Venezia, Padova e Verona
The gems of the Veneto.
An itinerary which encapsulates the best of the region, from the portal of the sea to the land.
FIRST AND SECOND DAY
1500 years of history moulded into a city: more than any other place, Venice represents a world apart.
Emotion is guaranteed: whoever sets foot here brings this city into their own heart and holds it forever.
One can never tire of looking at Venice, because one lives Venice. Nevertheless, before we embark on our tour of the most important sites of Venice, it is necessary to have an idea of the general picture of the city’s role throughout history.
Its origins date back to the 5th and 6th centuries, with the lagoon area being populated by Germanic peoples. The city quickly assumed its own unique identity based on its peculiar geographical environment.
Strong ties with the Byzantine Empire eventually led to subjugation by the same, then support and finally supremacy, leading to a style of art and architecture combining eastern and western elements in perfect harmony.
This style became known as “Venetian”. It eventually achieved total dominance over the ports and searoutes of the Mediterranean owing to its ruthless role in the fourth Crusade, when it conquered Constantinople.
Returning with enormous riches, the city prospered greatly: during the Renaissance the Repubblica Serenissima became one of the greatest European powers, able to be treated as an equal of other independent states.
It rise appeared unstoppable, laying claim to inland territories, which lasted until the 18th century. Thanks to its commercial and military determination Venice today boasts an unrivalled artistic heritage.
There are in fact so many things to see in Venice, a city where every corner reveals a masterpiece of beauty and history.
From those marvels our tour will comprise the following sights:
Piazza San Marco, with the Duomo (9th century), campanile (9th-15th) and clocktower (15th), the Gothic-style Doge’s Palace (9th-15th), former residence of the rulers of the Republic, the Procuratie Vecchie and Nuove, the Rialto bridge, the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, the churches of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari (14th-15th) and of SS. Giovanni e Paolo (13th), with their wealth of artworks, the magical architecture of some of the most beautiful palazzi on the Grand Canal (Ca’ Rezzonico, Ca’ Vendramin Calergi), the church of the Redentore (16th), and S. Maria dei Miracoli (15th).
We continue with a vist to the most important museums and art galleries:
the world-famous Accademia, the Museum of 17th century Venice, the Archeological Museum, the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, the Peggy Guggenheim collection and the Querini Stampalia gallery and library.
In the world of cultural tourism of the Veneto the city of Padua, with its distinctive character contrasting with its “older sisters” of Venice and Verona, occupies a significantly high position.
Every day the solemnity of its monuments merges with the cosmopolitan bustle of the market and the students.
The University here is in fact one of the oldest in Europe, founded in 1222.
Losing oneself in the lanes and alleyways of the centre is the perfect way to capture the spirit of the medieval town which Padua once was and remains, being also the focus of important advances in science and medicine which have changed our lives.
Our tour also explores the religious and devotional spirit which has reigned for 800 years in the Basilica of S. Antonio, the mysterious depictions by Giotto in the Scrovegni Chapel, an absolute masterpiece of 14th century art, the judicial face of Padua in its Palazzo della Ragione (the tribunal of 1218), and the learned aspect in the Palazzo del Bo’, the university, where our visit will take in the famous Anatomy Theatre and the podium of Galileo Galilei.
A stop at the famous Caffè Pedrocchi, the café “without doors” (so-called as it never closed) gives us the opportunity to take a refreshing drink and enjoy a premium live jazz performance.
FOURTH AND FIFTH DAY
Verona is the principal land gateway to the Veneto, and is a concentrated blend of history and legend capable of leaving deep emotions in the heart and mind of the visitor.
From the Arena, one of the most important Roman monuments, which dominates the splendid Piazza Bra’, we encounter the enchanting locations of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: under the famous balcony of the 13th century house traditionally known as the Capulet’s abode.
Here we have found the two keystones of the so-called City of Love.
Our tour continues with an exploration of the mystic and religious aspect of the city, a fundamental element for capturing the typical Medieval spirit, and which is embodied perfectly in two magnificent structures: the Romantic-Gothic Duomo and the spectacular Basilica di San Zeno.
Following to Piazza delle Erbe, taking in the “ancient” everyday atmosphere, we can witness the Medieval –Renaissance- Baroque blended in a harmonious picture of beautiful palazzi which encircle the characteristic marketplace.
Our tour continues to Piazza dei Signori, another jewel case of supreme architectural gems to admire: the Palazzo del Comune, Palazzo del Capitanio, Loggia del Consiglio, and arches and porticoes of the Scaliger times.
Our visit concludes with a trip to Castelvecchio, a breathtaking fortress built by Cangrande II following the natural bight of the river Adige.
Today it houses one of the best Venetian art galleries, whose rooms, in addition to their artistic beauties, provide stunning views of the river and the Ponte Scaligero.
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