Winter in Italy: Venetian History, Culture & Canals

Explore vibrant Venice, from its grand architecture to its masterful paintings, when the crowds have gone home to gain a deeper understanding of its rich culture and history.
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Program No. 23339RJ
8 days
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At a Glance

Wind your way through the maze of canals and take in the arched Gothic architecture that lines its banks. Welcome to Venice: A true fairytale of a city where gondoliers sing into the night and artwork can be found in marbled galleries. Usually a magnet for busy tourists, study Venice’s culture and history during the quieter winter months when the crowds have dwindled. As the narrow streets beckon you to explore, discover every alleyway, bridge and corner café with our top-notch instructors and on your own while you dive head first into the City of Water.
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Keep the Pace
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Revel in a Vivaldi concert performed on prestigious original instruments by a gifted chamber music ensemble.
  • Learn about the art of glassmaking and mosaics from a local expert and then observe the mosaic-clad St. Mark's Cathedral.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of painters Titian, Veronese and Jacopo Tintoretto at the Accademia Gallery.

General Notes

Program includes independent time to explore the city and several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
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Michela Ceccarini
Michela Ceccarini has a passion for foreign languages and cultures, but particularly enjoys sharing the wonders of Genoa, Italy, with lifelong learners from around the world. A Road Scholar group leader for nearly a decade, Michela is also the founder of Genova Insieme, an association that organizes cultural events in Genoa, educational activities for schools and excursions to art cities in Italy. In addition, she also consults in foreign public relations for companies and accompanies Italian groups to Scandinavia.

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

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