Day Tour

Architecture of Venice (3 Hours 30 Minutes)

Context Travel

Venice, Italy

Valid for Travel Now Through: 30 Mar 2019

Architecture of Venice (3 Hours 30 Minutes)

Venice, Italy

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level



Venice's architecture and urban development has evolved from the unique environment and cultural nature of the city. Built on a lagoon, ingenious methods of laying foundations and construction were essential, while the Republic's vast trade empire ensured a constant influx of influence from the East. Our Architecture of Venice walk aims to give you a sense of the growth in Venetian architectural styles, as well as insight into the urban planning of a city challenged by a dense population packed into a small string of islands.

We begin in Campo San Zaccaria where, opening times permitting, we will have the chance to discuss the mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles of the church complex. Depending on the interests of the group, we may then meander toward Campo Santa Maria Formosa, where we can see the modern interventions of Carlo Scarpa and Mario Botta on the 16th century Palazzo Querini-Stampalia. The campo also gives us a chance to discuss the importance of the parish church and its role in helping define and divide sections of each neighborhood.

We will then make our way toward the Rialto to explore architecture in the historic commercial and trade district, from the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, former storehouse and lodging for German merchants turned post office, to the bridge itself. For a long period this was the only bridge across the Grand Canal, the current structure being the third incarnation. Heading toward the political seat of Venice, San Marco, we will have the chance to see some of the square, which houses fine examples of Renaissance and Baroque palaces and church facades. We will spend our time dissecting the form and function of these immense structures and their importance in glorifying the Venetian Republic to the outside world.

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