Private Tour

The History of Venice Courtesans Private Tour

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

Unlock the secret stories of the courtesans in Venice on this leisurely paced walking tour packed with historical anecdotes and little-known facts. This Venice courtesans private tour riddled with excitement and intrigue uncovers the hidden 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
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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, our Venice courtesans private tour reveals stories behind the scenes from the Dangerous Beauty movie and the Honest Courtesan original book whilst covering storytelling venues. On this introductory walking tour we visit all the main (and some of the hidden) sights, this walk is an interactive history lesson in which the buildings, monuments, canals and personalities of Venice tell a captivating story of a city through time.


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.

Venice Courtesans Tour at Glance

Travel back to the past with  your guide who reveals the important role the courtesans played in upper-class society and their fascinating history. Along your Venice courtesans private tour, you’ll explore the Rialto area, the historical red light district in Carampane and see a palace where tax evaders were once imprisoned in the San Polo neighborhood. 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.


Stroll through the old artisan quarters of the city, better known as the Rialto, an area that surrounds the Grand Canal. Historically and presently Venice’s main trade area, the Rialto is a bustling district, ever popular with visitors, traders and locals alike. After a glimpse of Venice’s hectic side, follow your guide through the labyrinth of enchanting streets and narrow passageways that so many visitors fail to discover.


Explore the lesser known streets and canals of the historic of San Polo district while exploring the most private life in the Venice of the past. Pass timeworn old bars where merchants have relaxed for centuries, and pass through the so-called ‘castelleto’ area in Carampane, a historical red light district, where Venetian courtesans once worked the streets.


Hear about these well-heeled and independent women, as well as their questionable morals, and learn of famous and intellectual courtesans such as Veronica Franco, a poet who counted literates and other eminent Italians as her friends. Cross the naughtily nicknamed Ponte delle Tette (Bridge of the Tits), and hear how its name was given after the courtesans who were encouraged to model topless, touting their ‘wares,’ on the canals.


Pass Palazzo dei Camerlenghi in the San Polo neighborhood and hear how the beautiful Renaissance palace was once a feared prison for tax evaders. From the historical Rialto area to some quirky sites that many visitors don’t get to see, this behind the scenes walking tour shows you Venice at its rich and stimulating best!


  • Rialto neighborhood
  • San Polo neighborhood
  • Ponte delle Tette (Bridge of the Tits)
  • Palazzo dei Camerlenghi (from outside)

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 Venice Courtesans private tour is available on request any day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Good to Know

  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Regrettably this Venice Courtesans private 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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