Day Tour

Castello: Maritime Venice (3 Hours)

Context Travel

Venice, Italy

Valid for Travel Now Through: 30 Mar 2019

Castello: Maritime Venice (3 Hours )

Venice, Italy

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level



Castello has the distinction of being the largest Venetian sestiere and home to the former powerhouse of Venetian naval construction, the Arsenale. Though not open to the public (except during the Biennale), the exterior architecture and history of the building itself remains essential for understanding the power of the Venetian Republic. Our stroll focuses on the southwest section of the neighborhood, quite distinct in character and perfect for discovering the quiet side of the island.

We'll have the chance to amble along the via Garibaldi, Napoleon's legacy of urban planning, which gives way to a lively and colorful district where one can find a myriad of alimentari, pasticcerie, and clothing stores. This thriving neighborhood is also home to the Giardini Pubblici, for those who are yearning to discover a bit of greenery, and the highly important church San Pietro in Castello. With its Palladian facade, the church was the official basilica of Venice until 1807, when the honor was transferred to San Marco.

During this walk each docent will select additional sites of historical, architectural, artistic, and cultural interest to paint a complete picture of this often overlooked neighborhood. For those who are looking to gain true insight into life and history away from the crowds, our voyage to Castello presents an excellent choice.

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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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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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