Even though every itinerary is tailor-made, the following are samples of possible itineraries arranged by field of interest. Most visitors have a variety of interests and in the end most itineraries tend to be mix of different experiences. Click here to see a sample itinerary.
A visit to significant sights where the history of the Republic was shaped over the course of a thousand years, starting from the lost islands in the lagoon where the Venetian civilization was born and following the trail across the centuries to famous and lesser-known landmarks. The aim is to provide an engaging and visual narrative about the history of Venice, with the guidance of eminent historians who will join the group for a walk or a meal.
The magic of the lagoon
A meandering journey in what is still a pristine environmental paradise. There will be excursions to the fabled fishing and hunting preserves in the marshlands of the Venetian lagoon, visits to the orchards and vineyards on the islands where some of the best local produce are grown, and delicious gastronomical stops to savor the sea food and the wines of the lagoon – not to mention the famous artichokes of the island of Sant’Erasmo.
A tour in Venice and the Veneto to see the masterpieces of the great Renaissance architect as well as some of the lesser-known villas he designed. Many Palladian villas are still in private hands. In some cases it will be possible to meet the current owners, have a meal or even spend the night in a Palladian villa. A trip to Vicenza, the Palladian city par excellence, is a must.
Wines of the Veneto
The hills of the Veneto are covered with vineyards that produce some of the best wines in Italy. There can be no greater pleasure for the wine lover than to visit some of the great wineries, meet innovative winemakers, taste the wonderful whites and reds of the region on a journey at once pleasurable and instructive. The Veneto is also the region of prosecco, which will provide the extra sparkle on this trip.
Venice is full of lovely gardens – hidden gems tucked away behind crumbling walls that will enchant you. But it is around the great villas on the mainland that the Venetian garden reached its full splendor in the days of the Republic. Many of these magnificent gardens are still thriving and the owners will happily welcome you for a visit and a meal al fresco, perhaps in the company of a garden expert or an author of garden books.
The sound of music
Venice was and is a city of music. Great composers and musicians and singers all came together in the famous schools, the churches and the concert halls. Today, music is still everywhere in Venice and the music lover can simply walk into a church to hear a first-rate Baroque concert, listen to a delightful string quartet in the music room of a Venetian palazzo or attend a lavish production of an opera at La Fenice.