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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.
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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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.
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.