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The City Discovery Game - The Alternative Tour of Venice

4.3 / 5

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Activity provider: Secret City Trails

The City Discovery Game - The Alternative Tour of Venice

Activity provider: Secret City Trails

From US$ 28.74 per group up to 5

Done following maps? Not really one for following a tour guide? Play a riddle game to see Venice's hidden gems and unlock forgotten stories.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Get an unconventional and authentic view of Venice's less traveled paths
  • Discover the Jewish Ghetto, the casino of Venice, and the grand canal
  • Solve riddles and unlock local stories
  • Go beneath the surface of Venice
Full description
Enjoy an interactive city discovery experience across Venice. You’ll solve riddles via a web app in your phone’s browser. Your challenge starts on n Campo San Geremia in Cannaregio. All the information you need for your adventure is in your email after booking. Solve 12 riddles. Each riddle takes you from one (hidden) location to the next. You’ll unlock local recommendations and fun facts - as well as the history of the city. This game was developed by a local Venetian tour guide. Venice is filled with secrets that are off the beaten path. This discovery game takes you through the hidden backstreets of the Cannaregio district. Riddle by riddle, you will traverse through the immense history of Venice, uncovering pieces of the city’s identity that have been lost in the maze of time. You’ll discover spots in Venice that most locals don’t even know about. You’ll see popular sights from a different angle.
  • A link to the web app game (received via email). The game is played in the browser of your phone. You need a little bit of data, max 2MB. No downloads
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    Start on Campo San Geremia in Cannereggio.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Luggage or large bags

    Know before you go

    •  This is a self-guided city discovery experience. There is no tour guide that will join your urban adventure. No one will wait for you at the meeting/starting point. All you need for your exploration will be written in your email from the supploer
    •  Games are available in English only
    • There are a few rules to the games - and the supplier will remind you of them before playing, but just so you know: every riddle is made up of (cryptic) directions and a question. To answer the question, you can try as many answers as you like. If you’re stuck, you can ask for a hint
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    Overall rating

    4.3 /5

    based on 49 reviews

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    This was a great way to walk around Venice, and explore the sights with a sense of mission and fun rather, than just aimlessly walking about with the rest of the tourists. We did it as a family with a 17 and 14 year old, they enjoyed it too and it kept us all entertained - good for all ages and even without kids I’d recommend it. It takes you to a secret park (bliss on a busy August day in Venice) and around some quieter streets and areas that we wouldn’t have found without doing this, which I think most visitors would miss otherwise. It also tells you lots of interesting facts and history about Venice too on the way round. Would highly recommend this. We enjoyed it so much we are planning on doing the one for Milan too when we get there in a couple of days

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    August 10, 2022

    In the beginning there were some problems with our order. We didn't receive an email from the provider and contacted us via the number provided (in Portugal!) and then quickly received the information we needed to start the game. As promised, the game takes you to very beautiful and interesting places, which in most cases are far away from tourism. The puzzles were structured in an exciting way and there were no duplications, so you always looked forward to the next puzzle. The level of difficulty was also such that you could actually solve all the puzzles without hints, but it still wasn't too easy. The "stories" that you received afterwards were written very lovingly and often made you smile. If you don't understand English very well, you can simply copy the texts and have them translated by DeepL, for example, which works without any problems. With small breaks in between, it took us almost 2 hours.

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    August 6, 2022

    This activity really motivated our 11 year old daughter who was getting sick of museums and of aimless strolling around Venice. There were 12 easy puzzles and quite a few interesting facts. We enjoyed it a lot, it also took us to some places we would never see otherwise. A relaxing and fun family afternoon.

    April 29, 2022

    Product ID: 209955