Private Tour

Venice Courtesans Private Tour

Art & History
Romance & Honeymoon
Duration: 2 Hours
Languages: EN, ES

Unlock the secrets of the courtesans in Venice on this 2-hour walking tour. This Venice courtesans private tour riddled with excitement and intrigue uncovers the other side of the ‘The City of Love’ when Venice was the Red Light District of Europe. Along the way, your expert local guide regales you with the stories, scandals, and unusual happenings of the past.

Perfect for:
  • Art & History Lovers
Covid-19 Health & Safety Measures

What to Expect

We know that many people love to visit destinations they have seen on the big screen to feel the movie magic come to life and take a walk in the shoes of their favorite characters. On this Venice courtesans private tour fans of Dangerous Beauty will be able to soak up the unique atmosphere on the streets where the story was born. You will delve into the history of love in Venice and learn about the hidden lives of Veronica Franco and Casanova.


Set in Renaissance Venice away from the guided books, the tour reveals stories behind the scenes from the Dangerous Beauty movie and the Honest Courtesan original book covering storytelling venues. Travel back to the past as you stroll through the streets and canals of the historic of San Polo district with a licensed guide who describes the important role the courtesans played in upper-class society and their fascinating history.


Discover the history of Venice as a libertine city. Travelers who visited during the Renaissance never failed to marvel at the number of courtesans living here. During the golden age of Venice, escorts were called honest courtesans and their lives was sparkled with glamour, splendor, and excitement. The city was open-minded enough to allow women as well as men to indulge themselves and took pride in its highly educated courtesans.


Along your tour, you will uncover the life of Veronica Franco the most famous and intellectual Venetian courtesan in the 16th century who counted literates as her friends. Learn about the first Casino in Venice often a meeting place for Casanova and the Venetian aristocracy. Find out why Veronica Franco was the queen of honest courtesans and Giacomo Casanova the king of libertines. From the old red-light district to some of the oldest houses in Venice, this walking tour shows you Venice at its rich and stimulating best!


  • Off the beaten path & behind the scenes itinerary
  • Hidden streets & famous squares, between Rialto and Dorsoduro districts

What Is Included

  • Private licensed professional local guide

What Is Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Food & drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • Anything not expressly mentioned as included

Meeting Point

In your hotel lobby (only for centrally located hotels) or at an easy to find location. Full details provided upon booking.

Important Information

  • This private tour is available on request any day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
  • Mandatory Covid-19 Rules – Traveler Requirements starting from August 6, 2021 until further notice:
    All participants who are over 6 years old are required to bring and wear a facemask.
    In accordance with government guidelines, during the service all participants must maintain a safety distance of 1 meter from other people.
    All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days before the activity starts, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts.
    All participants who are over 12 years old must bring and present a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver’s license, etc.) matching the vaccination or test results.
    Those who will not present the required documents will not be entitled to any credit or refund. For more information about how the rules may apply to you, read here or consult the Italian embassy in your country.

Good to Know

  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • This tour is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.

How to Book Your Private Tour

  • Send Us Your Inquiry
    Fill out the tour inquiry form and we will respond with availability and price quote.
  • Payment Policy
    Full payment by credit card is required to make a reservation. We use industry leader Stripe for all card transactions.
  • Tour Voucher
    Within two business days of payment, we will email you a voucher with all the booking details. Such email constitutes your proof of purchase.

Tour FAQs

We are on a cruise. Can we take this Venice courtesans private tour?

Yes. Please mention this in your initial email inquiry and we will arrange it accordingly.

What happens if it's raining?

Our tours happen rain or shine. Our guides are great at adapting their route during changes of weather. Please bring an umbrella.

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If you would like us to put together a bespoke tour tailored to your needs, our dedicated trip planning specialists are on hand to help you develop an experience that will be just right for you and yours.

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