The Birth of Venice - Fire and Stone



Rialto, Venice, Italy
30 mins

About the tour

Why and how was Venice born? Befitting such a unique place, the story of how it came to be is riddled with curiosities, intrigue and tragedy, having been ravaged by fires over the course of its history. Starting at its birthplace, Rialto, we will get to view the city from its highest point. Rialto comes from 'rivo' and 'alto', meaning high canal. It marks the first part of the lagoon where people lived and so boasts the oldest church in town and the first bridge that spanned the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge. An iconic site, the Rialto Bridge has been a favourite for a millennia of foodies, having hosted the food market for more than 1,000 years. The best views, some interesting tales and a lot of Venetian humour is in store for us on this tour!

Meet your local guide


Andrea might be one of Venice's most entertaining tour guides. Why do we say that? Well you don't have to look far to see him jamming out on his guitar singing songs in the Venetian dialect. He likes to think of his tours like a small show so make sure to have your drinks and snacks ready for your time with Andrea! Born and raised in Venice he's as Venetian as you can get and he loves sharing unique stories of his city.

Andrea has been guiding since Dec 2012

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Venice with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and amazing guide.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Venice. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer or tablet.

Reviews from travellers


19 August 2020

Very personable


19 August 2020

Andrea was knowledgeable, willing if to answer questions posed and charming


18 August 2020

I liked the quirkiness of the tour, walking off the beaten track and away from most other tourists. Well done Andrea other tourists


17 August 2020

I left a tip but felt let down by Andrea’s tour. Maybe it was the format but he seemed disorganized. The camera work was below par as well.


17 August 2020

Andrea did a great job, given the circumstances of the virtual tour. Since 4 of us on this tour with Andrea had been on a trip to Venice about a year ago, we had different expectations for this virtual tour. But, on reflection, it really was fine. Andrea did a nice job--low key, relaxed, knowledgeable. The constraints of the format (30 minutes) made it necessary to restrict the tour to one area--around the Rialto bridge. Overall, it was a nice little taste of what Venice is really like, for tourists...and we actually learned a few things we had not picked up on our own tour. For us, a highlight was to see all the glasses of aperol sprtiz drinks on the cafe tables. Our walking tour guide introduced us to the tradition, and some of us became addicted. It's distinctive fluorescent orange color makes it easy to spot anywhere! Great job Andrea. Thanks!

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