Day Tour

Ecology of Venice (2 Hours)

Context Travel

Venice, Italy

Valid for Travel Now Through: 02 Mar 2019

Ecology of Venice (2 Hours )

Venice, Italy

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level



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

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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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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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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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