Venice has retained its grandeur and maintained its status as one of the most beautiful cities in the world over the centuries due to its unique mixture of unspoilt buildings and innovative inhabitants. This tour with Thomas Abbott will combine visits to see important works of art, often in their original locations, with meeting artisans continuing artistic traditions and creating new work. The tour reveals some of Venice’s lesser-known gems that lie beyond the regular tourist trail. In these areas, discover workshops producing gondolas, carnival masks, Venetian mirrors and Dorona wine.
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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.
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