Getting on/off a vaporetto. Walking up to 4 miles throughout the day; narrow crowded alleys, bridges, uneven pavement. Bridges to cross; some with ramps, some with steps. No elevators in historic buildings; unavoidable stairs/steps.
At the hotel.
We will walk from the hotel and take the vaporetto to the Accademia stop for an expert-led visit of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of Europe’s premier small museums devoted to modern art. Peggy Guggenheim was the daughter of multi-millionaire Benjamin Guggenheim, who perished on the Titanic. After becoming part of American expatriate society in Europe, she met and mingled with artists and intellectuals of the day, first in Paris and then London before returning to the United States. She was an active art dealer as well as a collector, giving some artists the support they needed to gain public recognition. One of her protégés was Jackson Pollock. She eventually returned to Europe and settled in Venice in a palazzo on the Grand Canal where she held exhibitions of her exceptional collection. The museum displays some of the best examples of works by artists such as Braque, Calder, Giacometti, Kandinsky, Magritte, Miro, Mondrian, Picasso, Pollock, Rothko, and many other pioneers of modern art.
On your own to sample the local fare.
Free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
At a local restaurant. Recap your adventures and share your favorite memories.
We will enjoy a special night visit to St. Mark’s Basilica. Our Study Leader will take us through the mosaic-clad symbol of Venice that points to its Byzantine origins. The Basilica is named for the evangelist St. Mark to house his supposed relics, taken from Egypt by Venetian merchants in 828 CE. Our local expert will point out the amazing features in this symbol of Venetian wealth and power such as 43,000 square feet covered in brilliant, gilded, glass mosaics and adorned with extraordinary images by great artists from the history of Christianity. The Basilica will be open exclusively for our Road Scholar group. We’ll also visit the crypt that sits under sea level. Special lights create a magical atmosphere and bring alive the shimmering mosaics laid in 1071 by artists from Constantinople. We will then take the vaporetto from San Marco to the stop nearest the hotel. Those who wish to walk back are welcome to do so. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.