The principles of the Renaissance continue to thrive in the vibrant marble palaces of Venice and the breathtaking colors of Giotto’s frescoes that changed the idea of art in the Western World. History lives and breathes in the in the artistry of the preserved castles and decadent churches, enchanting glassworks, and inspiring landscapes. Your custom tailored tour will immerse you in the elegance of the Renaissance and the grandeur of the old noble families of Venice to Florence to let you bask...
Venice – Arrive in Venice and Enjoy a Remarkable Grand Canal Tour
Venice conjures up images of moored gondolas as they float alongside cobblestone streets lined with café tables. Bulbous domes and marble palaces add to the luster of the imperial atmosphere as mosaics, frescoes, and imaginative glass decorates the architecture. Your flight will land at Marco Polo Airport where your private transfer will await your arrival. Step onto the shores of the Grand Canal to find gondolas and vaporettos cruising along the two and a half mile long waterway, which continues to act as the city’s main boulevard.
The creamy yellow and green hues of Byzantine and Romanesque structures lead to the brilliant red and white marble facades of the Renaissance palaces. Board your private boat for an introductory exploration of the Grand Canal and your eyes will open to the beauty of the architecture and the splendid audacity of constructing a city on a lagoon. The continued traditions of culture are connected to Italy as a whole, yet are distinctively Venetian. Old women open their shutters and watch the boats pass down the river as craftsmen replace wooden mooring piles. Church steps lead down to the edge of the canal to offer entrances directly to boats from the water.
The gorgeous Palazzo Corner della Ca’Grande was built in the mid 16th-century with a High Renaissance design. The structure was constructed with the intent of impressing passersby as the architect lined the first floor with Ionic columns, and used Corinthian columns to decorate the upper story. Your introduction to the wonders of Venice begin with the lavish architecture and continue in the comforts of your accommodation, which was once an opulent palace with its own private dock to the canals.
Venice – Discover Renaissance Artistry on a Half-Day Guided Tour
Venice – Visit the Stunning Islands of Burano, Murano, and Torcello
Torri del Benaco – Explore Padua and Verona en route to Lake Garda
Torri del Benaco – Revel in Artistic Beauty and Landscape at Lake Garda
Ferrara – Visit the Town of Mantua and Tour the History of Ferrara
Florence – Venture to Florence for an Exploration of the Renaissance
Florence – Delight in an Extra Day of Florentine Renaissance Immersion
Florence – Depart for Home
- Witness the remarkable focus and stunning creativity it takes to create a Murano glass mirror during an artisan glassblowing demonstration
- Discover the grandeur of Venetian palaces and the vastness of the Grand Canal on a private cruise of the dramatic architectural splendor
- Discover the hidden passageway of the Vasari Corridor, which connects the Uffizi Gallery to the Palazzo Pitti in Florence
- Enjoy an in-depth view of Renaissance style and grace in both costume and textile design at the Palazzo Mocenigo Museum in Venice
- Relish a view of Giotto’s masterwork that helped to usher in an enlightened perspective of art and architecture in the Cappella degli Scrovegni in Padua
- Wander along rampart walls, cobblestone streets, and antique towns that overlook the serene shores of Lake Garda
- Step into the paintings of Romano’s trompe l’oeil style in the Palazzo Te in Ferrara, whose three-dimensional are sure to mesmerize
- Bask in the grandeur of the historic artwork and architectural styles personified in St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice
- Visit a gondola craftsperson, known for designing and shaping iconic gondola’s across Venice
Majesty comes in many forms in Italy, and your 9-day tour will encompass the best of the artistic splendor found in Venice, Lake Garda, Ferrara, and Florence. Experience the distinctive cultures shaped by Medici rule and the Venetian Empire and discover the cityscapes of ancient foundations refurbished with Renaissance allure. The cobblestones streets are as splendid as the bordering palaces, and as captivating as the artwork displayed in the museum galleries. Your immersive cultural excursion will begin with your arrival at Marco Polo Airport. Your private transfer will lead you to the shores of the Grand Canal to board a private vaporetto. Tour the noble structures, from palazzos to churches, along with the quiet canals that hide homes and moored gondolas, before you settle into your luxurious palatial hotel for the night.
Wake to a half-day tour of the history of Venice as represented in the art and architecture, including a private tour of St. Mark’s Square. Visit the textile and costume museum before you meet a gondola craftsman who works on building and repairing Venice’s most iconic form of transportation. Next day, look forward a private tour of the Venetian lagoon and the islands of Burano, Murano, and Torcello. On Murano, you will venture to the Glass Museum before you watch an unforgettable demonstration of an artisan mirror-maker. Travel next to the serene shores of Lake Garda. En route to the lakeside, you travel to Padua, a city awash with Renaissance architecture and artwork, including Giotto’s frescoes in the Cappella degli Scrovegni. Continue to Verona to find Roman ruins, fantastic castles, and the home of Juliet Capulet, the famous Shakespearean character.
The next day is yours to explore the towns around Lake Garda at your preferred pace. Stroll along the castle ramparts and wander through the daily antique markets. You could set sail on the water for a view of the towns or even wander into the hills to sample the select celebrated wines of the region. Make your way next to the Renaissance town of Mantua, a gorgeous, historical city surrounded by lakes. After a full day in Mantua, you will travel to Ferrara for the evening. Continue the next day with a half-day tour of Ferrara’s Renaissance palaces, charming streets, and immaculate artwork before your private transfer will escort you to the historical center of Florence.
Delight in your walking tour of the city for a view of living history, busier but equally as enchanting as Ferrara’s quiet streets. You will have all of the next day to uncover the splendor of Florence, beginning with a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery. Your guide will lead you through the halls and take you along the secret Vasari Corridor. The remainder of the day is yours to wander along the palaces, churches, artistry, and vibrant culture of the Renaissance city. Conclude as your private transfer will meet you at the hotel when you are ready to escort you to the Florence Airport for your flight home.
$3,217 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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