There are many enterteinments and interesting performances, aside of the real parties in Venetian taste that are often hidden for the large public, which is morelike to enjoy the Venice Carnival on the road.
5 Days / 4 nights – The Venice Carnival – an adventure worth to be experienced
The Carnival of Venice is an annual festival, held in Venice. The Carnival starts around two weeks before Ash Wednesday and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Martedì Grasso), the day before Ash Wednesday.
The Venice Carnival is now world famous – it always takes place during the ten days leading up to Shrove Tuesday. Carnival, being a pre-Lent festival, means ‘farewell to meat’ and is celebrated throughout Italy.
Day 1 – Venice
Welcome at Venice Airport by our English speaking tour escort and transfer by private group boat to the hotel (luggage on board included). Check-in in hotel and day at free disposal. Overnight in Venice.
Day 2 – Classical Venice and Accademia
After breakfast meeting point with our tour escort and nice stroll till St. Marks square for a guided tour with a professional guide in the heart of Venice (2 hrs)
This visit is a must and will take you to the heart of Venetian institutions. For centuries Saint Mark’s Square acted as the backdrop to the State’s main activities.
A tour of the magisterial rooms at the Doge’s Palace, once the site of the Serenissima government, offers an insight into this efficient and fascinating political machine. Admire the paintings extolling the Myth of Venice, its conquests and diplomatic successes. Relive the pomp and ceremony of one of Europe’s most prestigious capitals.
The Basilica of Saint Mark, now the city’s cathedral, was once both the Ducal Chapel and a reflection of State magnificence. You’ll be dazzled by its golden mosaics and precious marble.
Free time for lunch. In the afternoon guided visit of Gallerie dell’Accademia.
Day 3 – You can choose from the following optional tours:
Option 1: Rialto and Ca’ d’Oro (2 hrs)
A stroll through the famous market area of Rialto and its stalls of fish, vegetables and fruit, while discovering the ancient edicts aimed at controlling commercial trade. Rialto market – once the centre of commercial and financial activity – is still a fascinating place full of colour and history.
On board a gondola ferrying us across the Grand Canal we will then visit Ca’ d’Oro, one of the most prestigious fifteenth century palaces in Venice and a fine example of a Venetian merchant’s home. Donated to the city by Baron Giorgio Franchetti, the palace’s last owner, Ca’ d’Oro contains paintings, frescoes, bronzes, sculptures and tapestries from the Baron’s private collection, plus other bequests.
Option 2: Frari Church and San Rocco School – Venice Artisans (possible only during the week from Monday to Friday)
Venetian churches are so full of works of art that they are like museums. Who paid for it all? And why? In a republic in which individual glory was strictly subordinate to that of the State, the commission of art works became a way of celebrating and enhancing social prestige. Noble and wealthy families as well as small confraternities of citizens of a more modest social standing commissioned the altarpieces in the Venetian churches in the hope of assuring a place in Heaven. However, the more wealthy associations enjoyed the luxury of prestigious sites. Their quarters were small-scale versions of the Doge’s Palace, lavishly decorated with artistic masterpieces.
We will guide you through the wonderful Frari Church and the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, with works by Bellini, Vivarini, Titian and Tintoretto. This tour is a journey into the depths of the soul, a fear of Hell and the nightmare of the Plague, as Venetians sought to legitimise their wealth and love for life on earth.
Time at leisure for lunch or we suggest a stop in a typical “Bacaro” ( traditional Venice winebar), where simple dishes are served in a typical and informal environment.
Venetian people use to “andare a ombre e cicheti”, that consist to go to several “bacari” and “osterie”, eating every time, little tasting of fish or salami and drinking “ombre”(glass) of wine.
In the afternoon our tour escort will let you discover a part of the Artisan World stille alive in the city.
Special visit in an ancient “Squero” (gondola yard) Today the “Squeri” are often more rare. Each of them, don’t build more than 3 or 4 gondola a year, but there is still work to remodel old boats and for the annual upkeep of gondola.
