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Discover the art and architecture of Andrea Palladio

  • 04/08/2019 - 04/16/2019
  • 9 Days
  • Starting price $5,495

Travel to Northern Italy for a nine-day tour into the Renaissance world of Andrea Palladio, one of history’s greatest architects. Visit Palladio’s most renowned villas and churches in the company of architectural experts who will discuss his influential theories and practices. From Palazzo Chiericati and Villa Rotonda to the Palladian Basilica and the Palladio Museum, become immersed in the works of Andrea Palladio. Prosecco and grappa tastings and fine local Veneto cuisine are daily delights. The voyage concludes with a scenic boat ride along the Riviera del Brenta to Venice for an exclusive, after-hours visit to stunning St. Mark’s Basilica.

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Architectural highlights

  • Stroll through the loggia of the Palladian Basilica to view some of the first examples of the Palladian Window.
  • Tour Palladio’s famed palace Palazzo Chiericati, a two-story palace with continuous Doric columns on the ground floor inspired by the ancient Roman forum.
  • Visit the Palladio Museum to view scaled models of his most celebrated masterpieces.
  • Take in informative presentations about Palladio’s life and work and the differences between urban and rural Renaissance architecture.
  • Travel to the countryside to see some of Palladio’s renowned villas, including Villa Godi, Villa Rotonda, Villa Emo, and Villa Barbaro. Discuss the properties with a Palladio scholar.
  • See Ponte degli Alpini, a covered wooden bridge in Bassano del Grappa designed by Palladio.
  • Enjoy an after-hours visit to the famed St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, a Byzantine and Gothic wonder known as the Church of Gold.

 

More highlights

  • On a guided walking tour of Venice, stop at two of Palladio’s most famous churches: the Benedictine San Giorgio Maggiore and the Redentore on the island of Giudecca.
  • Explore the city of Vicenza, the center of Palladio’s world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Savor local Veneto cuisine and enjoy an exclusive grappa tasting at a distillery and a prosecco tasting at a Palladian villa.
  • Travel in a modern-day burchiello, or wooden boat, down the scenic Riviera del Brenta to Venice.
  • This trip qualifies for 15 AIA learning units.

 

Accommodation(s)

Stay five nights at the Hotel Campo Marzio in the heart of Vicenza and enjoy the close proximity to the city’s most popular sites. The hotel sits adjacent to the beautiful Campo Marzio Gardens and is a short walk to the Basilica Palladiana and Teatro Olimpico. Once in Venice, stay in the boutique, family-run Hotel Santa Marina located in a quiet residential area, less than a 10 minutes walk from St. Mark’s Square and Venice’s leading galleries and theaters.

 

Also Included

  • Group transfer fees for arrivals and departures
  • 7 nights accommodations in listed properties
  • 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners (plus 2 tastings)
  • An experienced multilingual Tour Director, in addition to the Architectural Adventures Educational Expert
  • All guided visits and entrance fees for all included visits
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout the trip
  • Service charges, taxes and gratuities for guides, bus drivers, porters, hotel staff and restaurant staff

 

What to expect

  • Appropriate for people in good health with overall good mobility
  • Traveler should be comfortable participating in a full day of sightseeing
  • Activities range from light to moderate intensity at an easy pace, but with lengthy walks, sometimes on uneven terrain, and climbing on stairs

 

Price

  • $5,495 per person, based on double occupancy
  • $1,150 single supplement
  • A deposit of $500 per person, payable by credit card or check is required to reserve a space
  • Deposits are applied to payment of the total price and the final payment is due by January 8, 2019

 

Not Included

Airfare and air departure taxes and fees; airline baggage fees and excess baggage fees; passport fees; meals not specified in the itinerary; food and beverages not part of the included meals; items of a personal nature; gratuities other than specified; travel and trip cancellation insurance; other items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary or as included.

 

Prices, itinerary, accommodations and experts subject to change.

 

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Itinerary

Overview

Begin your journey

Depart from your preferred airport and fly to Venice, Italy.
Overview

Arrive in Venice

Transfer to the nearby city of Vicenza, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to many of Andrea Palladio’s most celebrated works.

