The Curse of Desdemona



Palazzo Contarini Fasan, Venice, Italy
30 mins

About the tour

Without wishing to spoil a classic tale, this tour starts at the house of a very special woman. Who you may ask? Well we'll be going to see the house of the woman who William Shakespeare used as a muse for Desdemona in his famous play Othello, the Moor of Venice. From there, Andrea will take us to unearth the secrets of a church built based on Kabbalah, which is an esoteric method, discipline, and school of thought in Jewish mysticism. To top off this properly mystifying experience, we'll venture to the most cursed palace along the Grand Canal, which is reported to have brought about the death of many of its owners.

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


10 November 2020

This tour and Andrea were super!! This was my first Virtual Trip, and I had so much fun! It was so neat to do this in real time. It was late afternoon, on a sunny, crisp, autumnal day, my time, and I was taking my own walk as Andrea was taking his. I have been to Venice, and it was great to see the city in such a 'haunted fashion.' Thank you! :)


07 November 2020

Andrea did a wonderful job in pointing out many points of interest...It was both enjoyable and informative...... brought back many memories of my visit in 2016....looking forward to his other tours....


07 November 2020

Really enjoyed your walk around Venice today. So nice to see somewhere else. And, what lovely weather.


07 November 2020

I believe this is my 4th tour with Andrea- he’s great, funny, and informative. I’d love to see him do a tour from a gondola-would be such a different perspective of a lovely city!


07 November 2020

Excellent tour guide and very interesting tour!

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