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Chapter three: Romantic Venice

Romantic Venice: One week program designed to guide you along the most beautiful canals and roads of romantic Venice to discover its beauties, traditions and history.


Private transfer with luxury water taxi and English speaking driver from Venice airport to your Hotel.
Dinner reservation in an “over the top” restaurant


Morning: at leisure

Lunch in a reserved typical restaurant

Afternoon: Exploring the Lagoon: San Giorgio, Murano and Burano
Venice lies in the centre of a vast lagoon that stretches for about 30 miles from north to south, studded by numerous small islands, mostly deserted. This amazing environment is what drove the Venetians to establish their city here, a perfectly secure and inaccessible little world…Enjoy the beauty of a ride across the waters of the lagoon and visit 3 of the most important little islands situated in the northern section of the lagoon. We could start from san Giorgio Maggiore, a tiny island across Piazza San Marco. This island is still the house of a Benedectine monastery and from the top of their church belltower you can enjoy the best panoramic view over the city and the whole lagoon. About half an hour away is Murano, where you can enjoy a demonstration of glass blowing in a local furnace. And to conclude our excursion, Burano, a quaint and colourful fisherman island famous for its lace and charming architecture….

Dinner reservation in an “over the top” restaurant


Morning: St. Mark’s Square, the Ducal Palace and St. Mark’s Church

We start our tour with a brief walk through backstreets so as to understand the structure of the city and learn about its origins and its history. Soon we reach Piazza San Marco. This extraordinary square was designed to house the political centre of Venice. It was also the social heart of the city, the piazza where all great events where hosted. Here you find the most impressive buildings in Venice. Start off your visit with the Ducal Palace, the old government building, still preserving its magnificent décor. The palace, constructed in the 14th C, was the forge of all political decisions that made Venice grand and powerful. Adjacent is the magnificent Church dedicated to Saint Mark the Evangelist: admire the nearly 90,000 square feet golden mosaics and precious oriental marbles that drape the exterior and the interior of this truly Byzantine monument: there is no church like it!

Lunch in a reserved typical restaurant

Afternoon: Venice's secrets

Venice and its 118 little islands connected by approx. 400 bridges is undoubtedly a very special and unique city.
You will therefore surely enjoy this off-the-beaten track stroll through narrow alleyways and across bridges and side canals to discover the beauty and the very structure of it. You will learn about the city’s origins, how its magnificent palaces were constructed “on water”, aspects of present and past Venice. Cross the stunning Grand Canal and pass on to a different section of the city, much quieter and peaceful. Through a maze of alleyways we pass by Campo San Polo and reach the Frari Church, the most imposing example of religious Gothic in town, where you can admire Titian’s masterpiece: the Assumption of the Virgin Mary…After this, round the corner there is the Scuola of San Rocco, the house of a major confraternity committed to assist the poor and the victims of the plague: Jacopo Tintoretto spent 20 yrs of his life to decorate the magnificent interior of the Scuola producing more than 50 canvasses!
Though it might sound like it, this tour is not just about art…it will be about art, but more than anything else it will be be a way to discover peculiar aspects of Venice and Venetian life in the old…and present days!


Full day: Gourmet experience: gastronomic tour and private cooking class

A full day experience in the most exclusive gastronomic reality. Starting from a walk through the pictoresque arcades of the Rialto Market, where luscious fruit and vegetables grown on the islands of the lagoon are sold, together with Adriatic-caught fish. Continuing with a visit of the most historic coffee houses, visits in private palaces where drinks and refreshments will be offered. After having lunch in a very exclusive location based on home made Venetian specialities you will be guided into the historical Palazzo where you will start your hands-on cooking class and you will end up enjoying the fruits of your own labour with a delicious and relaxing dinner. Starting from the table setting to the decorations of all dishes everything will be extremely cured and refined.

Full day: Dream Villas on the Veneto countryside

During the 16th century the Venetian mainland became the destination of rich patricians who built their summer homes there. It was the beginning of a phenomenon, the rural idyll which continued for another two centuries until the fall of the Republic. Approximately 2000 country homes were built in various parts of the region, all displaying the opulence of their owners. Famous architects (Andrea Palladio, Francesco Maria Preti) and famous artists (Veronese, Giambattista Zelotti, Giambattista Tiepolo, Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini) created magnificent environments for this new Venetian vogue that came to be known as the “society of villas”. We will visit some of the most beautiful homes located along the banks of the Brenta, the “Grand Canal” of the mainland, including: Villa Foscari “La Malcontenta”, Villa Widmann, the Valmarana and Alessandri “barchesse”, and the splendid Villa Pisani. Or you can head towards the hills surrounding Treviso and admire Villa Emo and Villa Maser, both magnificent Palladian masterpieces.

Morning: Exclusive traditional Arts and Crafts in Venice

Your last morning will be dedicated to a special walking tour to explore Venice and its traditions through the creativity of skilled artisans with an authentic vocation to create unique objects with their hands and heart. This tour will take you to the most exclusive Venetian ateliers, where you will be able to see how the typical craftsmanship local products are created, still completely handmade as they used to be centuries ago. You will step back in time and will meet rare individuals expressing in their creations a unique heritage, while visiting traditional historic workshops in the heart of Venice where splendid and precious textiles are created using old traditional machines. You will discover how the famous Carnival maskes come to life. You will be offered to blow glass and see how the extremely precious blowed glass creations are made and you will have the chance to discover how a Gondola is made.... you will in fact visit one of few still active specialized gondola yards, called squeri, where this peculiar world-wide known boats are built.

Afternoon: Beauty and spa treatments

A professional beautician/therapist will be taking care of your body's needs selecting for you the most appropriate treatments and will offer you all attantions and care to give you a whole afternoon of complete relax and time for your self care.

Dinner: Reservation in a special restaurant.

DEPARTURE: Private transfer with luxury water taxi and English speaking driver from Venice airport to your Hotel.

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