Day Tour

Ecology of Venice (2 Hours)

Context Travel

Venice, Italy

Valid for Travel Now Through: 01 Feb 2021

Ecology of Venice (2 Hours )

Venice, Italy

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing

Meals

None

Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level

Moderate

Description

Starting with an introduction to why Venice was built where it is and how, the walk will equip visitors with the visual tools to interpret what we see in the historical context of this unique city, its relationship with the surrounding waters, and increase our understanding of its possible futures. Together with the identification of particular symptoms, characteristics and remedial measures, the narrative during the walk will also provide an introduction to the current safeguarding challenges for Venice and its lagoon.

The walk takes place in the San Polo neighborhood of Venice and threads its way among some of the tinniest alleyways and unknown quarters of the city, ending up at the glorious Basilica dei Frari. Along the way we will see the entrance to an historic palace, where the Serenissima Republic's urban planning policy will be explained; many different examples of building degradation linked to increasingly frequent flooding and chronic water level rise; as well as identifying the various structural methods for adaptation and mitigation of changing physical circumstances in Venice.

If possible we will also visit one of the sites where urban maintenance (canal dredging, relaying cables, raising walkways) is being carried out, to better understand the fabric of Venice and the techniques involved in safeguarding its future. This depends on where the works are being carried out at the time.

Participation in this walk automatically includes a donation to the Context Foundation for Sustainable Travel.

About Us

Context Travel offers cultural and historical tours and activities led by deep subject-matter experts in over 50 cities around the world. With coverage of lesser known locales as well as main city sites, our experts take clients through in-depth, thematic topics to help them get to know a city more deeply. The tours are designed to be the ideal environment for learning – they are conversation-driven private experiences that are structured, but never scripted.

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Terms & Conditions

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.



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By: Joe C


Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2018

Without question they did a superb job.
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"The Great European Tour"

By: MJ


Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

The trip was our first experience with Context and it was amazing!
Travel Advisor:  Donna Peacock
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informative

By: Shari


Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

The 6 person maximum of Context tours really made for an intimate learning experience. The docents they get to lead the groups were top notch!
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Millington

Context Travel: One very good tour, one medium good tour

By: Rob


Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2019

We had two tours, one entitled "Intro to HK: Colony to Financial Powerhouse" and the other "Kowloon Street Food Tour". The first had an architectural as well as historical framework, which was worthwhile, and our guide was very earnest and enthusiastic. We liked her very much. Our second tour, ostensibly a "Kowloon Street Food" got a little off track onto some political topics (reference is made in the description to discussing "local issues") but we made clear to our guide that we much preferred to spend our limited time checking out the street food and markets, and leaving politics and history aside. (Every guide prior to this had given us a similar capsule history of HK.) In fairness to our review of the guide, my wife and I were extremely tired by the time of our evening tour, and had to conclude the tour early, and we do not fault our guide in any way for our "running out of steam". Our guide was nice, though he made a couple of comments that might have been better left unsaid.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

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By: DHunt


Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2019

We were highly impressed with context tours. Each guide was very knowledgeable and the private group setting allowed us to really spend time and enjoy each site without feeling like we were part of a herd. Further, the guide is interactive, not just dictating into a radio with information.
Travel Advisor:  Nathan Cripps

Ecellent

By: Liz


Reviewed on: 22 Mar 2019

Great tours, leaders had in depth know,edge and were patient with questions. Length of tours were appropriate and breaks were schedule to accommodate our needs.
Travel Advisor:  Marion Harbison