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Independent Venice: Art, Culture and Canals

Discover the timeless beauty, architectural grandeur, world-class cuisine and unparalleled cultural legacy of Venice with local experts and plenty of time on your own.
Rating (5)
Program No. 23230RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,849
Flights start at
1,000
Italy

Independent Venice: Art, Culture and Canals

Discover the timeless beauty, architectural grandeur, world-class cuisine and unparalleled cultural legacy of Venice with local experts and plenty of time on your own.
Length
8 days
Starts at
2,849
Flights start at
1,000
Length
8 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
2,849
Flights start at
1,000
Program No. 23230RJ

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DATES & starting prices
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Apr 29 - May 6, 2023
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2,849
May 13 - May 20, 2023
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2,849
Sep 16 - Sep 23, 2023
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2,849
Oct 14 - Oct 21, 2023
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 29 - May 6, 2023
Starting at
3,469
May 13 - May 20, 2023
Starting at
3,469
Sep 16 - Sep 23, 2023
Starting at
3,469
Oct 14 - Oct 21, 2023
Starting at
3,469

At a Glance

Experience la bea vita (the beautiful life) in Venice as you learn from our local experts and then independently discover the parts of the city that are calling to you most — whether the gorgeous marbled architecture reflected in its winding canals or the narrow backstreets where daily life unfolds. Immerse yourself in the Italian culture by tasting the fresh flavors of the sea at quaint trattorie and learning about Venetian crafts from local artisans. With the help of top-notch instructors and plenty of time on your own, study the spectacular artists, architects and musicians that contributed (and continue to add to) Venice’s unmatched beauty.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking on cobblestone streets; uneven steps up and down bridges. Use of public “vaporetto” waterbus for transportation.
Independent City Discoveries
Independent City Discoveries
Learn with a Group Leader and enjoy educational programming while also getting independent time to explore on your own. Most Independent City Discoveries include lectures, self-guided excursions and passes for public transit and museums.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Experience the St. Mark’s Basilica at night, when its beauty can be experienced without crowds.
  • Revel in a Vivaldi concert performed on priceless original instruments by a chamber music ensemble.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of traditional Venetian crafts – including Carnival masks – with the author of “Venice Master Artisans,” Cristina Gregorin.
Featured Expert
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Laura Gregis
Born and raised in Genoa in the north-western part of Italy, Laura Gregis studied English, German, and Geography at the local university. Since the age of 21, she has worked in the travel industry leading groups in Italy and around the world. She has also worked summers as a leader in Scandinavia and Ireland since 1996. A great fan of soccer, Laura often works for the Italian national soccer team as well as other Italian and foreign soccer teams.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Laura Gregis View biography
Born and raised in Genoa in the north-western part of Italy, Laura Gregis studied English, German, and Geography at the local university. Since the age of 21, she has worked in the travel industry leading groups in Italy and around the world. She has also worked summers as a leader in Scandinavia and Ireland since 1996. A great fan of soccer, Laura often works for the Italian national soccer team as well as other Italian and foreign soccer teams.
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Cristina Gregorin View biography
Cristina Gregorin has a PhD in German studies and earned her degree in history, art history, and languages from the University of Trieste. She has lived and worked in Venice for many decades. As an excursion expert, she prefers to offer a multifaceted experience of Venice that includes traditions and habits of the past and present, and the juxtaposition of the historical and contemporary aspects of the city. Cristina is the author of “Venice Master Artisans,” a book focusing on Venetian arts and crafts.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Italians
by John Hooper
From Amazon: A vivid and surprising portrait of the Italian people from an admired foreign correspondent.
The Genius of Venice, Piazza San Marco and the Making of the Republic
by Dial Parrott
With 112 color illustrations and four maps, the Genius of Venice presents the magnificent buildings of the celebrated piazza as, in the words of John Ruskin, the "living books of history" in this handsome cultural history.
Art and Life in Renaissance Venice
by Patricia Brown
This compact volume evokes the spirit of Renaissance Venice with authoritative essays and 120 full-color illustrations.
The Perfect House, A Journey with Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio
by Witold Rybczynski
A professor of urban studies and popular author, Rybczynski is an enlightening guide to Palladio and his influence in Italy and abroad.
Venice, A Literary Guide for Travellers
by Marie-jose Gransard
From local authors to classic writers like Dickens, Byron, Kafka, Poe, Rousseau, Thomas Mann, John Ruskin and Ezra Pound, this literary survey reveals Venice's multifaceted personality through literature.
The World of Venice
by Jan Morris
From Barnes and Noble website: "A fascinating exploration of the history, sights, seasons, arts, food, and people of an incomparable city. “A highly intelligent portrait of an eccentric city, written in powerful prose and enlivened by many curious mosaics of information...a beautiful book to read and to possess” (The Observer)."
My Venice and Other Essays
by Donna Leon
A collection of 50 of Leon's funny, charming, passionate and insightful essays, ranging from battles over garbage in the canals to the troubles with restoring Venetian real estate.
Death at La Fenice
by Donna Leon
The first of the tremendously good Guido Brunetti mysteries, all set in the author's beloved Venice, in which a famous conductor is found dead at the celebrated La Fenice theater.
Venice: The Biography of a City
by Christopher Hibbert
Synopsis from Amazon.com: "This novel guidebook to the famous Italian city combines a personal narrative with historical and social information, and includes a comprehensive gazeteer of every building mentioned in the text and every monument and work of art of importance in Venice. Christopher Hibbert is the author of many works of history and biography, including "The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici" and guidebooks to Florence and Rome."
Venice is a Fish
by Tiziano Scarpa
The hugely popular Venetian novelist, poet and playwright makes his English-language debut with these marvelously digressive essays on the many moods and pleasures of La Serenissima.
Eyewitness Guide Venice & the Veneto
by Eyewitness Guides
Features color photography, dozens of excellent maps (including a pullout map) and a synopsis of the region's attractions.
Venice from the Ground Up
by James H. S. McGregor
A walking tour, history and celebration, this masterly, personal guide to Venice includes a short account of McGregor's favorite sites, 10 maps and suggested walks (and boat rides).
The City of Falling Angels
by John Berendt
from Barnes and Noble website: "The author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil returns after more than a decade to give us an intimate look at the "magic, mystery, and decadence" of the city of Venice and its inhabitants."
Watermark
by Joseph Brodsky
A metaphysical, metaphorical meditation on Venice by poet Joseph Brodsky. His ruminations take the form of 48 short chapters, each prompted by an idea, memory or scene associated with his much loved city.





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