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Venice - The Birth of Venice - Fire and Stone

The Birth of Venice - Fire and Stone

(254 reviews)
Rialto, Venice, Italy
30 mins

About the tour

Why and how was Venice born? 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. Rialto comes from 'rivo' and 'alto', meaning high canal. It marks the first part of the lagoon where people lived and so boasts the oldest church in town and the first bridge that spanned the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge. An iconic site, the Rialto Bridge has been a favourite for a millennia of foodies, having hosted the food market for more than 1,000 years. The best views, some interesting tales and a lot of Venetian humour is in store for us on this tour!

Meet your local guide


Andrea might be one of Venice's most entertaining tour guides. Why do we say that? Well, you don't have to look far to see him jamming out on his guitar singing songs in the Venetian dialect. “I like to introduce myself as a tour guide, a freelance journalist, and a real Venetian (one of the few that has remained),” he says fondly. He loves music and has played with Italy’s most popular reggae singer, and performed in front of a massive crowd of 15,000 people during the carnival at St. Mark’s Square. He tries to mix information, historical facts, and funny quirks about the city into his tours. “There’s a lot about the city that people don’t know. There are words they use that come from Venice (ciao, ghetto, ballot, quarantine), and objects and inventions (the first pair of glasses, the first pocketbook). Even when people write, they use punctuations that were first used in a book here,” he remarks. He likes to think of his tours like a small show - with a bit of music, some rhythm, and sometimes with an experience down the Grand Canal with a gondola. So make sure to have your drinks and snacks ready for your time with Andrea! “I’m so lucky to live in a city like Venice that has so much to offer, above all “under the surface” of the most famous places to visit. I’m eager to know more and more about my city, and I know that people feel my passion in sharing my hometown with them,” Andrea says.

Andrea has been guiding since Dec 2012

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 guide.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide 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 guide 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 book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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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

Nina W.

07 April 2021

Always so interesting with Andrea in Venice. He takes us through all sorts of areas of Rialto the tourist would never see or know about. What is the difference between the Venetian language and Italian? Drop the second consonant and that is Venetian. He is personable, fun and answers questions. What is not to love? Thank you!

Julie W.

07 April 2021

Andrea is a lovely tour guide and knows a lot of local knowledge being born and raised in Venice. I learnt lots of information from his tour. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us. He was extremely patient answering lots of questions at the end of the tour.

Kirsty R.

06 April 2021

Thank you!

Linda K.

06 April 2021

It was great being in Venice, even though I was in England! Thanks for the very informative trip!


05 April 2021

It is a treat to learn more about this beautiful city after the flood.

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