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“Grazie Mille Francesco! ”
Review of Free Tour Venice

Free Tour Venice
Ranked #41 of 213 Tours in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Historically, the first free tour in Venice. With the best guides with open hearts who are willing to show you the real city and give you great tips about where to go and what to see. It's probably the best welcoming tour in the city.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

I was in Venice on a trip with my mom this month and was looking for something to do. We happened on this free tour quite by accident, while wondering around in the morning. We saw a gentleman with an iPad waiting and approached him. He introduced himself as Francesco De Sanzuane and told us he’s a genuine Venetian. He was waiting for the people who booked the tour in advance and we asked if we could join them. It was a free tour with a request for a donation to benefit a boat that can accommodate wheelchairs. Francesco welcomed us warmly. The tour was extensive, informative and entertaining, with questions and answers on both sides. There were only five of us on the tour which made it personable and intimate. We toured five of the six districts (excluding San Marco) beginning with the Jewish Ghetto. We were meandering in and out of small alleys that we would never otherwise knew existed if it wasn’t for the tour, while Francesco stopped at specific points of interest to explain about the rich history of Venice through the centuries. Francesco is very knowledgeable with ample amount of information, including some very juicy tidbits. There was a lot of walking involved and we had to keep up with Francesco’s brisk pace, avoiding the tourist traps along the way, but it was so well worth it. We even stopped for coffee halfway through the tour. I highly recommend this tour to anyone. Best value I town.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Booked the free morning and afternoon tours but had to cancel the afternoon one as we were all exhausted! A really great tour, lovely guide Shannon. Very very good tour with lots of fascinating information shared.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend this free tour that you decide what you want to pay at the end. Our guide Anna (Anastasia) was brilliant and so knowledgeable about Venice. We definitely saw parts of Venice that we would not have discovered without the tour. We were part of a big group and everybody stayed the full 3 hours as it was so good. This is a must!

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

My partner and I both did the morning and afternoon tour while we were in Venice.
Our guide for the morning tour was Elisabethe(?) who was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the city. She was more than happy to answer any of our questions and gave great inside stories as well as tips on where to eat and tourist traps to avoid.
While the morning tour was more about the history of Venice and the way it was built, the afternoon tour was more about landmarks and secret hidden spots.
I can't remember the name of our afternoon tour guide, but again a very knowledgeable guy. Given that he is an art student, he had great insides on paintings and design aspects of the city.

Highly recommend doing both tours at the beginning of your trip in Venice so you have an idea as to what to do/ see/eat on the remaining days.

Also, love their website where you'll find great places to eat per district. Great recommendations, we had way better food after the tour and these recommendations than before. So even if you're not interested in a tour, visit their website at least!

1  Thank Britttsle
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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

I have now taken quite a number of free walking tours throughout different cities in Europe. This was one of the best I have done. Oscar, our tour guide, was so knowledgeable about Venezia - it's history, architecture, art. He gave lots of good information and took us places we definitely would have missed of just walking around on our own. He even had pictures to show us to compliment what he was explaining, which I feel is always a good sign of how much effort the guide puts into a tour. Overall and excellent way to spend the morning. Oscar I wish you best of luck for your studies and your future!

Thank James C
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