Getting on/off vaporetto. Walking up to 4 miles. Getting around Venice, which is closed entirely to motor vehicles, requires walking through narrow crowded alleys, over bridges, and along uneven pavement. No elevators in historic buildings. Unavoidable stairs at the Scuole Grandi, where we will go up grand marble staircases.
In the hotel, the breakfast buffet offers an egg dish, sliced meats and cheeses, fresh fruit, yogurt, bread and cereals, pastries, coffee and teas, juices and water.
Ride the vaporetto to a neighborhood up the Canal Grande for an expert-led visit of two of the seven major Scuole Grandi (great schools). These organizations combined religious and charitable functions for the laity and, unlike most other institutions in Venice, were not dominated by the aristocracy. Among the activities they organized, supervised, and supported were processions, festivities, aid to the poor, dowries for daughters of respectable families without means, burial of paupers, and supervision of hospitals. Some also developed into musical training grounds and commissioned famous artists to decorate their meeting rooms. Our expert will discuss the significance and artistry of the paintings and some of the famous members of the charity. You will also have time to explore on your own.
At a restaurant at the Rialto, a sampler of Venetian dishes.
In the hotel meeting room a local historian presents Renaissance Venice.
On your own to enjoy what you like.
Gather for musical performance (concert or recital from current offerings). Specific information on the date and musical program will be included in the final schedule provided onsite.