Venice - Classic & Undiscovered
“Venice offers some of the finest art treasures ever created” -Andrew Graham-Dixon
Venice really is one of the few cities on earth that genuinely can be called unique and when you arrive you will be staggered that every painting, TV programme or photograph you have ever seen of this wonderful place is telling the simple truth: Venice is one of the most beautiful cities on earth! You cannot walk for more than a few minutes without admiring an amazing church, museum, swish restaurant or just a stunning view that can only be this wondrous city. It has a unique atmosphere too with the bustle of St Mark’s Square, home to arguably the world’s most beautiful basilica to the quieter areas where time has stood still and you can enjoy an unhurried coffee in this most Italian of cities.
It has an amazing history, steeped in violence, intrigue and politics. The first settlers were 5th century refugees fleeing Attila the Hun followed by domination by the Byzantine Empire. If a single act though was to define Venice as an independent state, it was the 9th century theft of the body of St Mark from Alexandria. Less than 100 years later the Venetian Empire, made immensely rich by its monopoly of trading networks with the Orient, dominated the eastern Mediterranean. With an unbroken series of ports stretching to the Black Sea, ship loads of wealth tumbled into the city with the silks, spices, porcelain and other exotic cargoes Europe’s aristocracy craved. Fortunes were made and Venice became the world’s wealthiest city for the next five hundred years with its rich merchants finding expression in the huge array of palaces, aristocratic mansions, churches and galleries you see today.
The world’s finest artists and sculptors descended en masse, keen to divert some of this new wealth in their own direction, filling the city to bursting point with some of the finest art treasures ever created. Today the number of ‘must see’ churches alone is over fifty, whilst the Academia, full of Venetian Art contains nothing but masterpieces. Indeed Venice is almost Canaletto’s personal trademark whilst the San Rocco and San Giorgio degli Schiavoni are full of Tintoretto’s, Carpaccio’s and other priceless renaissance works. Venice today however, is so much more than art, monuments and buildings. It has a quieter side too; wander where your feet take you and lose yourself in the tangle of alleys of the delightful smaller parishes discovering another Venice – that of the Venetians. Here are the traditional shops heaving with colourful fresh vegetables, children playing in the streets and the locals stopping to pass a few words in the street. This unique city awaits you.
Personalise Your Holiday
Learn to Row a Gondola
Have fun learning the art and skills of how to row a Gondola on the canals of Venice!Row Venice is a non-profit association that supports women and youth athletes and the presence of the voga and traditional boats in the city of Venice. We have two beautiful, rare, spacious batelline that we use regularly for our lessons; more batelline and other traditional craft may be available for larger groups. With two boats and over fourteen instructors, our goal is to fulfill every request we receive.
90 minute lesson
Maximum 4 people per gondola
Price from£39 per person
This cannot be booked online, please call us to pre-book this experience.
- Return flights
- Four nights four-star accommodation with breakfast
- Walking tour of Venice, probably the world’s most unique city
- Timed visit to St Mark’s Basilica - probably the world's most opulent cathedral
- Visit to the glorious Doge's Palace
- Walking tour of Undiscovered Venice, the old Jewish Quarter and Venice of the Venetians, almost entirely overlooked by the crowds
- Visit to picturesque Murano in the Venice lagoon, an island caught in time
- Demonstration of Murano glass manufacture
- 'Personalise Your Holiday'Venetian rowing lessons, learn voga, the unique style of rowing a gondola and see how it is an integral part of Venetian heritage.Call us to pre-book this experience.
- Services of experienced our manager
- The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room. The price includes return flights, four nights with breakfast, single rooms available at the relevant supplement, return transfers, sightseeing tour of Venice, timed entrance to St Mark’s Cathedral, entrance to the Doge’s Palace,sightseeing tour of undiscovered Venice, boat tour to Murano and glass-making demonstration, services of a Riviera tour Manager.
- Not included
- Venetian rowing lesson. From £39 per person - See'Personalise Your Holiday' section for details.
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