The “Squero” is always by the water, with a wooden shed where the boat builder can work in winter and store their tools.The owner usually lives on the floor above, or else in adjoining building. In front of the building, a piece of open ground slopes down of the edge of the canal.
The owner, who knows all of secrets of various types of wood employed of special paint mixture, that their protect with seven coats of colour. He will disclose some of necessary passages for a construction of a gondola, why it is asymmetric, etc.
Then we will continue with a visit to a Mask’s atelier, that is not a simple shop, but really laboratory where clients will have the opportunity to understand why Venetian people used masks, and why this is still today so charming for a man!
We will examine carefully the mask culture of the “Commedia dell’Arte” (Harlequin, Pulcinella), which have every one, an exact code…. In the magic fascination of Venice.
Day 4 – Venice islands , Murano Burano and Torcello (or San lazzaro degli Armeni)
After breakfast departure by private motorboat for a mini-cruise in Venice Lagoon accompanied by our tour escort.
Excursion to the North Lagoon and its most famous islands: Murano , Burano and Torcello (full day).
An extremely interesting tour, which combines many different characteristics of Venice: the natural beauty, craftsmanship, a genuine fisherman village atmosphere and the history of the earliest days. Leaving by motorboat, you sail past the island of S.Giorgio Maggiore, the Lido famous for its beach and you arrive at Murano, famous for its glassworks.
Here, you can admire expert glass-makers at work in a real glass factory. Leaving Murano, you arrive, further to the north, at Burano which is a fishermen’s island with brightly-coloured houses and which, still today, is famous for the handicraft production of lace, the technique for which is inspired by the weaving of the fishing nets.
Then we continue to Torcello, the old Torricellum (small tower) situated among sandbanks and bog grass. Optional visit of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (ticket: € 5.00 p.p.) , that keeps ancient mosaics of the Venetian-Byzantine School dating back to the 12th and 13th century; close to the cathedral we can admire the Martyrium of Santa Fosca, a Christian martyr of the 3rd century. Here we can also stop for a lunch with a typical Fish Menu.
In alternative to Torcello we suggest a visit to another minor Island, San Lazzaro degli Armeni.
After lunch departure to Island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni , which monastery was built at the beginning of the 18th century. We will have the possibility to visit this centre of the Armenian culture (ticket Euro 5,00 p.p.) and to listen to the history of this persecuted population. In this beautiful oasis of peace we will admire an important paintings collection, an archeological museum with an Egyptian mummy dating back to the year 3000 B. C., two libraries and a collection of precious manuscripts. Lord Byron, the famous English poet, stayed here and rest on this peaceful island, where he learnt the Armenian language.
Despite incessant praise, Italy continues to surprise and delight. If you get it right, travelling in the bel paese (beautiful country) is one of those rare experiences in life that cannot be overrated.
From the look of it, you’d think Venice spent all its time primping. Bask in the glory of Grand Canal palaces, but make no mistake: this city’s a powerhouse. You may have heard that Venice is an engineering marvel, with marble churches built atop ancient posts driven deep into the barene (mud banks) – but the truth is that this city is built on sheer nerve. Reasonable people might blanch at water approaching their doorsteps and flee at the first sign of acqua alta (high tide). But reason can’t compare to Venetian resolve. Instead of bailing out, Venetians have flooded the world with voluptuous Venetian-red paintings and wines, music, Marco Polo spice-route flavours, and bohemian-chic fashion.
With the world’s most artistic masterpieces per square kilometre, you’d think the city would take it easy, maybe rest on its laurels. But Venice refuses to retire from the inspiration business. In narrow calli (alleyways), you’ll glimpse artisans hammering out shoes crested like lagoon birds, cooks whipping up four-star dishes on single-burner hotplates, and musicians lugging 18th-century cellos to riveting baroque concerts played with punk-rock bravado.