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A route that introduces us to the most obscure and romantic Venetian legends.

What we will see
  • Giudecca Canal
  • Island of San Giorgio
  • Church of Santa Maria della Pietà and Ospedale della Pietà
  • Calle degli Assassini, Campo San Giovanni e Paolo, Scuola Grande di San Marco and Calle delle Carrozze.

What we will do
  • We sail along the Giudecca canal on our double-decker boat.
  • Having reached the island of San Giorgio, we head for the Cornoldi district. Here, in the company of our local guide, we begin our journey through the legends of Venice.
  • Our first stop is the Church of Santa Maria della Pietà with its orphanage annex, the Ospedale della Pietà situated at the back of the church, where Vivaldi lived and worked as a violin teacher for around forty years.
  • We continue our excursion, exploring secret passages and some of the city's ruins, walking through the Calle degli Assassini, campo San Giovanni e Paolo with the story of the Scuola Grande di San Marco and the Calle delle Carrozze, home to the Doges and the setting for a tough battle between two Doges.

What you need to know

  • Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.
  • This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
  • We recommend comfortable shoes and clothing, as extensive walking is involved in this tour.
  • The excursion is available both to guests in transit and two guests with flights, trains or transfers from Venice after 6.30 p.m. Guests not disembarking in Venice are advised to refer to 'Diario di Bordo' for the time at which you must be back on the ship.
  • More details on disembarking instructions, baggage recognition and transfer times are communicated via an informative letter delivered to your cabin.
  • Any further transfers at the end of the excursion, from the Cruise Terminal to the train station or any other destination, are not included in the excursion programme.
  • Costa Cruises offers all excursion participants a luggage deposit situated at the Cruise Terminal where luggage may be deposited and collected until 5 p.m.?