This walking tour is an impeccably researched history lesson about Venice from its extravagant beginnings as a fashionable seaside resort mimicking the original Venice, through its poorer period to the vibrant yet gritty place it is today. The clever twist is that the tour guide has an excellent collection of old photographs and film clips which he brings out and shows (on his IPad) at the appropriate moments along the tour, allowing you to compare past and present. The presentation is both intelligent and entertaining, with many fascinating anecdotes. I've lived in the area for years, but almost everything I heard was new to me. I highly recommend this tour to locals and visitors, with the proviso that it might not appeal to children.
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