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Monday, 29 August 2016 07:03

Take care of our Venice!



Important advice for tourists

Venice is a city utterly over-run by tourists. But Venice is also home to thousands of people going about their everyday business (and they're not all dependent on tourists for their livelihoods). So visitors should bear in mind that that is what they are - visitors - and make an effort to behave appropriately.

Plaintive little pleas from the council are plastered around the tourist sights urging tourists to behave with decorum. There is even a new awareness-raising 'decorum week' with a parade of boats down the Grand Canal. And the threat of fines for picnickers and bare-chested men. I won't advise you not to drop litter; that goes without saying. But some local 'rules' of behaviour are less obvious so I've done my best to come up with some advice that will help you to give tourists a good name.

Walk on the right

This is the norm in Italy, and in several other countries too. Visitors from the UK, where we favour freestyle walking, can take a long time to tumble to this. In Venice, where the narrow lanes are thoroughfares used by all, tourists and busy locals, this is absolutely vital. You should keep to the right, always allowing room for others to pass (stick to single file when necessary). Keep to a brisk pace on busy paths. If you want to stop to look in a shop window or consult your map, pull in, removing yourself from the stream of traffic just as you would if you were driving. Spare a few moments to imagine what it must be like for those who have to take these tourist routes every day to get to their office or run urgent errands.

Don't block bridges and don't picnic

On a similar note, don't obstruct bridges. If you must stop on a narrow bridge to admire the view (and in picturesque areas, it's hard not to), keep out of the way and don't cause a traffic jam. Do not sit on bridges to eat your lunch unless you want to infuriate hundreds of passers-by. Public picnicking, incidentally, is frowned on in general and in some areas it's banned. From time to time the police threaten to fine people attempting to eat in public places around St. Mark's Square; I've seen picnickers being moved on. Try to find an out-of-the-way spot where you can sit decorously on a bench.

Boat etiquette

And next, be considerate on boats. Venice's ferries get very crowded. Boatmen will often urge passengers to move forwards ('avanti!') and to find space inside the boat. Tourists who hang around near the gangplanks will prevent other passengers from getting on and off, and will win themselves no friends. Don't be too worried about getting through the crowds when you reach your stop. Once your ferry has moved off from the preceding stop, head for the exit, uttering a firm 'permesso' when you need to pass someone. Take off your rucksack when you're on a boat.

Dress decently

This is necessary if you want to enter churches or monuments. Women and men should basically be covered from the collar-bone to the knee, or as near as possible. Shorts and bare shoulders will give offence and may result in you being barred from religious sites, though a scarf or sarong can save the day. I've seen tourists with sleeveless tops turned away after queuing at St. Mark's.

Don't dress for the seaside. If you're visiting the beaches at the Lido, by all means (un)dress appropriately. But away from the sea, Italian men do not go bare-chested, and both men and women tend to cover themselves up more than the British or Americans. (Women often dress provocatively but not in a whole-expanse-of-skin way like Anglo-Saxons). Some Italian towns are so offended by scantily-clad tourists that they have introduced by-laws banning bikinis and bare chests on the streets. Venice joined them in 2007: men - if you go bare-chested you will offend other people and you could get hit by a big fine.

Be polite

It’s only good manners to learn a few phrases in Italian - at the very least, you should master 'please', 'thank you' and 'do you speak English?'. 


Thank you : Italy Heaven



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Thursday, 14 July 2016 11:33

Hidden treasure. The Venice Ghetto

During our free tour, FREE WALK IN VENICE, when we start from our San Geremia meeting point (we have 4 different ones) we go also to discover the Venice Jewish Ghetto.


So, do you know that Venice is also famous because the first ‘Jewish Ghetto’ in the world was based here?



It is the area where the Jews were forced to live and that has shaped many other European cities! When visiting the Venice Ghetto one learns that since the 16th century there have been five synagogues, but today it is almost impossible to recognize them in the tall buildings if you do not know what to look for. In this district, there are, in fact, monumental buildings separated from the rest of the houses, since the Jews in Venice only had a small space around the squares of the Ghetto Nuovo and the Old Ghetto, and it is for this reason the buildings are very high, because it developed as the population grew.



Synagogues were then built on top of the normal housing because, according to the teachings of the Talmud, places of prayer should rise over the city, and from outside they are only recognizable by counting the windows. In fact, all the synagogues of Venice have five large windows, to provide them with more light. According to the Talmud light is fundamental to a synagogue because it is a symbol of life, and therefore, of God. On the choice of the number five there are various interpretations, but the most likely is connected to the distribution of Talmud, precisely divided into five parts, which represent the manifestations of light.



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Monday, 11 July 2016 13:38

The history of the Venetian CAMPO


If you attended one of our free tours in Venice you know that we speak a lot about the history of our CAMPI.

But do you remember what is a "campo"?  Here a reminder of our Free Walk in Venice team !

Venice was founded in the fifth century by people from the mainland who fled the Hun invasion from the north to take refuge in the lagoon’s marshy islands. The center of the original community, “Venetia” , moved from island to island , but by the ninth century was firmly established in its present location.

Originally, each island was semi-autonomous. Houses were built around the edge so that each house had direct access to the water for commerce and trasportation. The open space in the center, the campo, was used for community needs such as the graveyard, for grazing cattle, for the water cistern and well, and for the public events such as markets and festivals. Shops and businesses opened onto the campo.  All movement from island to island was conducted by boat; bridges linking the island communities were built centuries later. The city’s island structure created a strong sense of neighborhood identity and rivalry.

