, is a castle with an intriguing history of murder and mayhem that has befallen many unfortunate owners of this illustrious property. Rumored to be haunted, we’ll visit - if you dare. We’ll also see the site of the Fondamenta degli Incurabli, or Canal Bank of the Incurables. We’ll learn the interesting history of this Renaissance hospital/orphanage that provided music education for its young conservati (orphans).

Celebrated Sites

Ernest Hemingway was a visitor to Venice, and we’ll see Harry’s Bar, where he wasn’t opposed to tipping a glass or two of Prosecco. Also on our tour is the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, or the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni. You’ll be awed by its location on the Grand Canal, its terrace and Istrian stone façade. We’ll also see the famed Palazzo Contarini-Fasan (Contarini-Fasan Palace), home of the noble Desdemona, and perhaps the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Othello.

Optional Gondola Ride

Conducted by a local gondolier, you’ll enjoy a pre-arranged gondola ride through the quiet back canals. There will be no guided commentary, and an intimate mood. Each gondola seats six. Marvel at the ancient buildings that hug the banks and experience the essence of Venice.

The Tour of Dorsoduro books quickly, so please contact us at for information and reservations. We look forward to sharing our love of Venice with you.

Tour Details

Price We offer discounts to large parties and kids. Contact us for more info.
Duration: 3 or 6 hours (half-day or full-day), but we can customize the duration on your needs.
Sites included: Cathedral, San Marco Square, Belltower, Doge's Palace, Accademia Bridge, Campo Santo Stefano, Jewish Ghetto, Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, Church of Frari, Rialto Bridge and Market, Marco Polo's House and many more sites.
Meeting point: Details on the meeting point will be given to you after the booking
Weather restrictions: The tour takes places rain or shine
Dressing code: At the Cathedral and in general in all the Venice churches dress code for both men and women requires shoulders and knees to be covered. Shorts and skirts are fine, but below knees.
Age groups Suitable to everybody
Specials: You will not be hearded in large groups and you will have a great guide only for you!