Saturday, February 7, 2015

Journey to Michelangelo's Rome: Venice Add-On


As you think about traveling on one of my Michelangelo's Rome trips, consider adding a few days in Venice, one of Italy's most fascinating cities. 

Renaissance Venice: Add-On [Proposed Itinerary; Subject to Change]
October 18-23, 2015 or February 21-26, 2016

Day 11: Travel First Class on the Eurostar from Rome to Venice
The train will be met by a water taxi which will take us to our accommodations. After everyone is settled in, we will take a walk through the neighborhood and have dinner together at a local restaurant.
Dinner together at a local restaurant.

Day 12: San Marco and the Doge’s Palace
We will begin with a guided tour of the Doge’s Palace, the former political seat of the Serene Republic, and an amazing introduction to the art, history, and culture of Venice. Afterwards, we will make our way to Palazzo Pisani-Moretta -- an architectural gem featuring Tiepolo ceilings, Murano glass chandeliers, and a view of the Grand Canal. In the evening we will enjoy a special after-hours tour of the grand Basilica di San Marco including parts of the Basilica that are normally closed to the public.

Day 13: Murano, Torcello, and Burano
We will travel by private boat around the Venetian Lagoon. Venetian glassblowers have been confined to Murano since 1291 as an effort to mitigate the risk of fire within the city. We will visit a glassblowing factory for a tour as well as one of the island’s most beautiful churches. We will stop for lunch on the island of Torcello where we will also visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta. We will then stop on the island of Burano, the center of Venice’s lace-making artisans.

Day 14: San Giorgio Maggiore
By boat we will cross the lagoon to visit San Giorgio Maggiore -- a Palladian masterpiece. We will also tour the adjacent Cini Foundation -- a former Benedictine monastery with cloisters -- also designed by Palladio. And we will ascend to the church’s campanile for one of Venice’s most stunning views.

Day 15: Free day to explore Venice 
Tonight we will gather together for a final celebration dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 16: Fly home from Venice 

Interested? Email Angela for pricing and more information. 

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