Venice in Art, Architecture and Literature

Venice in Art, Architecture and Literature
with Adrian Mourby

23 – 27 January 2017

This 4 nights – 5 days tour takes you to an area of Venice rarely  visited by the groups of tourists which crowd around the main attractions. Guided by Adrian Mourby, the renowned travel writer and novelist, you visit the historic backstreets of Castello and Cannaregio and their most beautiful churches and hidden canals. Adrian Mourby’s third novel “Wishdaughter” was partly set in Venice and he has been visiting the city for 30 years. His knowledge of Venice is extensive and his enthusiasm is catching.

Venice’s Arsenale by Canaletto

Venice’s Arsenale by Canaletto

Venice in winter is particularly beautiful. “If you are lucky enough to be in Venice when it snows, then you are very blessed. Venice, which is never noisy, once you leave San Marco, falls completely silent as footsteps are muffled by the snow and the Baroque buildings of Venice are enhanced by being rendered in gorgeous black and white”.

The tour will be based in a highly rated, family run hotel Palazzo San’ Antonio beautifully situated on a canal. It only has 10 rooms which will be offered on a first come basis.

Recommended flights: 23 January
Easyjet:   OUT 23 January – dep: LGW at 7.00 – arr: Marco Polo Venice at 10.05 - flight EZY5261
................RET 27 January – dep: Marco Polo at 18.50 – arr: LGW at 20.00 - flight EZY8072
BA:           OUT 23 January - dep: LGW at 8.25 – arr: Marco Polo Venice at 11.40 - flight BA2582
................RET 27 January - dep:Venice Marco Polo at 16.30 - arr: LGW at 17.45 - flight BA2585

I T I N E R A R Y:

Monday 23 January
1pm - 
Lunch followed by a walk around the area of San Marco
7pm - 
Adrian will give a talk on the next day’s tour. A glass of prosecco will be offered.
8pm - 
Dinner (by invitation) in a restaurant local to the hotel.

Tuesday 24 January
10am - 
A walk through the backstreets of Castello. We walk down Riva degli Schiavoni as far as the Arsenale where Venice’s craftsman could build a warship in a day.
1pm - 
Lunch in the area of San Marco in a café/restaurant typical of those frequented by local Venetians
Afternoon free – for those interested Rosa Maria Letts will offer a visit to the Accademia.
7pm - 
Talk by Adrian
8pm - Dinner at leisure

Wednesday 25 January
10am - A walk through the backstreets of Castello and Cannaregio. We visit the Church of San Giovanni and Paolo, the finest Gothic Church in Venice whih contains the Tombs of 25 Doges and some splendid Baroque Altars. Outside a rare Equestrian Statue by Verrocchio, commemorates the 15C warrior Bartolomeo Colleone who led Venice’s mercenary army.
1pm - Lunch (by invitation) at the Querini Stanpalia, one of the most important 18C aristocratic Venetian mansions, now a museum, which we will visit.
7pm - Talk by Adrian
8pm - Dinner at leisure

Thursday 26 January
10am - Walk through the backstreets of Cannaregio where we visit Madonna dell’ Orto and Campo dei Mori. Tintoretto’s House (exterior) plus the Tomb of Tintoretto and many of his best works in this beautiful Gothic Church, often referred to as the “English” Church, much praised by Ruskin.
Afternoon Free
6pm - Talk by Adrian
7pm - Dinner and Opera in concert (by invitation)

Friday 27 January
10am - Visit to a private palazzo on the Grand Canal. (Subject to obtaining the necessary permission we hope to visit Palazzo Barbaro).
1pm - Lunch (by invitation)
Return to hotel for departure.

Cost:                      Members: £1050                  Others: £1150                  Single supplement: £120
Cost includes: 4 nights bed & breakfast; 2 dinners; opera in concert; 2 lunches; guiding and entrance fees; transport from and to Marco Polo airport.

From within the UK:
by bank transfer: to Artstur Ltd; Bank: Cardonebanking; Sort Code: 23-18-84; Account Number: 78597529
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From abroad: Beneficiary Bank: Spectrum Payment Services; BIC/SWIFT: BARCGB22;
IBAN: GB72 BARC 2000 0013 5593 78; Reference: Artstur 78597529

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