Accommodations: Hotel Campo Marzio
Meals: Reception, Dinner.
Overview

Palladio’s Vicenza

Enjoy a visit of the Palladio Museum, featuring scaled models of Andrea Palladio’s most celebrated masterpieces. Take a walking tour of Vicenza led by a Palladio expert. Stroll through the loggia of the Palladian Basilica to view some of the first examples of the Palladian Window. Explore Palazzo Chiericati, a two-story palace with continuous Doric columns on the ground floor inspired by the ancient Roman forum. Visit Teatro Olimpico, Palladio’s final project. Notice that the elaborate wooden theater interior is a half-circle of steep tiers of seats that face a rectangular proscenium stage. Look up and see that the ceiling plane is painted blue, suggesting an open sky above the theater.

Accommodations: Hotel Campo Marzio
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overview

The Palladian Countryside

Travel to the countryside to see Palladio’s villas. See Castle Porto-Colleoni for an exclusive tour of the castle archives, featuring a rare first edition of Palladio’s architectural treatise. Admire the two tower-like corners, with merlonated roof edges. Standing on the slopes of the Lonedo hill and overlooking a river, Villa Godi is one of Palladio’s first projects. Enjoy a private tour of this villa. Visit Villa Rotonda, one of Palladio’s best-known legacies to the architectural world. Tour the exceptional building and property while discussing the humanist values of Renaissance architecture at play in Palladio’s design.

Accommodations: Hotel Campo Marzio
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overview

A Day in Bassano

Explore two more of Palladio’s countryside villas, Villa Emo in Fanzolo and Villa Barbaro in Maser. The overall design of Villa Emo is, as per usual in the Palladian villas, split into three stories in accordance with the operational functions of the villa. Villa Barbaro’s design is relatively more complex than Villa Emo with rectangular and perpendicular rooms on a long axis. Discuss with an architectural expert how Palladio utilized a Roman portico and temple front on both properties, then partake in a prosecco tasting at Villa Barbaro. Visit the small city of Bassano del Grappa for a guided walking tour that includes the Ponte degli Alpini, a covered wooden bridge designed by Palladio. Enjoy a tour and tasting at Nardini, a renowned artisanal grappa distillery. Conclude the day with a brief stop to see Fuksas famous “Bolle” at the Nardini distillery where two inflated disks hover over a pool of water, supported on stilts. Return to Vicenza for an evening at leisure.

Accommodations: Hotel Campo Marzio
Meals: Breakfast, Tastings
Overview

The Villas of Veneto

Explore three more of Palladio’s famed Veneto villas. Enjoy a private tour of Villa Pisani in Bagnolo, a building inspired by the styles of Ancient Rome, and a grand example of Baroque architecture. See Villa Poiana, one of Palladio’s more enigmatic works. Some experts believe that Palladio attempted to match the practical logic of the architecture typical of thermal baths in classical times. Take a private tour of Villa Badoer, built over the existing foundation of a medieval castle.

Accommodations: Hotel Campo Marzio
Meals: Breakfast, Tastings
Overview

From Vicenza to Venice

Travel south to Palladio’s birthplace, the town of Padua, for a walking tour focusing on his early years. Transfer to Oriago for a ride aboard a modern-day burchiello, or wooden boat. Sail down the Riviera del Brenta, the waterway linking Padua and Venice, stopping en route to tour Villa Foscari, a Palladian masterpiece that reflects the architect’s harmonious rules of design. Arrive in Venice in the afternoon with the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy an after-hours visit to the famed St. Mark’s Basilica, a symbol of Venetian wealth and power known as the Church of Gold for its opulent design.

Accommodations: Hotel Santa Marina
Meals: Breakfast
Overview

A Day in Palladio’s Venice

View two of Palladio’s most famous works - San Giorgio Maggiore, a 16th-century Benedictine church that sits proudly in the middle of St Mark’s basin, and the church of the Redentore on the island of Giudecca. While touring each church, discuss how Palladio incorporated secular motifs into his ecclesiastical architecture, comparing the temple fronts and interiors with those of his villas. In the evening, enjoy a farewell reception and dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodations: Hotel Santa Marina
Meals: Breakfast, Reception, Dinner
Overview

Depart Venice

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast
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