A few feedbacks about our Experiences and Custom services
Dolore P. via email after a Mosaic Class
“We had the mosaics class this morning and LOVED it!!
Thank you so much for choosing a very talented woman artist and for offering the class. We would never have discovered the studio — and the learning opportunity — without Venezia Autentica. Grazie mille!!!”
“We booked a walking tour and gondola ride through this site, along with a mosaic class. What a great experience, so glad we found them. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about Venice and it’s history. He walked at our pace… He took us to different areas that were not crowded like the main areas of Venice. We learned so much. The mosaic class was a real treat. The instructors were masters at mosaic, we learned a lot and created our own little mosaic. I would definitely recommend this experience if you plan on visiting Venice in the future. Well worth the money!.”
Anne P. after a Discover the Hidden Venice with a Venetian
The tour with a born Venetian we liked very much. The meeting place was easy to find and our guide greeted us very warmly. Then it started – away from the busy streets through Cannaregio. We took a wonderfully relaxed walk. Meanwhile, a very informative conversation took place with Barnaba, who gave us a lot of information about the city, the residents and the history. Also anecdotes and superstitions were told. We enjoyed it very much and we are already considering what activity we will book next time.
Chico D. via email after a Walk and Gondola
“It was an excellent experience; Barnaba is a great guide, articulate and informative.
The back streets and canals of Venice is where Venice is…not the mass of humanity of San Marcos.
Venice is a beautiful city and deserves to survive.”
Kay. R, via email after a Cichetti tour
Maria D. après une bookiding experience
Vonda W. reviewed Venezia Autentica – Discover and Support the Authentic Venice — 5 star
Alison P. reviewed Venezia Autentica – Discover and Support the Authentic Venice — 5 star
“Discover the Hidden Venice with a Born Venetian”
We had a great walk with Barnaba today. I highly recommend booking an “experience “ with Venezia Autentica. Enjoy what Venezia has to offer and support a wonderful local business with an important mission.
Fionn. H via email after a custom experience and Hire a Venetian
“Many thanks for your help in making the trip a success for all of us, over a huge age range.”
Aisling. H via email after a custom experience and Hire a Venetian
“We all safely home or heading home and we’re all very pleased with our trip to Venice, the various tours led by Barny and the dinner.”
Here's more of what people say about Venezia Autentica
Wonderful way to visit Venice with this great couple...we are saddened to see what is happening with the devastating floods..heart thoughts to all there...💌🌻🌺💐🌸🌹🦋🌷🌼
November 17, 2019
We have a flat in Venice but we mainly live in Egypt. We come very often so. It’s nice to share with people who love it as much as we do. I have a passion for this city since ever. And my dream came true when we bought a flat in Santa Croce. I am French, my husband is Égyptien and we both love it.
November 16, 2019
I love the authentic sustainable tourist edge of this group and there passion for trying to save there community from decline. When you walk around Venice you feel the soul is draining away. The life in Venice is going and it seems no one wants to hear the voice of its residents.
November 16, 2019
November 13, 2019
The idea is really important. Venice ist no Disneyland but a impressing place with a long colourful history, very special people and many impressing traditions. It is not a place to buy or sell but a place to live. Sabastiano and Valeria show this in a very lovely way.
October 25, 2019
I have just joined Venezia Autentica for my up coming trip to Venice. For only €13 you can have a year membership offering discounts in many places whilst helping local Venetians . Can’t wait to get back to Venice!
October 8, 2019
L'idée que je me fait de Venise c'est empêcher les ferries au nombre de 7 d'avoir accès à la ville.Les touristes en shorts et sandales avec leurs papiers gras sur la place Saint-Marc est une très grave insulte aux artistes qui ont un de Venise un joyau mais qui malheureusement ne restera pas longtemps un joyau si les gouvernants de Venise ne mettent pas d'ordre dans cette cité fragile
August 9, 2019
I had to leave Italy after my service in the army at camp Darby near Pisa. Ever since that day I have longer to return to the most amazing country on this Earth. The art,the food, the people, the beautiful Grand canal are all a party of what makes Venice the most beautiful place in the world. This page makes me so happy to be able to enjoy and relive Venice on a daily basis through video.Thank you!!
