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 (regional connections available) to Venice and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon walking tour, including the Church of San Zaccaria and the Basilica of San Marco, followed by introductory lecture and welcome dinner. Stay 4 nights at Hotel Saturnia. (D)
Visit 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. This afternoon, taste the best chocolate in Venice at an artisan chocolatier workshop. Explore the Castello district, including the Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, with wonderful narrative paintings by Vittore Carpaccio; San Giovanni in Bragora, the parish church in which Vivaldi was baptised in 1678; and San Francesco della Vigna, a 16th-century Franciscan church. The day will end with an aperitivo and cicchetti, small snacks, at a bacaro – a tradtional Venetian bar. (B)
Venice’s many islands are famed for their traditional crafts. Take a boat to Murano to visit a Venetian mirror producer and the glass museum. Continue to a unique vineyard in Mazzorbo that survives high tides to produce Dorona wine. On Giudecca, Mariano Fortuny bought a former convent in 1921 as a remote base for making his revolutionary fine pleated fabric; the manufacturing process remains a strictly guarded secret. Visit a gondola workshop to see how these distinctive vessels are made. (B)
This morning, visit Santi Giovanni e Paolo, the largest church in Venice and burial site of the doges, then see one of the most important facades of the Venetian Renaissance at the Scuola Grande di San Marco. 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, and the Church of I Gesuiti, with superb stucco work and home to one of Titian’s masterpieces, The Martyrdom of St Lawrence. Visit a long-established fabric producer owned by the same family for generations. This evening there will be a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Start at 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. Continue to the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, which houses more than 50 paintings by Jacopo Tintoretto, followed by a visit to the church of San Sebastiano, Paolo Veronese’s masterpiece in Venice. Venice’s carnival is known for masked revellers; visit a traditional mask maker. Transfer to the airport and fly from Venice to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted throughout by a lecturer who has specialist knowledge of the destination and its culture, as well as an experienced local guide.
Based in 4-star accommodation. Please visit this tour on our website to see details of the hotels included.
This tour involves some long walks over uneven ground and therefore requires a good level of fitness. Also, there will be boat rides across the canals.
Please note that the exclusive and individual nature of private visits and the availability of individual artists and artisans means that appointments are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Also churches, private houses and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be re-arranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.
Thomas Abbott is a specialist in art and architectural history, studied Italian Renaissance and baroque art. He graduated in psychology and art history at Carleton College, Minnesota, completed his graduate studies in the history of art and architecture at the Technical University of Berlin, and has also studied at the Louvre School of Art History in Paris. He has conducted many acclaimed cultural and art tours to Venice, Rome and throughout Europe.
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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ICV2018: 4 Nights