Unique Venice tours for travelers who want to slow down and experience more.
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The Venetian Pace: Naturally Slow
In recent decades, the need to slow down has grown dramatically. The world seems to spin ever faster, and, as a consequence the desire to escape from the speed and the stress of everyday life has evolved into an international movement that covers many areas; from Slow Food, which emphasizes the consumption of quality products, local cuisine, and enjoyment, or Cittaslow, an international association of cities where quality of life, diversity and environmental protection are among the priorities, or Slow Travel, which encourages people to experience places without pressure, recommending that instead of visiting as many sights as possible, they visit more selectively and come away from their holiday with a fuller experience, having traveled more slowly and absorbed more deeply.
Slow Venice takes inspiration from all of these. I offer a relaxed — and relaxing — way to discover a richer Venice, and aspects of the city, of its history and culture that would otherwise be overlooked.
In recent years, the daily life of the barely 59,000 inhabitants of Venice has changed drastically, forcing many residents to relocate to the mainland, Tourism (more than 20 million visitors a year) has driven up rents it has become more and more difficult to find an affordable shop, office, workshop or atelier. Small, private stores and businesses are disappearing, replaced by ever increasing numbers of chain stores and souvenir shops selling goods not made in Venice. The city is increasingly in danger of becoming a combination of a shopping mall and theme park, where the most popular attractions are gondola rides and the purchase of masks.
Yet, in spite of all the homogenization and cheap merchandising, there are still aspects of Venice, innate and in place over centuries, that are particular to the city and unchanging: the daily lives of residents, how and where they socialize, the workings and maintenance of the city, the challenging relationship with its lagoon, and of course, the magnificent art and architecture of old, along with the many hidden treasures still being created today.
To discover all this takes time: I look forward to shaping and sharing that time with you in Venice.
At the heart of Slow Venice is the concept of sustainable tourism
I customize each tour to meet every client's interests and needs but do it without squeezing too many things in a short time.
The rich and enduring culture and lifestyle of this fragile city should be seen at a slow pace.
But to begin, please see the section of this website called itineraries. They will help you to familiarize yourself with tours that others have enjoyed and they may suggest to you things you would like to see.
Keep in mind, however, that we can visit any other museum, church, area of the city, or place of interest, not just those in the itineraries.
Browse Venice in Images for an overview of Venice and its treasures, arranged by subject. What fascinates you most? What would you like to see in person?
Find out more about special offerings centered around museums and current exhibitions, remembering that today's venice is home to both artists, and contemporary and modern art collections, from the Guggenheim to Ca’ Pesaro to the Fortuny to the Biennale.
I will also be happy to help you find restaurants to suit your palate, whether those that offer basic fare or fine venetian food, and can advise you, too, on public transport options.
I am here to provide whatever other information you might need to make your stay in venice both more convenient and more pleasant.