July 30, 2019
We have been returning to Venice on an annual basis for the past 25 years. With the help of your website, this year‘s trip will be marked by a profounder understanding and respect for La Serenissima and it’s inhabitants. Thank you for helping us in this endeavor.
July 25, 2019
Venezia Autentica is such a fabulous organization....doing wonderful things to preserve the Venetian lifestyle. We are so looking forward to being back in Venezia in October and plan to use our Autentica pass and search out the local shops and ristorante.
June 23, 2019
Venezia is decaying rapidly thanks to the throngs of people coming off those ships which should not be anywhere near her anyways. It always had its share of tourists and die quite well. Nowadays you hardly meet Venetians who can even afford to live there. But those ships! They will be the death of La Serenissima. Let those who wish to visit her find other ways of doing so.
June 5, 2019
Lo recomiendo todo, es maravillosa como ciudad con mucho arte en sus palacios sus iglesias sus plazas y fabricas de de cristal y como lugar de vacaciones y su gente es muy atenta y el idioma casi lo comprendes enseguida a nada que te esfuerces todos alguna vez en nuestras vidas deberíamos visitar Venecia para mi es mi ciudad fetiche y ciudad del amor Dulcinea Ruiz-castellanos
May 10, 2019
We booked three Venezia Autentica experiences, and we enjoyed each of them very much. We walked away having learnt a little about the local culture and having seen Venice from a different perspective. Also, we were very happy with the pictures from the private photo shoot turned out, Sebastian captured the moments beautifully. Highly recommend!
April 29, 2019
Pour une Venise qui dure et qu’il ne se fasse pas envahir que par des souvenirs touristiques made in China !
April 24, 2019
The goal to shop authentic is the whole point of shopping in any city. The beautiful city of Venice is so romantic and historic, it would be a crime if the residents were driven from their homes because of imposters and scam artists selling cheap imitations of Venetian goods. The courage and determination to work to keep Venice authentic is inspiring. Sebastian and Valeria are fabulous crusaders!
April 15, 2019
I wouldn’t like to see more locals leave. If we buy local when there and eating where the locals eat is nicer. I’ve always liked Venice and knowing about past history is interesting. I love reading and watching the videos.
April 14, 2019
Because they have Love for Venice and want it to be sustained by the local families and artisans who live there. A city without inhabitants is a ghost town. Venezia Autentica will guide you through a wonderful journey during your state. I support Venezia Autentica.
April 10, 2019
It is very interesting and informative. And the places where you go. I love watching been to Venice once and lived it so when I watch the video,s that are shared I feel as though I am back in Venice. Very enjoyable 🥰
April 8, 2019
March 19, 2019
Amo Venecia, fui tres veces pero me quedaria mas tiempo para poder disfrutar de este maravilloso lugar , mediante esta pagina es una excelente manera de estar actualizada con el dia a dia de este lugar, fabulosa pagina, prolijos trabajos ! Esplendido!
March 4, 2019
Le quotidien des vénitiens est bien mis à l'honneur. page mise à jour quasi-quotidiennement. L'humour et l'amour pour Venise, la ville, les habitants, leur histoire...
February 25, 2019
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February 18, 2019
Venecia is a magical city , been there 3 times and I discover more things to do , where to go , what to buy , love the food , love the history, am going Back in July the 3 th week to see the Fireworks and celebrate the Redentor . Love it, grazie Mille . 😃🙏 Thank you Venecia Auténtica 🌹🌹🌹
February 3, 2019
Without their constant support throughout the year, by showing life in day to day order for the locals and all types of weather. They bring it alive and especially to the likes of us who love the city of Venice, Well Done!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
January 9, 2019
Sebastian and Valeria are doing a fantastic job enlightening travelers of the importance of Venice, a UNESCO world heritage site. Their tips on how best to enjoy it, and learning to respect and help preserve the city and its residents make visiting more meaningful and fun. Venice is a treasure to be discovered! Thank you, Sebastian and Valeria for your hard work and insight!
