Castello Venice Walking Tour , 2 hrs
Castello is a quiet and authentic neighborhood well off the tourist track in Venice ; its public gardens provide a welcome green respite from the crowds. It’s very picturesque with the canals, lush park spaces and churches dating back to the 1200s. Come and join our Castello Venice walking tour and see Venice with a local like a local!
There’s a general calm filling the air among naval bastions, local bookshops and boat ramps. This is a perfect tour if you’d rather stay away from the crowded space around St.Mark’s Square.
Venice’s Castello district is one of the most varied, historic and picturesque sestrieres in this “City of Canals”. It’s a true delight to experience this working-class neighbourhood on a guided walking tour of Venice, particularly for those who have visited before or have “done” the main sights. Castello means “castle”, and you will learn about the long and fascinating history of this eastern side of Venice as you stroll through the hidden backstreets with your knowledgeable local guide.
Offering a mix of sophistication and local charm, Castello’s parks and churches date back over 800 years. An on-going flotilla of boat traffic navigates the network of canals that permeate this ancient area, which is a delight to experience at a slow amble. Fluttering laundry, flags and flowerboxes hang beneath shuttered windows, adding a splash of colour to this atmospheric area. You’ll see boat ramps, gondola workshops, wayside shrines and historic naval strongholds along with some of the city’s finest churches in this characterful community as part of the Venice Castello walking tour.
Your eloquent local guide will take you on an enjoyable 2-hour walking tour of Venice’s Castello district, taking in the elaborate fortified walls and Porta Magna of the Venetian Arsenale. This magnificent stronghold once dominated the Republic of Venice. At its peak it was the largest naval complex in Europe and is still used as an operational naval base.
You’ll hear about how Galileo became a logistics consultant to the Arsenale over 400 years ago, and how it became an important centre for rope-making. You’ll learn how the dockyard was responsible for building and maintaining fleets of war ships and merchant vessels, contributing to Venice’s power and wealth.
Your tour guide will lead you along the tree-lined Via Garibaldi, Venice’s widest street, demonstrating the living history of this area and providing interesting facts and stories about the Street of the Seven Martyrs and the monument to Garibaldi. Enjoy walking though the flower-filled parks and informal gardens and learn about Napoleon’s role in reshaping this charming residential district of Venice.
One of the special highlights of this Castello Venice Walking Tour is the Church of San Pietro de Castello, the official church of Venice. Your guide will talk about its architectural heritage, which dates back to the 7th century.
Look out for the remarkable Throne of St Peter with its extraordinary backrest and verses from the Koran! The nearby bell tower or campanile has presided over centuries of history, and you may feel the need to adjust your eyesight as the tower leans precariously!
Famous people, maritime history, naval fortifications, monastery buildings, delightful bakeries, peaceful parks, historic islands and humpback bridges all have their place on this informative guided tour of Venice’s lesser-known Castillo district. It’s the perfect way to explore Venice for those who want to escape the crowds and delve into lesser-known backwaters with a knowledgeable local.
The tour ends with a breezy vaporetto ride back to St Marks’s Square. Take a seat at a pavement café and scan back through your photographs as you recall the many surprising sites that you visited on this off-the-beaten-path walking tour of Venice’s Castillo district.
This tour includes some of the lesser known ares of Venice. You’ll either be in a very small group of max 8 or a private tour anyway so the experience is quite intimate.
You can choose to go private or join a small group of max 8 so the experience is always intimate.
Castello Venice walking tour runs everyday and starts at 80Euros.