In keeping with Venice’s morbid reputation, some walking tours focus on spectacularly gruesome murders and intrigues. The finest might be the city-run evening tour through the area of Cannaregio in northwest Venice, about a 15-minute walk from the Rialto Bridge. Apart from telling you about the ghosts which haunt the alleyways—like the one who stalks Venice with blazing coals in his eyes—the walk gives you the chance to leave the tourists behind, and along the quiet lapping canals see how contemporary Venetians live. The city tour starts at 8pm from Campo San Bartolomeo. Tickets are available from the Venice tourist office, which goes by its Italian initials APT, off St. Mark’s Square.
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