Venice is known to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. In the past, Venice was a major international financial centre and maritime power, today it continues to impress as it captures the heart of visitors with its picturesque bridges and canals, distinct architecture and romantic setting. Renowned all over the world for major events such as the Carnevale, the Biennale and the Venice Film Festival, Venice also boasts of master craftmanship of masks, lace and glass.
Venice is not the only city in the region of Veneto that is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, included in this prominent list are the cities of: Verona with its Arena, a Roman amphitheatre built in the first century, Piazza delle Erbe, where the original Roman Forum stood, Juliet’s House inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; the Palladian Villas of Vicenza and its fascinating Olympic Theatre; the Botanical Garden of Padua, the oldest university botanical garden in the world; the Dolomites mountain range; and, the wine-growing area of Valdobbiadene and the Prosecco Hills.
You can visit the main highlights such as St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, or other sites such a the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Galleries of the Accademia and other interesting churches as you weave you through the labyrinth of narrow streets and walkways with your own private guide.
Feel like a jetsetter in your own private motorboat to see the beautiful palaces along the Grand Canal or glide in a gondola through the smaller canals and if you please, be serenaded by musicians.
Come with us to the islands of the lagoon such as Murano and watch in awe as artisans demonstrate the magical art of glass-blowing, or delight in the colourful houses of Burano and admire intricate handmade lace.
On the mainland, we can take you up north to the land of prosecco, a sparkling wine produced in the Valdobbiadene hills, or visit the Scrovegni Chapel to admire Giotto’s masterpieces in Padova and explore the arcaded streets and stylish cafes frequented by students of the University of Padua, one of the oldest surviving universities in the world. You may choose to visit Vicenza and its Palladian Villas that have the house-temple as their core embellished with monumental staircases and structured gardens or the Olympic Theatre with its trompe-l’œil onstage scenery that creates the illusion of long streets receding into the distant horizon, the oldest surviving stage set still in existence. And for romantics, we can explore Verona, the Arena and Juliet’s famous balcony.
If you want to travel to Florence or Milan, take a side trip with us. We can take you further south to discover the awe-inspiring mosaics of Ravenna, walk through the arched terracotta-red colonnades of Bologna, visit the tiny gem Mantova, experience the fast tracks of Ferrari in Maranello or taste the amazing flavours of genuine balsamic vinegar in Modena or real Parmigiano from a caseificio (dairy farm) in Reggio Emilia. For those wanting to join us to explore the breathtaking scenery of the Dolomites, we can provide transfers to Bolzano where our hiking itinerary begins.