Our favorite itinerary (3 days)
Day 1 – Discovering the Urban Landscape: We will go visit the Basilica of St. Mark and the Doge’s palace where you will approach the monumental side of Venice: here is what travellers used to see first once in Venice, and here the Serenissima wanted to impress them with grand monuments.
This was the center for politics, culture and religion. Leaving the crowded streets behind you’ll discover ancient Venice which hides real art treasures.
We will suggest the most romantic itinerary and help you find the secret calli, selecting the most beautiful churches and palaces to see. We will help you to grasp the feeling of Venetian Architecture with a surprising succession of the most imposing and romantic perspectives in town. We’ll end the day in a wonderful, secret garden.
Day 2 – Discovering Venetian Art: We’ll introduce you to the masterpieces of the Great Painters like Carpaccio, Bellini, Veronese, Tiziano, Tintoretto, Tiepolo.
You will learn about the differences between paintings with religious subjects and paintings with profane themes, like mythology or historic scenes; or know Venetian portraits throughout the centuries.
We will help you discover the wonderful masterpieces of Venetian painting, and you will discover the atmosphere of a humanistic Studio, like in the School of San Giorgio dei Greci, or that of a Magnificent Renaissance Complex like the School of San Rocco.
In the end you will know why Venice developed the School of Color in contrast with the classical School of Drawing in Florence and Rome, and its many other original contributions to the history of art.
Day 3 – Discovering the lagoon and its islands: You can visualize the old Venetian territorial dimension, made up by water and land, and grasp the original meaning of “living in the lagoon”.
We’ll help you to understand the isolation of Venice before the bridge to the mainland was built and take you on a forgotten pre-bridge journey to the city that few modern-day visitors get to experience. Murano with its glass factories and ancient cathedral, Burano with its Lace Art and the XVIII Century village, Mazorbo with its villas and Torcello with its ruins and the VI Century Baptistery will show the most fascinating aspect of the Venetian atmosphere.
You will choose a nice trattoria for lunch on Burano and find an elegant and charming restaurant for dinner in Venice where you can choose to taste some of the most characteristic dishes in the Venetian cuisine, to discuss your unique Venetian experience.