Discover the world where medieval meets the Renaissance. Quiet villages offer panoramic views of snowcapped mountains and emerald valleys. Gondolas glide across the tranquil waters of hidden narrow canals. Your custom tailored Northeast Italy tour consists of the splendors of Italy’s Veneto and Friuli regions, home to Venice’s Grand Canal and the dramatic foothills of the Dolomites. Delicate lacework decorates historical workshops. The secret influence of Venice’s Republic emerges from the shadows....
Venice – Venetian Impression
Countless cobblestone lanes weave around the canals of Venice, creating a marvelous image of a floating city. The gray marble of the Ducal Palace contrasts the pink hue of the bell tower in St. Mark’s Square. Gondolas and speedboats glide across the Grand Canal. Restaurants set out tables alongside the waterway, offering unencumbered views of the life of Venetians. You arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and helps you into the city. Step aboard a private water taxi, which escorts you to your luxurious hotel.
The 17th-century domed church of Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute rises over the entrance to the Grand Canal as if guarding the historic waterway. The Venetian Republic funded the structure after the plague and erected a platform of one million wooden piles on which to construct the marvelous edifice. Four detailed evangelist statues adorn the façade. There are 12 Titian masterpieces that decorate the interior sacristy, including a lifelike self-portrait in which the artist imitates the form of St. Matthew. The church is a perfect welcome to Venice, showcasing the grandeur of the past and the city’s continued connection to its glorious former Republic. Consider learning more about your Italy travel agency that strives to craft the perfect itinerary pertinent to your particular interests and desires.
Venice – Wonders of the Canal
Venice – Hidden Passageways of the Past
Venice – Excursion to Cividale del Friuli and Portogruaro
Padua – A World Away
Asolo – Quiet Mountain Villages and Vineyards
Ravenna – Following in the Footsteps of Romeo
Venice – Depart to Home
- Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the Ducal Palace, exploring the hidden passageways and secret rooms instrumental to the Venice Republic
- Traverse the canals of Venice on a guided tour of the city’s charming Bacari, traditional wine bars of working class Venetians
- Visit a small local winery dedicated to the production of Prosecco for a sensational tour, followed by an unforgettable tasting
- Cruise alongside the gardens and palaces of the Brenta Canal, a waterway that connects Padua to Venice
- Discover the enchanting town of Veneto, located along striking foothills and on stunning cliffs
- Witness the House of Capulet in Verona, home of Shakespeare’s famous star-crossed lover, Juliet
Your 8-day tour Northeast Italy tour combines the treasures of Veneto with the towns of Friuli for an enlightening tour of Italy’s embracing culture. Your journey begins with your arrival at the Venice Marco Polo Airport. Your private transfer escorts you to your luxurious hotel located near the heart of the city. The next morning, you step into a boat and explore the Grand Canal from end to end on the first of many Italy tours. Visit small islands often overlooked by visitors for an immersive look at Venice’s past and how history has shaped the present city. Venture to St. Mark’s Square for an incredible tour of the Ducal Palace. Your guide leads you through the hidden passageways and opulent rooms, providing a unique perspective on the nobility and the former Republic.
The afternoon is free for you to relish the city at your leisure. Learn how to drive a gondola with an oaring lesson, or visit an artisan workshop where master craftsmen carve new gondolas for the canal. You could also embark on a fabulous guided tour of the city’s relaxed and delicious wine bars, known as Bacari. Next, your guide leads you to the region of Friuli to explore the charming alpine towns. En route back to Venice, you stop at Portogruaro, a village referred to “Little Venice.” You transfer to the city of Padua, celebrated for its history and maintaining the second-oldest university in Italy.
Enjoy a private tour of the city before you cruise down the Brenta Canal. Visit the serene town of Asolo, followed by a sensational tour of a local family-owned winery. The region is famous for its production of Prosecco, a sparkling wine. You have a full day tour of Verona. Witness immaculate Roman ruins and remarkable culture. You can even stroll through the courtyard of the home dedicated to Shakespeare’s Juliet. Your private transfer meets you at the hotel on your final day and escorts you to Venice Marco Polo Airport for your flight home.
$2,195 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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