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Venicescapes Historical Society

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A rolling, graduate-level lecture series delving into world history, religion, architecture, art, politics, economics, shipbuilding, infrastructure, and private culture, with the entire City of Venice as its classroom.
Calle Oslavia 6, 30132 Venice, Italy
+39 041 850 5742
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Reviewed 5 December 2018

My husband and I took a 6-hour tour with Michael on our first day in Venice. We were really glad that we did. It was a great introduction to the city - its beginnings, its growth into a mercantile empire and its decline. We covered...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Becky A
Reviewed 17 September 2018

We were so glad for the opportunity to walk with Michael through Venice! We are thankful for his wisdom, patience, and insight!! We learned so much and had a wonderful time with him touring three different churches, digging deep into the history of Venetian art....More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Michael is amazing. We did two tours with him on our recent trip, one focused on the renaissance art of Venice and the other on the rise and development of the Venice’s government. Both were exceptional. Be prepared: these tours are deep dives. You will...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

My wife Kelly and I were in Italy for our honeymoon during the second half of September, and our first stop was Venice. We are so glad that we chose to spend a huge part of our first full day in Venice with Michael. We...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

We have now done three different tours with Michael over the course of two visits and we definitely plan to do more when we are lucky enough to return. He makes the history, the culture, and the design of the city easily accessible, and he...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We did "Rise of a Mercantile Empire" with Michael the first day we were in Venice and super glad we did. Both for the repeat visitors and first timers in our group (my 2nd visit), the tour provided the historical, political and commercial context which...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Natasha H
Reviewed 18 June 2017

My wife and I spent two days with Michael and were amazed at how well thought-out and organized the Venicescapes tours were. The “Story of a Mercantile Empire” is a must for anyone who wants to understand the history of Venice. “The Art of Salvation”...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Michael is a fabulous tour guide: knowledgeable, personable, and considerate. My husband and I spent more than 6 hours with him on our first full day in Venice, and it was a perfect investment of both time and money. Thanks to all that we learned...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Donna F
Reviewed 14 March 2017

My girlfriend and I recently completed Michael’s “Story of a Mercantile Empire” tour. The two of us are about the hardest couple that a tour guide could have to give a historical tour to. On the one hand, I teach history and politics for a...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Daniel F
Reviewed 11 October 2016

Michael's tours of Venice are simply amazing. We have done multiple tours with him, as have our friends, and he never fails to impress.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Castello is the largest of the six sestieri
(districts), and the only one not facing onto the
Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated
within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over
one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime
neighbourhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side
streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals
criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a
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Cindy H
29 February 2016|
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We have tried to get a reservation for friends a few weeks in advance during the summer and he was booked. We reserved several months in advance for the Spring and he was able to see us on the exact date we wanted.