It would seem eminently appropriate to kick-start our 30th Season with a blockbuster. After much pondering and planning‚ we are delighted to announce ‘EXPERIENCE VENICE’. Rather like Florence‚ the key to enjoying this incomparable city is to avoid the crowds. The key to avoiding the crowds is to go in January. You do run a minor risk with the weather but you are more than rewarded with the sense of being there as a privileged visitor rather than part of a tourist invasion.
Our objective is to give clients an unforgettable set of EXPERIENCES. We start with our hotel and its location. We have chosen the Hotel Ca’ Pisani in Dorsoduro. Set in a 14th century palazzo with an Art Deco interior‚ the hotel is located in the most authentic and atmospheric district of the city. Although only 10 minutes’ walk from the Piazza San Marco‚ Dorsoduro is the REAL Venice. Our programme includes an array of memorable activities. These might take the form of a private guided excursion on the elegant water-ferries‚ an opera or a concert at the legendary La Fenice‚ a morning admiring the great masterpieces of Titian‚ Tintoretto or Veronese in the lovely churches for which they were created‚ an evening spritz accompanied by classic Venetian snacks in a charming neighbourhood square or lunch in the glorious surroundings of the Danieli.
Cruise-ship passengers have 3 hours to ‘do’ Venice – just enough time to take in the beauty of ONE of the churches packed with works by the Venetian masters. We have 5 days. Dorsoduro alone offers mouth-watering opportunities to see the real city. Within three minutes of our hotel is the finest collection of Venetian Art in the world at the Accademia‚ the city’s best collection of modern art at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum‚ the church of San Sebastiano with its fabulous cycle of paintings by Veronese and‚ in Santa Maria della Salute‚ one of the emblems of the city. All these wonderful places feature on our itinerary.
We shall take two walks guided by local (art-)historians. One around the Piazza San Marco‚ the Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace‚ the other around the fascinating Jewish Ghetto.