There is no better way to uncover the city’s finest art, churches – and local trattorie – than in the company of art expert and honorary Venetian Charlie Hall who has led six-week tours of the city for 20 years. You will never become lost. Our visits include Ca’Rezzonico with its 18th century art, the Frari, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco and the Cini Foundation on the island of San Maggiore. We stay at the 4* Hotel Splendid, in the heart of Venice, and will also enjoy a day exploring the islands of the lagoon including lunch on Burano.
Monday, June 1st – Arrival by water taxi
Depart London Gatwick at 0930; arrive Venice 1235; transfer by water taxi to the hotel. Dinner will be taken at the Trattoria Ai Gondolieri this evening.
Tuesday, June 2nd– Castello and the Accademia
We begin our day with a visit to the Castello district of Venice, to see the church of San Giovanni in Bragora, with memorable works by Cima di Conigliano and the Vivarini family, and then on to the wonderful Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni, decorated almost entirely by Vittore Carpaccio.
This afternoon we will visit the Accademia, the ‘National Gallery of Venice’, which houses the most important collection of Venetian paintings from the 14th to the 17th century. Dinner this evening will be at one of our favourite local restaurants.
Wednesday, June 3th – The Frari and Ca’ Rezzonico
We start the day with a visit to Church of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari to see works by Titian, Giovanni Bellini, Alessandro Vittoria and Donatello and the tomb s of Monteverdi and of Canova. We will also visit the Scuola Grande di San Rocco to see the magnificent canvases by Tintoretto. After a delicious lunch at the restaurant Quattro Feri, we will go to Ca’ Rezzonico, the finest of the palaces that line the Grand Canal. This Baroque masterpiece was built for the noble Bon family by Baldassare Longhena and dates from 1649. It now houses a museum dedicated to 18th century Venice.
Thursday, June 4th – The islands of the lagoon
Today will be spent exploring the islands of the Venetian lagoon, in particular Torcello, which is a surprisingly green island and home to a wonderful Byzantine basilica, and Burano, famous for its colourful pastel-painted houses and traditional lace-makers. We will enjoy lunch at Da Romano on Burano, one of Charlie’s favourite Venetian restaurants.
Friday, June 5th – San Maggiore and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum
This morning we visit the wonderful Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the island of San Maggiore. Restored by Count Cini, this complex includes the Benedictine monastery, cloisters, refectory, library and the new Manica Lunga library, used as a military barracks from the time of Napoleon into the 20th century. We will then cross the Grand Canal and make our way to the nearby Palazzo Venier dei Leoni where Peggy Guggenheim’s collection of modern art is displayed in a magnificent setting overlooking the Grand Canal. We will then continue to the Punta della Dogana, Venice’s former customs office which has been converted into a gallery for contemporary art.
Saturday, June 6th – Depart for home
After breakfast there will be time for independent exploration before we travel back to the airport by water taxi for the 1330 flight which arrives at Gatwick at 1445.
Alternative flights available from regional airports – details available on request
Price: £2,297 per person including flights, accommodation, breakfast, all lunches and dinners with wine, all entrance fees and the tour rep. Single Supplement: £398. To book: call Patrick on 020 7593 2281 or email email@example.com