Villas of the Veneto with Venice

A classic tour of the celebrated villas of the Veneto, following the career of Palladio, the single most important influence on Western architecture.

A classic tour of the celebrated villas of the Veneto, following the career of Palladio, the single most important influence on Western architecture. All our tours are tailor-made for our clients  – this programme could be adapted to specialise entirely on Palladio, or to focus more on wine, gardens or Venetian art. As always, expert guides and special visits to private homes are a feature of the tour. A few days in the incomparable city of Venice  provides the perfect finale.

THE ITINERARY
Day 1
Asolo
AM
Arrive Venice airport and transfer by private coach to the luxury Hotel Villa Cipriani at Asolo
PM
Refreshments on arrival
Afternoon at leisure to rest, enjoy the gardens of the hotel and walk in the charming small town of Asolo
Welcome drinks and dinner in the hotel
Day 2
Asolo
AM
Leave for a special private visit of the celebrated Villa Barbaro at Maser, designed by Palladio and with frescoes by Veronese
Drive past Villa Emo at Fanzolo, also by Palladio
PM
Lunch at a splendid private home with 18th-century interiors
Continue to Castelfranco Veneto, birthplace of Giorgione, to see his altarpiece in the Cathedral
Return to Asolo
Dinner independently
Day 3
Arcugnano
AM
Leave for Possagno and visit the Canova Museum, with the Cast Gallery designed by Carlo Scarpa and the Mausoleum
Continue to Bassano del Grappa to see the replica of the wooden bridge designed by Palladio
PM
Lunch at a private castle where the archives include one of the first editions of Palladio’s ‘Four Books of Architecture’
Continue to the 4* Hotel Michelangelo in the hills outside Vicenza
Dinner at the hotel
Day 4
Arcugnano
AM
Leave for the historic centre of Vicenza
Walking tour to include the Piazza dei Signori, with Palladio’s Palazzo del Capitaniato and the Basilica
Visit the Teatro Olimpico, designed by Palladio, with amazing perspectives by Scamozzi
Visit Villa La Rotonda, the model for Jefferson’s Monticello, to include the interior (by special permission)
PM
Lunch at a private home
Private visit to the Villa Valmarana ai Nani, with frescoes by Giambattista and Giandomenico Tiepolo
Return to the hotel
Dinner at the hotel
Day 5
Arcugnano
AM
Leave for Verona
Walking tour to include the Arche Scaligere, Piazza delle Erbe (the former Roman forum), Piazza dei Signori and the Arena
Visit the Biblioteca Capitolare, a remarkable collection of books and manuscripts
PM
Lunch at a privately-owned 16th-century villa
Visit the church of San Zeno, known for its bronze doors and triptych by Mantegna
Return to Vicenza
Dinner independently
Day 6
Venice
AM
Leave for the ancient university town of Padua
Visit Giotto’s Scrovegni Chapel and the Anatomical Theatre in the University, dating from 1594
PM
Lunch at a private villa in a lovely garden setting
Continue to a privately-owned 4* hotel on the Grand Canal in Venice (or a luxury 5* hotel)
Drinks at a private home
Dinner at a restaurant
Day 7
Venice
AM
Orientation walk to include the Scala del Bovolo, Santa Maria dei Miracoli and San Giorgio degli Schiavoni
PM
Lunch independently
Afternoon at leisure
Exclusive evening visit to St Mark’s Basilica, to see the Byzantine frescoes lluminated
Dinner at Quadri restaurant on St Mark’s square
Day 8
Venice
AM
Cross the Rialto Bridge for a guided walk through the sestiere of San Polo
Visit the Frari church and the Scuola di San Rocco, to see paintings by Titian and Tintoretto
PM
Lunch at a restaurant
Further visits, to include a hidden private garden
Return to the hotel
Dinner independently
Day 9
Venice
AM
Leave for a guided visit to the galleries of the Accademia
Cross by vaporetto to the Giudecca
PM
Lunch at a private loft conversion
Free time
Return by water taxi to the hotel
Farewell dinner at a private home
Day 9
Venice
AM
Transfers by water taxi to Venice airport for return flights
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