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Palladio & the Villas of the Veneto

15 Oct — 24 Oct 2020 | Tour Director: Charles Hind

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Charles Hind,

MA, FSA

architectural historian and Chief Curator and H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings at the RIBA

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Gatwick 1145 on British Airways, arriving Venice 1455. Transfer to Vicenza for five nights at Hotel Campo Marzio.

Day

2

Excursion to villas south of Vicenza: Villa Pisani La Rocca (by Scamozzi) and Villa Pisani at Bagnolo. Afternoon: Villa Barbarigo-Rezzonico (exterior) and Villa Poiana.

Day

3

Vicenza: walking tour including Palazzo Thiene (exterior) and visit to Palazzo Barbaran da Porto (Palladian Museum – guided tour with Curator). Afternoon: Basilica Palladiana, Loggia del Capitaniato and Palazzo Valmarana (exteriors) followed by Church of Santa Corona (Valmarana Chapel), Teatro Olimpico and Museo Civico (Palazzo Chiericati). Free evening.

Day

4

Morning: Villa Porto Colleoni (most important 15th century villa of the region) and Villa Godi (Palladio’s earliest villa). 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).

Day

5

Morning: Villa Trissino (home of Palladio’s first patron and where Palladio worked as a stonemason – exterior), Bassano del Grappa (site of Palladio’s famous wooden bridge). Afternoon: Villa Emo at Fanzolo (one of Palladio’s most beautiful villas).

Day

6

Palladio’s famous Villa Rotonda (visit subject to confirmation), Villa Pisani at Strà (vast 18th century villa with frescoes by Tiepolo), Villa Foscari. Transfer by boat along the Brenta Canal to Venice for four nights at Hotel Ca’ dei Conti.

Day

7

Morning: Palazzo Grimani (extraordinary 16th century interiors with important original sculpture collection temporarily reinstated), Palazzo Querini-Stampalia (well-preserved historical house museum) and Santa Maria Formosa. Free afternoon and evening.

Day

8

Morning: San Giorgio Maggiore and Church of Il Redentore. Afternoon: Palladio’s cloister of Santa Maria della Carità (Accademia di Belle Arti) and optional visit to Basilica dei Frari.

Day

9

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.

Day

10

Depart Venice 1130, arriving Gatwick 1245.

Tour Dates

15 Oct — 24 Oct 2020

Days

10

Cost

£3195

Tour Code

PALL-20

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Testimonial

“The Tour Director was extremely interesting and informative”
“I particularly enjoyed the Palladian villas and the beautiful and peaceful countryside around Vicenza”
“Throughout first class”
- ACE customers on a previous Palladio & the Villas of the Veneto tour with Charles Hind

FITNESS/

PRACTICALITIES

A good level of fitness is required for this tour, as it involves a significant amount of walking, particularly in Venice. Participants must feel comfortable navigating uneven ground, steps and cobbled streets.

CHARLES HIND WRITES

“We look forward to visiting the amazing and unknown Palazzo Grimani, with the most extraordinary 16th century interiors in Venice, which are virtually unknown yet just a few minutes’ walk from our hotel. Although Palladio did not design this palazzo, the Grimanis employed him elsewhere, and there is a very special reason for visiting next year. 2020 will offer the unique opportunity to see the archaeological collections – around which the extraordinary palace interiors were designed – returned to their places, for a fixed term, for the first time since the 17th century.”

FLIGHTS

Own flight reduction: £190

Cost of £3195 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) £480.

 
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