This tour aims to go behind the scenes
to explore some of Venice’s lesser-known
gems that lie beyond the regular tourist
trail. Much of Venice remains more or
less as it was more than 500 years ago,
with many important works of art still in
their original locations. As such, it offers
a rare opportunity to step back into the
past and see how the art of previous
centuries was experienced at the time it
was created. Each day explores a specific
region of the city to seek out treasures
located in churches, palaces and meeting
halls. It is therefore suited to those who
have already been to Venice and are
keen to explore further, or those who
are keen to learn more about the city’s
history and distinctive visual culture.
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Fly from London to Venice with British Airways
and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon walking tour
to the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, which houses
more than 50 paintings by Jacopo Tintoretto.
Continue to Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, which
houses many great paintings in their original
locations, including works by Titian and Giovanni
Bellini, as well as a sculpture of St John the
Baptist by Donatello, the Florentine artist. After a
welcome dinner, stay 3 nights at Hotel Al Sole, a
former private palazzo dating from 1500. (D)
Today begins with a visit to the Correr
Museum, home to the woodcut print of the
city produced by Jacopo de’Barbari in 1500,
as well as a selection of Renaissance paintings
by Antonello da Messina, Giovanni Bellini and
Vittore Carpaccio. Continue to the Marciana
Library, one of the richest Renaissance interiors
in Venice, decorated by the leading Venetian
artists of the 16th century. The final visit this
morning is to the Church of San Zaccaria, which
contains important altarpieces by Antonio
Vivarini and Giovanni Bellini. This afternoon,
explore the Castello district, including the Scuola
di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, with wonderful
narrative paintings by Vittore Carpaccio, and
San Giovanni in Bragora, the parish church in
which Vivaldi was baptised in 1678. Continue
to the Accademia, Venice’s main art gallery,
where the focus will be on works that illustrate
developments in Venetian Renaissance painting, including those by Giorgione. (B)
This morning, visit Santa Maria Formosa,
designed by Renaissance architect Mauro
Codussi. Continue to Santi Giovanni e Paolo, the
largest church in Venice and burial site of doges,
then see the facade of the Scuola Grande di San
Marco, one of the most important facades of
the Venetian Renaissance. Continue to Santa
Maria dei Miracoli, one of Venice’s undisputed
architectural gems. This afternoon, visit the Ca
d’Oro (House of Gold), a late gothic palace on
the Grand Canal, before walking to the remote
region of Cannaregio to visit the Madonna
dell’Orto and the Church of Gesuiti, home to one
of Titian’s masterpieces, the Martyrdom of St
Lawrence. This evening, there will be a private
visit to the Basilica San Marco. (B)
Cross St Mark’s Basin to Palladio’s beautiful island
of San Giorgio Maggiore to visit its church and its
bell tower, followed by a private visit of the Cini
Foundation’s fine collection of art works. After a
farewell lunch, transfer to the airport and fly from
Venice to London with British Airways. (B, L)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by the lecturer, as well as an
experienced local guide.
Based in 3- and 4-star
A pedestrian and maritime city,
Venice is renowned for its lack of vehicles. This
trip includes a fair amount of walking each day,
with periods of standing in each location.
Dr Richard Stemp studied
and history of art at
Cambridge, where he
also completed a PhD on
sculpture in Ferrara in the
15th century. He works as an independent
art historian, teaching at the National
Gallery, Tate and Wallace Collection, as well
as on-site across Europe.
Siân Walters studied
history of art at Selwyn
College, Cambridge and
has worked in France and
Italy. She lectures for the
National Gallery, Nadfas
and Surrey University, and leads art history
tours abroad. Her areas of interest are Italian
Renaissance painting and the art of Spain. In 2016 Siân was shortlisted for the Wanderlust World Guide Awards.
Hotel Al Sole is located in the Santa Croce area and housed in an historic palace dating from 1400. The stately, Venetian-style rooms are elegantly decorated and offer modern bathrooms. Some rooms have views of the gardens or the Grand Canal. Upgraded rooms and suites add tea and coffee making facilities and ornate antique furniture. There is a quiet courtyard where breakfast is served each morning.Features: 62 rooms, restaurant with terrace, business centre, lounge, interior garden courtyard.Room amenities: Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, minibar, air...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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ICV2016: 3 Nights
Venice is a uniquely beautiful city, which has inspired many of the world's greatest artists and writers...