This website is managed by a licensed tour guide in Venice. Exercising the profession of tour guide without the appropriate license is not permitted by Italian law. Thus, when booking a tour guide in Venice, or anywhere else in Italy, it is your right to ask for proof that he or she holds a valid licence before entering into any agreement. Under present regulations in Italy, as in most European countries, it is strictly forbidden to elicit the services of a tour guide from a different person, such as a teacher, art historian or representative of a cultural association; even if the service has been booked through a travel agent. Therefore, before showing any personal or degree qualifications, your tour guide must be able to prove that he or she possesses an official tour guide licence. Without this, he or she is not permitted to undertake this activity and will be prosecuted. Licensed tour guides are the only professionals permitted to conduct tours in all sites and museums in Italian cities, especially in the city of Venice.
This web-site is operated by Qualified Tourist Guides
Unqualified guiding is not permitted by the Italian Law.
Therefore, when booking a local guide in any Italian city, it is your right to ask for proof that he or she holds a license before closing any deal. Under present regulations in Italy, as in most European countries, there is no such thing as a “docent”, lecturer”, “art historian” or “cultural association” to deal with when hiring the services of a local guide, either directly or through travel agents. Before showing any personal title or degree, guides must show that they are Qualified Tourist Guides first.
Qualified Tourist Guides are the only professionals permitted to conduct tours in all sites and museums within a city.
To become a Qualified Tourist Guide in Italy – like in most EU countries – candidates must pass an examination given by the local public tourist authorities to assess and test their knowledge of the city in terms of its history and geography, its art and architecture, its museums and art galleries, churches, its environs and cultural features. As part of the requirements, candidates must also prove their knowledge of each of the foreign languages they applied for with oral and written tests.
Qualified Tourist Guides provide a professional service to visitors: they act fairly in all dealings with all those who engage their services together with their colleagues, tourist services purveyors, local tourist boards and cultural insitutions. They protect the reputation of tourism in their own area of operation by taking all steps to ensure that their clients treat the environment, wildlife, sites and monuments and the local customs with respect. Local Tourist Guides are ready to share with visitors reliable up-to-date information on all aspects of the local life that may be of any importance to them such us temporary exhibits, food drink tips, markets, public transport, major events, and local venues.