Private Tour of the Artisanal Workshops of Backstreet Venice

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Enter the backstreets of Venice and discover the world of artisans who make the gondolas, the masks, and the costumes that have made the city so famous.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Travel Curious

Immerse yourself in the backstreet world of artisanal Venice on this three-hour tour, where you’ll learn about the making of the oldest Venetian traditional crafts - from the gondolas to the masks. On your private tour, you will:

  • Enjoy the personal attention of your private guide as they expertly navigate you through the city’s lesser-known alleys and backwaters.
  • Discover the oldest crafts of Venice, visit a collection of Venetian workshops, and meet the artisans.
  • Meet a “Mascarer” craftsman and watch as they demonstrate how to make a Venetian Carnival mask. 
  • Visit a gondola workshop and ‘Remer, where they make the oars, and marvel at the specialized carpentry involved.
  • Explore the most ancient weaving factory in Venice as well as the atelier of the last local woodcarver.

This quintessential Venetian experience is ideal for travellers looking to go behind the façade of the city and learn about the artisans who have made the city famous. You will meet the incredibly skilled craftspeople who have for generations made the gondolas, the masks, the costumes and all the fine things that Venice is world-renowned for. 

Enjoy a walk with your local, English speaking private guide through the traditional districts of the city, and visit a collection of Venetian artisans' workshops located in the lesser-known back alleys of Venice. 

You’ll visit the workshops of gondola makers, mask makers, and weavers and learn about the intricacies of carving the oars and rowlocks. You’ll be treated to a demonstration of how to make a Carnival mask – and observe the colourful precision involved in each hand-made piece. The tour concludes with a visit to an ancient weaving factory and to the atelier of the last local woodcarver. You will walk away from this tour feeling enriched with a new appreciation for how Venice was forged and made famous by these talented and dedicated artists. 


Tour duration
3 hours

Type of tour
Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.

Tickets included
- Venetian mask-making demonstration
- Private visit of a gondola making workshop
- Private visit of a weaving factory

Other inclusions
Gratuities, food & drink are not included. 

Suitable for
Arty Farty, Culture Vulture, Family, Friends

Attractions along this route:

Squerariol - Gondola Manufacturers
Watch the gondola manufactory process, a craft dating through the centuries.

Remer - gondola rows
Enjoy a demonstration of how the oars and rowlocks are designed and cut.

Mascarer (masks)
Immerse yourself in the Venetian atelier of mask-making.

Ancient weaving factory
Learn about Italy's textile production at an ancient weaving factory.
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