Venetian Grandeur: Padua and Venice
Get an insider’s perspective on Venice as you learn about traditional glassblowing, visit iconic cathedrals, experience Giotto’s frescoes and, of course, enjoy a gondola ride.
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Program No. 3024RJ
13 days
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At a Glance

A nexus for world trade for more than 1,000 years, Venice spread its commercial and artistic riches throughout the Veneto region. In the palaces, squares and churches built by Byzantine and Renaissance masters, follow this alluring blend of east and west from the canals of Venice to Padua and the Po River Valley. Padua predates the founding of Rome and during the 13th and 14th centuries welcomed Dante and Giotto.
Activity Level
Extensive walking in the heart of Padua and Vicenza, towns with wide pedestrian only areas. Uneven terrain, steps, and ramps to cross bridges and canals in Venice. Standing for extended periods during site visits.
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 ...

  • Learn about Venetian art and architecture from experts as you stroll through the maze of narrow streets.
  • In Padua, experience Giotto’s Scrovegni chapel frescoes, a masterpiece of early Renaissance painting.
  • On an excursion to Vicenza admire late Renaissance works by Andrea Palladio, the architectural style of which inspired the design of Monticello in Virginia.
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Donatella Gaddo
Donatella Gaddo is an authorized excusion leader in Padua, Italy, and leads classroom presentations on Giotto as well as walking explorations of the University, the Basilica of San Antonio, the Oratory and the Palazzo della Ragione.
Donatella Gaddo
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