The floating masterpieces of Venice glimmer in the sunlight with marbled palaces that rise out of the fabled canals. Stoic gondolas cruise along the narrow and hidden waterways while vaporetti speed between the wide, winding banks of the Grand Canal. Your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival at Marco Polo Airport and escort you into the heart of your city so you can settle into the comforts of your luxurious accommodation.
You can look out your window over the water and find locals who are dangling their clothes above the rippling canal below and witness small the bridges in the distance, which account for a few of the more than 400 in the city that connect Venice’s 118 small islands. You will meet your guide in the hotel lobby and set out on a fascinating introductory tour of the UNESCO heritage city with a private gondola tour that will lead you back in time and challenge your perception of the former powerful republic with preserved palaces and six churches that soar above the banks of the Grand Canal.
The narrow backstreets retain their priceless sheen in the evening with restaurants that light the walkways with candles and secluded churches that are decorated with the works of master artists. You can step off the gondola at Campo dei Frari to view the captivating works of Titian that adorn the Venetian architecture, including Assumption of the Virgin, which depicts the Apostles on the ground, Mary rising in the center of the piece, and the heavens above with vibrant colors and poetic dimensions that break the traditions of the time to show the masterful aesthetic of the High Renaissance.