The Renaissance in The Veneto 2012

Tour 14 June to 27 June 2012

Escorted by Dr Angela Mackie
Tour Operator: Claudio Polles

Tour begins and ends at the airport in Venice where we will be met by the tour operator


Cost of tour: $AUS7650
Single room supplement $AUS1250

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  • Transfers
  • Accommodation with private facilities
  • All excursions
  • All breakfasts, all dinners (wines with evening meals)
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary


  • Airfares and all associated airport and airline taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Any personal costs

Day 1 Thursday 14 June

Arrival in Venice; travel to accommodation

Day 2  Friday 15 June Padua

Arena [Scrovegni] Chapel- frescoes by Giotto preceded by video presentation
We will visit the Chapel twice today as each visit only lasts 15 minutes

Museo Civico:The old monastery now houses the municipal art gallery: Giotto, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, et al

The Church of the Eremitani: Andrea Mantegna, St James Led to his Execution,  c 1455, Church of the Eremetani, Padua, destroyed 1944


Palazzo della Ragione: Architecture and view Great Salone

Basilica of St Antonio of Padua
Scuola di S. Antonio - frescoes by Titian (examples of his early work)

Day 3 Saturday 16 June Verona

Transfer to Verona

Roman Arena, c 30 AD
Juliet House!
Walk through Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Signori to:
Sant' Anastasia
Teatro Romano
Cartolari-Nichesola Chapel: The Assumption by Titian (1487-1576) on the altar
Sansovino Chapel altar and the cloisters of Sant' Elena

Walk through Porta Borsari and along Corso Cavour to the Castelvecchio (Art Gallery) for a visit of at least 2 hours

Basilica of San Zeno: wonderful example of Romanesque architecture as well as the famous San Zeno Altarpiece by Andrea Mantegna

Day 4 Sunday 17 June LAKE GARDA

Relaxing day touring and shopping at the lakeside villages of (Malcesine - Lazise - Garda - Bardolino)

Day 5 Monday 18 June Vicenza

Cathedral in Vicenza  (door and dome by Palladio)
Also work by Tiepolo but he is not of the Renaissance but Baroque

Palazzo Barbaran da Porto  1570-75 (Palladio here)

Casa Pigafetta (late Gothic/Early Renaissance) exterior only

Palazzo Thiene 1542 (exterior only)

Palazzo della Ragione (Basilica Palladiana) 1546-49, Piazza dei Signori

Loggia del Capitaniato (also known as the Loggia Bernarda) 1565 exterior only

Day 6  Tuesday 19 June Vicenza

Villa Godi: early villa by Palladio
LUNCH in the stables at Villa Godi

Day 7  Wednesday 20 June Vicenza

Villa Capra ("La Rotonda") 1566-71 (located on outskirts of Vicenza)

Day 8 Thursday 21 June Vicenza

Monte Berico, to view Vicenza's  urban design.
Basilica of Monte Berico: Veronese: Supper of St Gregory the Great, 1572
There is a walkway down which gives a view of exquisite private gardens.

Palladio: Valmarana Chapel in the church of Santa Corona

Palazzo Chiericati 1550-1580  (Art Museum) Palladio
Exterior as well as view art inside

Teatro Olimpico  1584 Palladio with scenes by Scamozzi

Salvi Gardens, Palladian Loggia Valmarana and Longhena's Loggia

Day 9  Friday 22 June

BASSANO DEL GRAPPA TO SEE PALLADIO'S BRIDGE and go to Castelfranco to see the Giorgione in the Cathedral
Wine tasting and lunch here.

Day 10  Saturday 23 June

Scuola Grande di San Rocco for the Tintoretto and Titian

A trip to the Island of Torcello to see the Basilica

Day 11  SUNDAY 24 June Venice

Piazzetta San Marco: Libreria Sansoviana, La Zecca, La Campanile

Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

Titian's Madonna di Ca' Pesaro in the left aisle
Titian's Assumption of the Virgin, over the main altar.  In the Frari's sacristy is Giovanni Bellini  Madonna and Child with Saints (1488);  sculpture Antonio Canova (1757-1822) Donatello's John the Baptist

Day 12  MONDAY 25 June Venice

The Academy    Renaissance works

Guggenheim Museum

Day 13  TUESDAY 26 June

Santa Maria dei Miracoli
Santa Zaccaria: Bellini: Sacra Conversazione

San Giorgio Maggiore (Palladio)
Church of the Santissimo Redentore (Palladio)
pm: Church of San Sebastiano (to see works of Veronese)

Santa Maria della Salute (Baroque church but Titian works in the Sacritsty)

Day 14  WEDNESDAY 27 June