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  • Discover Venice

    During this private Venice orientation tour, visit Piazza di San Marco, the Doge's Palace and other highlights of the lagoon.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Begin your adventure at the elegant Piazza San Marco, the political and religious heart of Venice
    • Admire the stunning golden mosaics and Byzantine-style domes of the Basilica of San Marco
    • Visit the adjacent Doge’s Palace, the center of Venice's maritime empire and a fascinating landmark
    • See one of the largest canvas works ever painted: the exquisite Renaissance masterpiece Paradiso by Tintoretto
    • Take a look at the famous Bridge of Sighs over the Rio di Palazzo
    • Climb up to the Loggia dei Cavalli for a close-up view of the famous equestrian statues or visit the Basilica's Pala d’Oro, a stunning gold altarpiece (optional)
    • Enjoy a breathtaking gondola ride down Venice's Grand Canal
  • Districts of Venice: A Walk Through Castello & the Arsenale

    This private tour takes in the Castello district of Venice, including the Arsenale. The tour includes a vaporetto trip to Palladio’s San Giorgio Maggiore.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Make a short vaporetto ride to Palladio‘s famous domed church, San Giorgio Maggiore
    • Admire a stupendous bird’s-eye view of the city from the vantage point of the church’s soaring brick Bell Tower
    • Stroll through the quintessentially Venetian Castello neighborhood, where the streets are filled with small workshops and everywhere there’s laundry hanging to dry
    • Enjoy another trip by vaporetto to the colossal Arsenale shipyard to see where Venice’s mighty flee was built
    • Take a look inside the Museo Storico Navale
  • Jewish Venice

    Discover the history of Jewish Venice by starting in San Marco, meandering by the Rialto Bridge and ending in the Jewish Ghetto with an expert guide.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Start at Piazza San Marco, where the main decisions about foreign communities in the city were made
    • In front of the Doge’s Palace, learn about the Venetian government’s attitude towards the Papacy on one hand and Jews on the other
    • Continue to the Rialto Market area, and learn more about the economic history of the Jews in Venice
    • Cross the Grand Canal on a traghetto, a gondola ferry, to Cannaregio
    • Visit the three areas of the Ghetto: Ghetto Nuovo, Ghetto Vecchio, and Ghetto Novissimo
    • Take a look inside the small, well-curated Jewish Museum located in the Ghetto (optional)
  • Lagoon of Venice: Murano and Burano

    A half-day excursion to the islands of Murano and Burano in Venice, including a visit to a glass-blowing factory.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Explore the famous islands of Venice lagoon (Murano, Burano and Torcello) on a private comfortable motor boat.
    • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your expert English-speaking guide on this special private tour of Venice’s islands.
    • Visit a glass-blowing factory to see how age-old techniques are used to create exquisite pieces of art.
    • Visit the Museo Vetrario, one of the world’s largest Venetian glass collections, inside the impressive 17th-century Palazzo Giustinian.
    • Take a boat ride to the neighboring island of Burano.
    • Enjoy a complete tour of the island while soaking up the charm of this fishing town complete with nets and sail cloths, and learn about a tombolo, the local lace-making technique.
  • Marble and Mosaic Masters

    Enjoy exclusive visit to marble and mosaic workshops during this private Venice artisan tour, including the only remaining glass furnace in Venice.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Visit Giancarlo Comelato’s workshop where traditional techniques of sculpting marble are still used
    • Witness Giancarlo’s pride and passion for tradition and artisanship in the shop’s Marble Garden
    • Visit the Orsoni Mosaic Glass Furnace to see how glass sheets and mosaic tiles are made
    • See the ‘Library of Colors’ which contains countless tones, nuances, and colors beyond imagination showing the Orsoni family’s passion for mosaic art
  • The Venetian School of Color: Frari and San Rocco

    This private Venice art tour is aimed at art lovers through a visit to the Frari church and school of San Rocco, with work by Titian and Tintoretto.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Visit the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, the main Venetian Franciscan church
    • Admire the masterpieces by Venetian painters such as Bellini’s Sacra Conversazione, Titian’s Assumption of the Virgin, and works by Donatello, Veneziano, and Vivarini
    • Visit the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, the former seat of a religious brotherhood, and marvel at an unforgettable collection of paintings by Tintoretto
  • Venice’s Finest Museum: Palazzo Rezzonico

    Enjoy the spectacular art collection and Rococo furnishings during this private Palazzo Rezzonico tour in Venice in the company of an expert guide.

    HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Enjoy a spectacular view of the Grand Canal from the street entrance of Palazzo Rezzonico
    • Enter the Browning Mezzanine, which houses the Mestrovich Collection
    • Ascend the large staircase to the first floor to visit 11 rooms full of paintings and sculptures, including the Tiepolo-frescoed ballroom with its glistening glass chandeliers
    • Climb to the second floor, where you will visit the Alcove Room and the Chinese-style Green-Lacquered Room, among others, and admire works by Canaletto, Pietro Longhi, and Tiepolo
    • Continue to the top floor to see the reconstructed 18th-century Ai Do San Marchi Pharmacy, complete with original vases, alembics and vials