Venice - The Birth of Venice, Italy - Fire and Stone

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The Birth of Venice, Italy - Fire and Stone

Tue, 9 Nov
(282 reviews)
Rialto, Venice, Italy
30 mins

About the tour

Why and how was Venice born? And how old is Venice? Befitting such a unique place, the story of how it came to be is riddled with curiosities, intrigue, and tragedy, having been ravaged by fires over the course of its history. Starting at its birthplace, Rialto, we will get to view the city from its highest point on this virtual tour with Andrea. Wondering where it picks its name from? Rialto comes from 'rivo' and 'alto', meaning high canal. The Rialto Bridge in Venice marks the first part of the lagoon where people lived. It proudly flaunts the oldest church in town and the first bridge that spanned the mesmerizing Canal Grande. An iconic landmark, the Rialto Bridge has been a favorite for foodies across the world, having hosted the food market for more than 1,000 years. On this guided virtual tour of Venice, you get to skip the line and explore some of the best parts of the city of Venice. From Venice’s popular water taxis to the Doge’s Palace and the impressive St. Mark’s Basilica, the city can leave you captivated. The best views, a Venetian gondola ride, and a splash of humor are in store for us on this tour!

Meet Andrea


Besides been a licensed tour guide and a freelance journalist, I’m a musician, playing with the most popular reggae singer in my country (who by the way doesn’t sing in Italian, or in English, but in Venetian dialect, never heard of Venetian reggae?) . A 40 years experience on the stage helps me a lot during the tours, because the tour for me it’s like a show, with its climax and anticlimax. Above all anyway, I'm a real Venetian, born and raised in the city. I like therefore to share with passion and my knowledge of this unique city, mixing in my strolling along the city information, fun facts, personal experiences that I think help you to enjoy a unique tour. I’m one of the “eldest” guide on this platform, because when it started there were just three destinations, including mine. I liked a lot the idea of running virtual tours when everything was blocked, but when John and Liam involved me in June 2020, I couldn’t imagine how big this community could have grown, and I’m really proud to be part of it since the beginning.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Venice with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Venice. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Helen H.

21 May 2021

Sorry I missed it.

Lee V.

20 May 2021

Loved the tour..Andrea explained a lot, answered questions, took us on a wonderful tour...I loved “ being” in Venice again....great tour.

Lynn M.

20 May 2021

very good and informative

Christine, W.Yorkshire 🇬🇧 ..

20 May 2021

The local guide who really knows his area best! Another great tour!

ShirleyB B.

20 May 2021

Had some technical glitches.

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