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.