Venice & The Brenta Villas

1st day – Arrival

Arrival in Mestre / Mira in the afternoon, accommodation in hotel . Optional: Gondola ride and visit of a typical venetian bar „Bacaro“ where you can taste the famous venetian specialities like Spritz (sparkling white wine and Aperol) and “ciccheti”. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

2nd day – Venice

After breakfast - Transfer with boat to Venice. Visit of this wonderful city: Saint Mark‘s Square, the Basilica, the Clocktower, the Doges Palace, the bridge of sighs. Freetime for lunch. PM Islands tour: MURANO known for glass production – visit of a glass factory. BURANO known for lace production. TORCELLO now uninhabited, with its beautiful Cathedral of Santa Fosca. Return to the hotel in Mestre. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

3rd day – Villas of the Brenta River and Padua

1st Option

Breakfast and FD at the Venetian Villas. During the 16th Century, the Venetian mainland was the destination of the wealthy patrician, who built their summer houses there. It was the beginning of a phenomenon, the rural idyll, which carried on for two centuries until the fall of the Republic. About 2,000 houses were built in various parts of the region, all the villas showed the opulence of their respective owners. Famous Architects (Andrea Palladio, Francesco Maria Preti), and famous artists (Veronese, Giambattista Zelotti, Giambattista Tiepolo, Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini) created fantastic environments for this new Venetian fashion, which was named as the “Society of the villas”. We will visit some of the finest houses on the banks of the Brenta River, the so called “Grand Canal” of the mainland: Villa Foscari “La Malcontenta”, Villa Widmann, Villa Valmarana and Alessandri “barchesse,” and the beautiful Villa Pisani. Then we will drive to Padua, visit the church of S. Antonio, the Basilica, the Chapel of the third century, the masterpiece “ Palace of Reason” (year 1218), the Bo’ Palace (University), and then to the cathedral of Gaileo Galilei. Stop for a coffee in the coffee house Pedrocchi, the historic coffee house “without words” in the heart of Padua. Dinner and overnight in hotel

2nd Option

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Breakfast and full day at the Venetian villas with motorboats. Transfer by bus to Villa Foscari in MALCONTENTA, tour of the villa, VILLA WIDMANN DI MIRA (tour of the villa). Lunch

- CHIUSA DI MIRA, drive through the gate

- CHIUSA DI DOLO, journey through the lock

- STRA, VILLA PISANI, Sightseeing

- CHIUSA DI STRA E DI NOVENTA PADOVANA, tour through the lock End of the tour in Padua, Pontile della Scalinata Cinquecentesca del Portello. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in the hotel

4th day - Verona

Breakfast and departure for Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet. Tour of Piazza Bra. The famous first Century Arena (the third largest in Italy) with more than 22,000 seats, where all the most important operas and concerts are played. You will visit the house of Julietta (as in Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”), and the historic Piazza delle Erbe. After Verona, we will move to the medieval towns of the Valpolicella region, we will enjoy a glass of wine in a wine cellar and lunch. From here we will drive to different wine cellars in Amarone. Then we will go back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

5th day - Departure

After breakfast at hotel, depart for the return

Rates include:

  • 2 nights in 4 star hotel half board in Mestre and
  • 2 nights in 4 star hotel in Verona with Half board
  • Return transfer by GT boat to San Marco
  • 2 hours guide in Venice and 2 hours guide in Verona
  • Tickets in the Villas of the Brenta
  • Tasting of local products (lunch) in Valpolicella

Rates do not include:

  • Bus and ZTL
  • coach, assistance
  • Tickets in Venice and in Verona museums
  • Meals not included as per program
  • Drinks and meals
  • city tax in the hotels - Tips, extra
  • Anything not specified in “the price includes”