The Veneto, Italy

  • Italy |
  • Overnight Trip |
  • 14-19 October 2011

The tour will include return flights to Italy and luxury coach transport will be provided whilst we are there. It is hoped that accommodation at an historic estate near Padua will be available and our stay will be on a bed and breakfast basis together with 2 or 3 dinners 'in-house'. Regrettably, there may be very few single rooms available and our numbers may be limited to 30.

The tour will include guided and sometimes private, visits to most venues. It is hoped that there will also be time enough for some scenic drives, a visit to a vineyard (harvest permitting) and we are planning other attractions.
Full day programmes are planned in the following:

Padua - One of the most important cities for art. Its university (1222) is the oldest in the world as is the Anatomical Theatre (1594). Visits to the Scrovegni chapel, the Basilica of St Antony and the Anatomical Theatre will be rivaled by a tour of the Botanical Gardens (1545) and tea at Cafe Pedrocchi.

Vicenza - A city of Palladian splendour where we hope to visit the Teatro Olimpico (the oldest enclosed theatre in the world), the beautifully restored Palazzo Leone Montanari and the Basilica of Monte Berico. We will not leave Vicenza without seeing Palladio's masterpiece, the Villa Rotonda, or the Villa Valmarana with its wonderful Tiepolo frescoes and garden of stone dwarfs.

Verona - An ancient Roman city with pink-limestone medieval palazzi. We will see the spectacular Castelvecchio, the church of San Zeno Maggiore and the Giardino Giusti, Italy's finest renaissance gardens. Time permitting, we aim also to visit the 1st century BC Teatro Romano with its stunning views of the city.

Venice - The day spent in Venice is likely to be at one's leisure, although we may have dinner together.

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