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Venice: La Serenissima. From Bellini to Titian

Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go.
Truman Capote
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Charles Barber
Having graduated with a Bachelors of Law from the University of Edinburgh, Charles Barber embarked on what became a twenty-year career in business at the Reed Travel Group, LexisNexis and The Economist. Charles received his MA in Renaissance Studies from the University of London. He is currently studying a Masters' in early Netherlandish art and its impact on the art of Renaissance Italy at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Shortly, Charles will commence doctoral studies at King’s College London in co-regency and the transfer of power at Northern Italian courts in the 15th & 16th centuries. His areas of interest include the visual, material and social culture of Northern Italian courts, 15th-century Florence and the art and architecture of Rome from 1500-1700.
What's included...
  • Return flights on British Airways (economy) to Venice
  • 3 nights in the Hotel Locanda Vivaldi
  • 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners (dinner with wine, water and coffee)
  • All church, museum & gallery entry tickets
  • The services of your lecturer and tour manager
  • A tour-guide headset system to make hearing the lecturer easier
  • Transport by luxury water taxi
  • All tips and taxes
Hotel
Hotel Locanda Vivaldi
Getting about
Participants should be reasonably fit. There is a significant amount of
walking, standing and use of stairs.
The Republic of Venice is traditionally known as the Most Serene Republic of Venice, or La Serenissima. Venice was a sovereign state which lasted for a millennium between the 8th century and the 18th century. The Venetian lagoon covers an area of 550 square miles and at its deepest is 60 feet deep. The canals within Venice itself are only about 15 feet deep. The Grand Canal flows in a broad, sweeping curve through the centre of the island. Dozens of smaller canals criss-cross the island. It is a truly unique city with an atmosphere unmatched by any other city in Italy. 

The Venetian Republic was a strong maritime nation with trading links along the Silk Road to China. It was a truly cosmopolitan city which saw an influx of relics with the fall of Constantinople. In the year 879AD St Mark's bones arrived in the city and are today housed in the Byzantine glory that is the Basilica San Marco. As the Renaissance came to life across the Italian peninsula, Venice was alive with all sorts of artists and craftsmen who decorated the palazzi of the patrician families of the city. Famous names like Bellini, Antonello da Messina, Carpaccio, Veronese, Tintoretto, Tiepolo and Titian all contributed to the beautifying of this most serene republic.

This Sapienza Travel art and architecture tour of Venice takes in the major artistic sites of the city providing an insight into this glorious city.
 
After arriving in Venice, we take private water taxis across Venice's lagoon to the Hotel Locanda Vivaldi. We spend the afternoon in the Doges' Palace. Dinner together this evening.
After breakfast, we walk to the Church of San Zaccaria famous for its Giovanni Bellini, San Zaccaria altarpiece, and tombs of numerous doges.Then to St Mark's Basilica which is connected to the Doge's Palace. Originally it was the chapel of the Doge and has only been the city's cathedral since 1807. Inside there are resplendent mosaics and a treasury full of incredible artworks. We cross the lagoon to Giudecca to visit the Palladio-designed Il Redentore church. Our day is completed with a visit to the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore housing paintings by Tintoretto. There is also the chance to take a lift to the top of the belltower for wonderful views over Venice.
Following breakfast, we walk through the streets of Venice to visit the Basilica of SS Giovanni e Paolo where twenty-five doges are buried. Another walk takes us to Ca Rezzonico with its glorious ceiling frescoes by Tiepolo. Titian's Assumption of the Virgin awaits us in the Basilica of Santa Maria dei Frari. It is also home to Titian's funerary monument, in addition to numerous artworks by Giovanni Bellini, Jacopo Sansovino, Alvise Vivarini and Donatello.

 
This morning is dedicated to the Gallerie dell'Accademia where we will see the extraordinary art collection that has been built up over centuries. There are masterpieces of Venetian painting up to the 18th-century by artists including Antonello da Messina, Gentile and Giovanni Bellini, Canaletto, Carpaccio, Cima da Conegliano, Luca Giordano,  Giorgione, Lorenzo Lotto, Mantegna, Tiepolo, Tintoretto, Titian and Veronese. We then depart for Venice airport aboard private water taxis for our return flight to London.
As the Hotel Locanda Vivaldi has only 27 rooms and is a historic building, all of the rooms and suites are unique. They vary in size, outlook, and furnishing. With that in mind, we are offering these rooms and suites at varying prices to reflect their differences.

Flights - The departing flight leaves London Gatwick at 8.25am. The return flight departs Venice at 4.30pm, arriving into Gatwick at 5.40pm.
If you would like to fly BA Club class, please contact us and we will provide a price for the upgrade.
Hotel accommodation at Gatwick can be arranged on request. Please, contact us.

Travel advice - Please refer the Foreign Office's website to make sure you are comfortable with the travel advice they provide for the destination(s) you are visiting. www.fco.gov.uk 
with
Charles Barber
Having graduated with a Bachelors of Law from the University of Edinburgh, Charles Barber embarked on what became a twenty-year career in business at the Reed Travel Group, LexisNexis and The Economist. Charles received his MA in Renaissance Studies from the University of London. He is currently studying a Masters' in early Netherlandish art and its impact on the art of Renaissance Italy at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Shortly, Charles will commence doctoral studies at King’s College London in co-regency and the transfer of power at Northern Italian courts in the 15th & 16th centuries. His areas of interest include the visual, material and social culture of Northern Italian courts, 15th-century Florence and the art and architecture of Rome from 1500-1700.
Hotel Locanda Vivaldi
The Locanda Vivaldi Hotel was previously the home of the composer, Antonio Vivaldi. Today, it is a luxurious 4-star boutique hotel (27 rooms) that looks out across the Venetian lagoon and is only a few steps from the St Mark's Square.  The hotel and rooms are richly decorated in stuccos, gildings, marbles and antique furniture in the Venetian style. There are precious fabrics, curtains, drapes, oriental carpets illuminated by the light of the Murano glass chandeliers.

The Panoramic Terrace has a view stretching from Venice's Lido to the column of Saint Mark's Square. It is available only to guests of the hotel.
 
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