• Learn about the life of Andrea Palladio, and enter famous and lesser-known villas in and around Vicenza and Padua
• Visit sites including Villa Godi, Palladio’s earliest country house, and the Villa Porto Colleoni, the most important 15th century villa of the region
• Cruise along the Brenta Canal into Venice and enjoy visits focusing on Palladio’s religious architecture
Charles Hind, MA, FSA
architectural historian and Chief Curator and H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings at the RIBA
Depart London Gatwick 1145 on British Airways, arriving Venice 1455. Transfer to Vicenza for five nights at Hotel Campo Marzio.
Excursion to villas south of Vicenza: Villa Pisani La Rocca (by Scamozzi), Villa Pisani at Bagnolo. Afternoon: Villa Barbarigo-Rezzonico (exterior) and Villa Poiana.
Vicenza: Teatro Olimpico, Basilica Palladiana, Loggia del Capitaniato, Church of Santa Corona, Palazzo Barbaran da Porto, Palazzo Thiene (exterior) and Museo Civico (Palazzo Chiericati). Free evening.
Morning: Villa Porto Colleoni and Villa Godi. Afternoon in Padua: Basilica of San Antonio (work by Donatello and Palladio), Odeon, Loggia Cornaro and Botanical Garden (oldest in Europe, founded by Daniele Barbaro).
Morning: Villa Trissino (home of Palladio’s first major patron and where Palladio worked as a mason – exterior), Bassano del Grappa (site of Palladio’s famous wooden bridge). Afternoon: Villa Emo at Fanzolo.
Palladio’s famous Villa Rotonda (visit subject to confirmation), Villa Pisani at Stra (frescoes by Tiepolo), Villa Foscari in Malcontenta. Transfer by boat along the Brenta Canal to Venice for four nights at Hotel Ca’ dei Conti.
Free day and evening in Venice for independent visits.
San Giorgio Maggiore, Il Redentore, Palladio’s cloister of Santa Maria della Carità (Accademia di Belle Arte) and optional visit to Basilica dei Frari.
Morning walking tour: Arsenale (exterior), Scuola di San Giorgio (paintings by Carpaccio), San Francesco della Vigna (Palladio’s first church façade), San Zanipolo and Rialto Bridge. Free afternoon.
Depart Venice 1130, arriving Gatwick 1245.
17 Oct — 26 Oct 2019
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Cost of £3145 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, seven dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement (double room for single use in Venice) £455.