Venice & Padua

DAY 1-VENICE

Arrival in Venice airport and private transfer to your hotel, located in Venice city centre. In the afternoon meeting in Hotel with private guide and beginning of the HD classical walking guided tour of Venice city centre of 2 hours, visiting the main highlights and getting in contact with the city’s art and culture. Balance of the day at leisure to visit and explore Venice on your own. Dinner and overnight in Venice.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

St Mark’s Square, one of the biggest and more beautiful squares in the world.

Gran Canal, with its bridges and elegant palaces directly built on the sea.

The Cathedral, masterpiece of Byzantine and Gothic art, and the Clock Tower with the 2 “Mori”.

Rialto Bridge with its evocative landscape and its outdoor market.

DO NOT MISS:

The Dukes’ Palace, full of enchanting and elegant salons and terrifying prisons.

Craftsmen’s masks shops along Venice streets.

An aperitif at the typical bacari, where to have excellent Italian wines and snacks.

The Jewish ghetto, an enchanted place immersed in the past.

Gondola ride at sunset.

DAY 2-VENETIAN ISLANDS

In the morning, meeting with your private English speaking guide and departure with ferry to visit Murano,Burano and Torcello, three wonderful islands where to admire the art of Venetian craftsmen. Lunch on own in a typical restaurant of one of these islands. Return to Venice in the early afternoon, balance of the day at leisure. Dinner on own and overnight in Venice.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Murano island, famous for its glass-ware and glass laboratories.

Burano island, with its colourful fishermen’s houses painted in bright colours and its lace-making laboratories.

Torcello, the silence of its atmosphere and the mystical surrounding of its ancient Byzantine church.

SPECIALS

Private islands’ tour, an original exclusive excursion with professional guide

Private gondola ride (on request)

DO NOT MISS:

Glass objects and souvenirs in Murano.

Glass production live demonstration in laboratories in Murano.

Burano typical pastries: the “Buranelli”.

Burano hand-made laces.

A lunch at the famous Locanda Cipriani in Torcello, a real must-go restaurant. .

DAY 3-PADUA

In the morning, private transfer from Venice to Padova, a beautiful historical town in the heart of Veneto. Check in at your hotel and time at leisure to relax and discover Padova on your own. In the afternoon, meet your private and enjoy a visit of the historical city centre, with its main highlights. Dinner on own and overnight.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Scrovegni Chapel by Giotto, an artistic real masterpiece.

Caffé Pedrocchi, an historical literary salon and café where the local high society gathered in the past.

Palazzo della Ragione and surrounding squares (Piazza delle Erbe, dei Frutti and dei Signori), a wonderful setting with histotical palaces.

The monumental Prato della Valle, one of the largest squares in Europe.

DO NOT MISS:

Shopping in Padua in the main central boutiques and shops.

Relaxing in Prato della Valle while admiring its statues and fountains.

An ice-cream in one of the several ice-cream shops along Padua main streets.

DAY 4-FERRYBOAT EXCURSION

Today, get up early to enjoy an exclusive and evocative experience. At 08.30 leave from Padova, Scalinata Cinquecentesca del Portello, by boat, and discover Veneto region by navigating over the river Brenta. You will see and visit two Venetian villas and you will end the navigation tour with a delicious fish lunch in Dolo. Return to Padua and afternoon at leisure to relax or to stroll down the city centre. Around 6 pm, pm, live the experience of an authentic Italian aperitif, by drinking the famous Spriz and by having a hot tramezzino at bar Nazionale. Dinner on own and overnight in Padua.

SPECIALS

A tour by “burchiello”, a small boat, from Padova city centre to the surrounding area, an original and interesting experience.

Villa Giovanelli in Noventa Padovana, commissioned in the late 17th century by the aristocrat Federico Maria Giovanelli and full of wonderful statues and magnificent gardens, consisting in labyrinths and designs.

Villa Pisani, a large, late baroque villa at Stra. From the outside the facade of the oversized palace appears to command the site, as it was primarily built as a demonstration of the power achieved by the Pisani family. The broad façade is topped with statuary, and presents an exuberantly decorated center entrance with monumental columns shouldered by caryatids. It shelters a large complex with two inner courts and acres of gardens, stables, and a maze.

A typical Venetian aperitif based on Spriz, the most important beverage of the area.

DAY 5-CHECKOUT

Private transfer to Venice airport.

OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR THE TOUR: 3*, 4*, 5* HOTELS, VILLAS AND HISTORICAL RESIDENCES

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