Originally, as their name implies, the campi were unpaved fields. In the eighteenth century , to protect ladies’ ankle-length gowns and elegant shoes, especially during the evening passeggiata , wide stone paths called listone were constructed across some campi. Tassini describes the passeggiata that took place on winter evenings along the paved listone on Campo Santo Stefano. Today, Campo San Pietro in Castello district is the only campo that is still grass crossed with stone paths.

Nowadays in the Campo, those living in the neighborhood shop, go for coffee and newspapers, while Venetians living elsewhere pass through on their way to work. In this setting, persons encounter each other many times a day and brief conversations ensue. Here, even casual acquaintances become familiar figures. Public life is visible and audible to all. No part of the campo is fenced off or inaccessible, and of course, there are no cars to impede social interaction!

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Sunday, 10 July 2016 03:22

SAN SERVOLO ISLAND. Do you know it?


During our FREE WALK IN VENICE, free tours, we speak about our many islands in Venice. But do you know the history behind the San Servolo island?

After the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797, the island of San Servolo – previously a monastery and military hospital – became the home of “The Central Male and Female Lunatic Asylum for the Venetian Provinces”, serving an area from Dalmatia to the Tyrol. Known to the Venetians themselves simply as ” The Island of Madmen”, it had all the services it needed to function: a vegetable garden (kept by the patients), ironwork and woodwork shops, a printing shop, a shoemakers, a clothing factory, a mill and even a pasta factory.

Following the promulgation of what became known as the “Basaglia Law“, after the name of the politician who introduced this bill to close all state-run mental asylums, the complex at San Servolo was redeveloped. Is is now possible to visit the library, pharmacy, and the museum of the psychiatric hospital, where the archives have been carefully reassembled and catalogued. The collection contains registers, clinical dossier and more than a hundred medical instruments used at the time within the asylum.

On the ground floor is a reconstruction of the original anatomy theatre, complete with 19th-century medical instruments and the stone slab used for autopsies. Note the extraordinary collection of skulls and encephala that have been plastinated, a special preservation technique that was developed at the University of Padua. The therapy section traces the development in methods of treating mental patients. There are herbal medicines created in the island’s famous spezieria (pharmacy), instruments for hydrotherapy and electric-shock treatment, and equipment inspired by an approach that was more concerned with patient “morale” (centred around the value of work and the beneficial effects of music). Along with instruments used in scientific analysis and research, there is a section that illustrates the means used to restrain “difficult” patients: a grim-looking assortment of leather wrist straps and belts, protective gloves, handcuffs and strait-jackets.

Like most mental asylums of the day, San Servolo made ample use of segregation and isolation – auxiliary measures that were part of an oppressive, authoritarian regime that focused more on detention than treatment.

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Thursday, 07 July 2016 12:45

Dry your laudry like you're in Venice!

During our Free Walk in Venice travellers use to take lots of pic of  laudry, we suppose because until that moment it's something they haven't seen very often at home.

But it's not just "laudry" it's the way we usw to dry it that you love! Not having a clothes dryer we develop a knowledge about the weather and its capacity to dry garments that you can't imagine !

Looking out the window during the morning we can easily understand if today is the welcome "Laundry day!".

The perfect day is a sunny one, less humidity, a certain kind of breeze not so strong but steady!


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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 15:21


Free Walk in Venice is just the first project of the Isola Tour non-profit Association, officially registered in 2014 by Venice lovers and professionals in the tourism sector as well as cultural and heritage managers.

During our free tours we help our guest and supporters of our Association to know the real and hidden Venice that we love!

We are friendly, greeters and passionate ambassadors of the city, and we’ll help you to discover the most amazing spots, beautiful areas faraway from the tourist ones.

We believe in fairness and our mission is to make you feel at ease during your stay.

This is why we promote only Venetian cuisine giving you the best tips about it and providing information about the best ways to transportation and to choose tickets to museum and various attractions.

We don’t believe in boredom and this is why we love interaction and exchange with our guests for a nice and relaxing walk speaking about the most curious and hidden aspects of the city.

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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 01:51

Chimneys in Venice!


If you have three full days to explore Venice, you encountered a delight you’d never read about in any of the many accounts of the city’s history you’d perused, a wonderful legacy of the craft workers who built the city!

Apparently the masons who built Venice brick by brick took special delight in adding a unique fillip to the designs of some of the greatest architects of the age, literally crowning their creations with an extravagant array of chimneys, each unique in its own way.

Venice has about 7,000 chimneys! The chimneys — from the funnel-shaped to those that resemble a twisted pasta noodle — come in 10 different styles. If you’re wondering why anyone would count them all, it’s because they’re part of Venice’s fascinating architectural heritage…could be possible to make a walking tour just to search them!

A distinct architectural characteristic of Venice is found in its chimneys. Try walking around Venice with your nose in the air and you will see an intriguing skyline, punctuated by chimneys of various strange sizes and shapes. These are the same chimneys that can be seen in paintings by Carpaccio and Canaletto among others, and form a vital element of this incredible city’s character, topping off the elegant palaces like so many party hats. There is a practical reason for their odd shapes, however. Their peculiar forms prevent the escape of sparks into the air by whirling them around their inner walls until they fall, spent, to a collecting space at the base of the chimney. A necessary measure in a city that uses abundant amounts of wood in its palazzi!


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