The Venetian Republic was the power of the Adriatic Sea and Veneto for centuries and shaped art, architecture, and cuisine. Your flight will arrive at Marco Polo International Airport where your private transfer will greet you at baggage claim. You will venture to the shores of the Grand Canal, famous for the endless network of narrow waterways that turn what many believe to be a single city into its actual figure of a series of islands connected by arching bridges. You will board a private vaporetto with a knowledgeable guide eager to introduce you to the splendor of the once great Republic.
The waterway creates a winding shape along an ancient riverbed that reaches a length of two and a half miles. Iconic gondoliers paddle past as you are along the wide-open space near Piazzale Roma. The canal takes you beneath the three bridges, the most famous of which is the Rialto Bridge. The stone structure was erected in the 16th-century and spans 72 feet across the water supported by approximately 6,000 timber piles on either side.
Historic palaces that date from the 12th to the 18th-century line the waterway, including the Palazzo Grassi, an 18th-century edifice with a formal palatial façade of white marble. The structure now contains exhibitions of contemporary and postmodern art and connects the classic appearance with everyday life. After you explore the canal, your vaporetto will moor at the private dock of your hotel and allow you to disembark directly into the lobby. The lavish décor harkens back to the last days of the Republic’s opulence, and once more welcomes you to the city and its cultural grandeur.