• Explore mosaics, monasteries and the magnificence of the golden ages of artistic production in Venice
• Visit the beautiful Ca’ Rezzonico, a museum of 18th century art and furniture housed in a palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal
• Enjoy a visit by private boat to the island of San Francesco del Deserto for a guided tour of the monastery
Tom Abbott is an art and architectural historian associated with the Foundation of Prussian Palaces and Gardens
Depart London Gatwick 0930 on Easyjet, arriving Venice 1235. Transfer by water taxi to Hotel Ca’ dei Conti for six nights. Afternoon visits to Santa Maria Formosa and Fondazione Querini Stampalia.
Morning walking tour of San Marco area and Piazzetta (ceremonial gateway to Venice) followed by visits to Doge’s Palace and Museo di San Marco (famous bronze horses and Treasury). Afternoon: San Giorgio Maggiore for Palladio church (Tintoretto) followed by visit to San Zaccaria. Evening lecture.
Morning: Baroque Church of Santa Maria della Salute and Galleria dell’Accademia (largest single collection of Venetian art). Afternoon walking tour beginning at the Arsenale: Museo Storico Navale, Scuola di San Giorgio degli Shiavoni (paintings by Carpaccio), Dominican Church of Saints Giovanni & Paolo (San Zanipolo, fine altarpieces) and Santa Maria dei Miracoli (exquisite early Renaissance church). Evening lecture.
Morning: Gothic Ca’ d’Oro (Franchetti collection of paintings), Church of Santa Maria Assunta (known as I Gesuiti, with stunning Baroque interior), Gothic Church of Madonna del Orto. Afternoon: old Ghetto, coffee & cake at the Ca’ Sagredo (fully restored palace on the Grand Canal). Free evening.
Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (Franciscan church, Titian and Bellini altarpieces), Scuola Grande di San Rocco (Tintoretto). Afternoon: Scuole Grande dei Carmini (Tiepolo frescoes) and Church of San Sebastiano (Veronese).
Island of San Francesco del Deserto (guided tour of Franciscan monastery); island of Torcello (Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta with vivid Byzantine mosaics); island of Burano (San Martin Burano and Lace Museum). Evening: private visit to Basilica di San Marco (subject to confirmation).
Morning: Ca’ Rezzonico (beautiful museum of 18th century Venice). Transfer by water taxi to airport for 1630 flight, arriving Gatwick 1740.
3 Mar — 9 Mar 2020
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"Tom Abbott, the tour director, was extraordinarily knowledgeable, very articulate and great fun!"
ACE customer on a 2019 tour with Tom Abbott
Please note that a good level of fitness is required for this tour, as many of our visits will be made on foot, and will involve navigating steps and bridges. A number of journeys will be made by boat, so participants must feel comfortable on water and when embarking and disembarking from boats, which may be rocking.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:
Cost of £2245 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, five dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £310.