In addition to the mini-courses offered on an individual basis, Venice à la Carte also offers a program of seminars throughout the year which focus on a specific topic.
The idea of the seminar is to give our members an opportunity to return to Venice and experience a particular aspect of the Venetian culture or environment, together with other members.
Seminars start on the first Saturday of the month, at 9:00 am, and end around 5:00 PM.

The Venetian Landscape – February

  • General: The evolution of the Venetian house
  • Concentration:»I QUATTRO LIBRI DELL’ARCHITETTURA» by Andrea Palladio Practical part:

Secret Gardens – May

  • General: The history of the Venetian Gardens – Art and Botany
  • Concentration: The Botanical Garden of Daniele Barbaro and Antonio Michiel, two Venetian humanists and passionate plant collectors Practical part:

The Arts

I. General: Five centuries of Venetian music – March
Concentration: Venetian Opera in the XVII Cent. And the figure of Francesco Cavalli Practical part:

II. General: The evolution Venetian painting – January
Concentration: A XVII Cent. Treaty on Venetian painting: «La carta del navigar pittoresco» by Francesco Boschini Practical part:

III. General: Venetian Sculpture – November
Concentration: A Sculptor between two Ages: Antonio Canova Practical part:

The Artisans – December

  • General: Working in Venice: History, Art and Devotion of Guilds
  • Concentrations: The birth of a gondola Practical part:

Venice & Literature – June

  • General: Anglo American writers in Venice at the turn of the century
  • Concentration: Henry James, Robert Browning, and Mrs. Singer de Polignac (an American princess) Practical part:

Antiques – October

  • General: The history of the Venetian furniture
  • Concentration: Restoration of antique finishes Practical par

The Natural Side – July

  • General: The ecology of the lagoon
  • Concentration: Sea horses and Herons Practical part:

Villas of the Veneto – April

  • General: The history of the Venetian villa – between need and pleasure
  • Concentration: Alvise Pisani and his family villa on the Brenta Practical part: