The Palladian Villas & Asolo
Travel by private vehicle for this full-day excursion which begins with a walking tour of Padua. Here you will stroll with your driver-escort through the glorious historic center to St. Anthony's Basilica, where you'll marvel to the tiny Scrovegni Chapel and its famed Giotto frescoes, dating from the beginning of the 16 th century. Afterwards you'll have time for more explorations and if you wish, lunch on your own at a restaurant or trattoria. In the afternoon, you'll journey along the Riviera del Brenta, lined with the most imposing 16th- and 17th-century Venetian villas. You'll enjoy a guided visit to Villa Pisani and Villa Widmann Foscari. Then on your way back to the dock, you'll have a photo op outside the Palladian Villa Foscari, nicknamed La Malcontenta.
For this tour you will meet your driver-escort at Piazzale Roma. The tour lasts eight hours with anticipated return to Venice at 5 pm. It is available Tuesday to Saturday. Please note that the Scrovegni Chapel may be closed due to circumstances beyond our control. Most of the time it is open, and entrance costs 15 Euro extra paid in cash. Children under 2 years old pay nothing for the tour. Children 2 to 10 years old pay 80% for the tour.
1 person: 782.00 Euro/person 2 people: 802.00 Euro/group 3 people: 874.00 Euro/group 4 people: 893.00 Euro/group 5 people: 916.00 Euro/group 6 people: 936.00 Euro/group 7 people: 953.00 Euro/group 8 people: 975.00 Euro/group 9 people: 1251.00 Euro/group 10 people: 1276.00 Euro/group
Price includes private English-speaking driver-escort, transportation and entrance fees.
Travel by private vehicle to tour three of the most famous villas by Andrea Palladio, considered one of the greatest architects of all time. Your first stop is at Villa Foscari, nicknamed La Malcontenta or The Unhappy One. Built for the fabulously wealthy Foscari family, it sits in splendid isolation beside the waters of the Brenta Canal. As you tour the interior, your English-speaking driver-escort will explain the evolution of Palladio's architecture, and you will see how the design of this villa reflects the transition from his early years of imitating other architects to a period when he began to realize his own unique designs. The next stop is at Villa Barbaro, the most richly decorated of all Palladian villas. Here you'll discuss the exquisite frescoes of Paolo Veronese and learn about the conflict between Palladio, patron Marcantonio Barbaro and Veronese as they wrestled over the design and ideology of the building. The last stop on the tour is Villa Emo. Unencumbered by lavish decoration, surrounded by elegant gardens, this villa has a simple form which makes it one of Palladio's purest creations as a villa architect. You're bound to love the frescoes by Zelotti, one of Palladio's favorite frescoes artists. And you'll learn why many people regard this as the most beautiful Palladian villa. Providing the perfect interlude between villas, you'll visit the enchanting village of Asolo, where you'll have free time to explore the quaint streets and have lunch on your own at a local osteria, a great place to enjoy delicious regional cuisine and wines. Many consider Asolo, "the pearl of Veneto," to be one of Italy's prettiest hill towns. On the way back to Venice you'll drive through the hills of the Valdobbiadene area and enjoy a tasting of prosecco, the world-famed local sparkling wine.
For this tour you will meet your driver-escort at Piazzale Roma. The tour lasts nine hours with anticipated return to Venice at 6 pm. It is available Tuesday and Saturday from May to October; you may take the tour from March to April but Villa Foscari is seen only from the outside. Children under 2 years old pay nothing for the tour. Children 2 to 10 years old pay 80% for the tour.
1 person: 967.00 Euro/person 2 people: 967.00 Euro/group 3 people: 967.00 Euro/group 4 people: 967.00 Euro/group 5 people: 1080.00 Euro/group 6 people: 1091.00 Euro/group 7 people: 1075.00 Euro/group 8 people: 1091.00 Euro/group 9 people: 1297.00 Euro/group 10 people: 1330.00 Euro/group
Price includes private English-speaking driver-escort, transportation, wine tasting and entrance fees.
Travel by private vehicle for this thrilling journey across the centuries, all the way back to the 6th century. To get there you'll follow the same route used by countless medieval pilgrims on their long walk to the Vatican. After about an hour you'll come to Ravenna, a UNESCO World Heritage city which boasts the planet's most extravagant, extensive and unforgettable Byzantine mosaics, housed in the five humble paleo-Christian churches that you will visit. The exteriors may look drab, but inside they are covered floor-to-ceiling with brightly colored mosaics depicting historical figures and stories from the Bible. Everyone in the family, from preschoolers to grandparents, will learn the symbolism and join the fun of deciphering the stories told by these exquisite masterpieces. Each of the churches -- San Vitale Abbey, Galla Placidia Mausoleum, the Neonian Baptistery, San Apollinare Nuovo Church and S. Apollinare in Classe Basilica -- is totally unique and memorable. After you have free time for the lunch of your choice, you are off again towards Venice, with a stop to visit the Pomposa Abbey. Dating back to the 9th century, this stately church has an impeccable Romaesque belltower. Inside you will thrill to the frescoes, majolica tiles, terracotta friezes and Byzantine sculptures.
For this tour you will meet your driver-escort at Piazzale Roma. The tour lasts nine hours with anticipated return to Venice at 6 pm. It is available daily. Children under 2 years old pay nothing for the tour. Children 2 to 10 years old pay 80% for the tour.
1 person: 1049.00 Euro/person 2 people: 1099.00 Euro/group 3 people: 1158.00 Euro/group 4 people: 1263.00 Euro/group 5 people: 1306.00 Euro/group 6 people: 1321.00 Euro/group 7 people: 1412.00 Euro/group 8 people: 1471.00 Euro/group 9 people: 1510.00 Euro/group 10 people: 1533.00 Euro/group
Price includes private English-speaking driver-escort, transportation, guided visit of four churches in Ravenna and Pomposa Abbey.
Discover magical Verona -- one of Italy's most picture-perfect cities -- as well as the world-class wine regions of Amarone and Valpolicella. From Venice it's a 90-minute drive through verdant hills and past ancient villages to the very heart of Verona, where you'll marvel at Italy's third-largest ancient arena. Built by Roman soldiers almost 2000 years ago, it has 22,000 seats and originally hosted gladiators and wild animals. Today it is used for opera and concerts in the summer. Verona is rich but small, so you will easily be able to walk with your driver-escort to the most interesting sites, including the very balcony where Juliet stood when Romeo wooed her (you are welcome to repeat the scene with your own true love!). You'll stroll across a 14th-century drawbridge to Castelvecchio, the quintessential Italian castle. Next you'll visit Piazza delle Erbe, where a lively marketplace sits atop the site of the original Roman Forum. Your walk will culminate at Piazza dei Signori, lined with the delicate 15th-century Loggia del Consiglio, the 17th-century Baroque Domus Nova, and the 13th-century Palazzo dei Scaligeri. After Verona, you'll head to the medieval towns of the Valpolicella region, where you'll be treated to lunch at a typical local trattoria. Time permitting, you'll visit the 13th-century church of San Giorgio with its splendid altar dating back to the year 712 and featuring beautiful frescoes with panoramic views of Sirmione and Lake Garda. From here you'll continue to an Amarone vineyard for a visit and tasting of this, one of Italy's most esteemed wines. This is your chance to purchase a few bottles of Amarone (which the locals call "the big dry one") and Recioto della Valpolicella before your English-speaking driver-escort takes you back to Venice.
For this tour you will meet your driver-escort at Piazzale Roma. The tour lasts 9.5 hours with anticipated return to Venice at 6 pm. It is available daily. Children under 2 years old pay nothing for the tour. Children 2 to 10 years old pay 80% for the tour.
1 person: 1019.00 Euro/group 2 people: 1019.00 Euro/person 3 people: 1029.00 Euro/person 4 people: 1029.00 Euro/person 5 people: 1219.00 Euro/person 6 people: 1363.00 Euro/person 7 people: 1370.00 Euro/person 8 people: 1483.00 Euro/person 9 people: 1502.00 Euro/person 10 people: 1572.00 Euro/person
Price includes private English-speaking driver-escort, transportation, guided visit of Verona, lunch and wine tasting.