January 4, 2019
Splendida Venezia e GRAZIE A VOI per farcela vedere in tutta la sua bellezza anche se si è lontani 😃😮🍀
December 28, 2018
Absolutely the best source for information about sustainable tourism in Venice, experiences with local craftspeople, where and how to eat and drink like a local
December 13, 2018
I've been to Venice so many times, always with camera in hand, and I was intrigued by Venezia Autentica's photography experience - but I've already seen all the usual landmarks so I requested something a little more custom and asked if Sebastian could do an "off the beaten path" photography tour - something to help me discover secret spots that only a local would know. We just did that tour yesterday and BOY did he deliver!! 😎 He's a born-and-raised Venetian - and a photographer himself - so he knows all of the great postcard-worthy spots. That experience was definitely the highlight of my trip. But the thing that made it special was that I was connecting with a **person** in this beautiful city. I'm always here as a tourist but have never had a chance to make a connection with a local: to ask questions, to see what life is like for someone who lives here - and having that connection changes how you perceive a place. It feels like you as the tourist become a little more invested in helping the city keep its special-ness. Sebastian is a genuinely nice & upbeat guy and you can tell how invested he & Valeria are in keeping the real Venice alive. I'd absolutely recommend trying out one of their experiences: it'll be the highlight of your trip. It's the difference between just visiting Venice and engaging with Venice. This is totally worth your tourist dollars.
December 6, 2018
Everything in Venice is amazing. But if you enjoy the city with respect, politeness, and mainly being a clean tourist.
November 21, 2018
November 18, 2018
Découvrir la vraie Venise, racontée et filmée par de vrais passionnés, et qui surtout la défende !!!! merci 💜
October 1, 2018
September 9, 2018
Valeria and Sebastion bring Venice into my home. Tho I visited Venice, and thought I had found many unusual places, I see there is so much more to find. Love your show and your conversations with us.
May 8, 2018
Great idea! Merci ! grazie! I will be in Venice 2 weeks from now... have been several times... taking my niece on her first trip there. I am an activist to keep Venice real, low key and have signed all the petitions against cruise ships destroying the foundations of this unique city. Cannot wait to follow your tips!
April 5, 2018
We did a 2 hour Off The Beaten Path tour today with Barnaba and it was a fantastic experience. Our group of 5 included two little girls and we got to explore the more quiet areas of Venice, learn about the history of the republic (and find some great gelato too!). Our guide was patient with our kids and their need to stop frequently for a break, while allowing us to ask questions about life in Venice today. We are so glad we did this tour.
March 30, 2018
Amazing to sit in my small town Canadian home and watch the boat race live. An experience I would not have as a tourist. Thank you for sharing your amazing city, culture and history.
March 30, 2018
bellissime immagini di questa meravigliosa cittá "fuori dal mondo reale". un modo per continuare a viverla...
February 28, 2018
Thank you for having my name I cannot wait to visit thank you for showing the snow for the very first time so much beautiful thank you so much
February 28, 2018
February 8, 2018
Amo Venezia. Estuve tres veces, la última vez el año pasado, una semana, y me resultó poco para seguir disfrutando tanta belleza.
October 25, 2017
Consigliato a chiunque voglia conoscere la vera Venezia. Ho seguito alcuni dei loro suggerimenti e mi sono sentita a casa!
October 8, 2017
We have just returned from another magical trip to Venice. This year we purchased a friends of Venezia Autentica pass. The pass costs from €10 and gives you a 10% discount on purchases of €30 or over in shops that display the Venezia Autentica logo in their window. Great!! Who doesn’t like a discount. But the discount proved to be the least important part of purchasing the pass for us. We went on a Venezia Autentica logo hunt! It was great fun. We explored parts of Venice we hadn’t been to. Seeing sights of beautiful Venice that we would have missed. When we discovered shops that were part of the scheme it was very apparent why they had been asked to join. Local craftsmen (and women of course!) who produce the most amazing jewellery, sketches, prints, masks and many other objects that are individually crafted, not mass produced, and unique. I was lucky enough to buy a Murano glass necklace. The lady in the shop showed me how the beads were made, explained what materials were used and gave some history of the shop. This has made my necklace all the more special. This is a wonderful scheme that supports the local craftsmen of Venice. If you plan to go to Venice, have been and are thinking of going again, or just love Venice, please consider buying a pass. Like I said, it isn’t just about a discount, it gives an extra experience. It gives you confidence that you are buying authentic Venetian ware, you are supporting local businesses and craftsmen, supporting the Venetian economy, and making very special memories.
October 1, 2017
September 10, 2017
August 31, 2017
Venezia sera toujours ma ville préférée de l'Italie avec tout le charme, la culture, la gastronomie, l'accueil. Malgré que toute l'Italie Est belle mais avec des charmes différents.
July 11, 2017
I trust in God not to pass without going there again, my favorite place in the World. Have the best memories, from its history, music, art and crafts in general. Enjoyed the Reggatta that will never forget.............it was for me a second honeymoon!!!!!!!! my beautiful and romantic Venezia, a little piece of Heaven on Earth................
June 27, 2017
You are telling me what i have been trying to find out during my 5 visits to Venice. My next trip will be so much better. Thank you.
April 15, 2017
La mejor experiencia de mi vida ha sido conocer Venezia y deseo volver sin olvidar Lido, Murano y Burano. Amo Venezia.
March 19, 2017
I love Venice so very much. I was there first in 1960th...and have been back many times since...The last time in 2014 in October I stayed for two weeks near Campo San Giacomo del Orio. Still a wonderful alive place. Many changes over the last 50 years are sad, mostly that the city has become too expensive for meany Venetians...and the masses of short term tourists flooding the city. Still, because I know the city so well I was able enjoy the many little hidden places.Thank you all so much for the great work you are doing to save the real Venice!!!
March 14, 2017
March 10, 2017
I absolutely adore Venice, in fact when I visit it feels like I've come home! So this is the place my fiancé and I have chosen to get married in. This page and the website is fantastic for authentic up to date information on all things Venetian and our wedding guests have the details too! It also satisfies my desire to be back in Venice through the wonderful live videos and photographs that are posted regularly. Grazie!
March 7, 2017
Today I spent 5 hours on a photo shoot with Venezia Autentica! What a great experience seeing and learning so much about this beautiful island and every day life in Venezia. Thank you so much, Valeria & Sebastian, true lovers of this island for sharing it with me. I will treasure your friendship forever. It's people like the both of you, that makes life so easy and beautiful. I hope that one day in the near future, I will be able to do the same for you when you come to visit me in New York City! More shooting tomorrow! �
February 17, 2017
I just came back from my 10th visit of Venice since 2012, and cannot wait to see my big love again. Unfortunately I have to wait several month .. every time I come to Venice it is different, but lovely always <3
February 13, 2017
December 6, 2016
Consigliatissimo anche per chi già abita a Venezia! Ragazzi splendidi che tengono molto al futuro della nostra città e puntano al turismo di qualità! Non esistate a chiedere loro qualsiasi informazione su Venezia!!
October 11, 2016
Je trouve très bien et j aimerait travailler avec vous et j'ai des idées sur Venise et continuer les amis
February 7, 2016
Thank you to Venezia Autentica, Valeria & Sebastian, it was a great pleasure to walk and talk with you today; your enthusiasm for your subject is impressive, you deserve a lot of respect and success with your project. We are lucky to have met you.
January 23, 2016