Itinerary: Doge’s Palace; Santi Giovanni and Paolo; Santa Maria dei Miracoli church; Ca’d’Oro.
The Doge’s Palace: Once the rulers of Venice employed art and architecture to represent the power and wealth they were holding and the Doge’s Palace is the greatest example of this intention. Primarily it served as a private residence for the doge and as a place where the most important political decisions were made and carried out.
Up until now the palace retained the importance and symbolical meaning for the city and people living here, only that nowadays it has become a place that can be visited and admired by many and not only by a few chosen ones. During this tour you will visit the Doge’s Palace and see the halls of the body of government and justice, private rooms of the doges, and even get a glimpse of the prison cells and the famous Bridge of Sighs.
Basilica of Santi Giovanni and Paolo: the two-part basilica is also known as San Zanipolo. It is a wonderful example of Gothic style that also has very specific features typical only for the city of Venice. It is dedicated to saints John and Paul and built by the Dominican order between 1246 and 1430, the church held an important position in the history of Venetian Republic as a burial place for the most important noblemen and Doges. In other words, it is Venice’s Pantheon.
Church of Santa Maria Dei Miracoli: the church is located not far away from the San Marco’s Square, in a small square that was named after the saint. The entire exterior and interior is decorated with various types of marble that differ in colours and textures. The simplicity of the decoration, yet the preciousness of the material is wonderful example of exquisite taste of the Italian Renaissance architects.
Giorgio Franchetti Gallery at Ca’ d’Oro: Ca’ d’Oro is perhaps the most beautiful Gothic palace on the Grand Canal and is also a venue for the Giorgio Franchetti Gallery. The gallery displays sculptures, ceramics, furniture and paintings by the European artists, who would rewrite the history of arts forever, among them Mantegna, Giorgione and Tiziano.
Itinerary: Accademia; Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari; Scuola Grande di San Rocco.
Gallerie Dell’accademia: The monumental complex of Gallerie dell’Accademia is set in the famous Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Carità. The church of St Mary and the monastery of the Lateran Canons were designed by Andrea Palladio. You will have an opportunity to admire works by such masters as Paolo Veneziano, Bellini,Carpaccio, Giorgione, Tiziano, Tintoretto, Veronese, Tiepolo, Canaletto, Piazzetta, Guardi, Rosalba Carriera and Pietro Longhi. Apart from the permanent collection, the gallery often hosts temporary exhibitions by various other artists.
Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa Dei Frari: After the Basilica of St. Mark’s, the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is the most remarkable ecclesiastical building in Venice. Over the centuries the Basilica has become a veritable treasure-chest of exceptional works of art. Some of the paintings, The Assumption (1516-1518), Virgin Mary from Cà’Pesaro (1526) by Titian find its place within the church and attract many art lovers from all over the world to admire these delicate creations, as well as the most beautiful legacy left by the Franciscan Order for the city of Venice – the Basilica itself.
Scuola Grande Di San Rocco: the building was dedicated to the protector against plague. It was a time when Venice was suffering from the plague that consequently led to the economical crisis and poverty. It is magnificent building and even more stupendous is the interior, which is adorned with the paintings and frescoes by Tintoretto, Giorgione, Tiziano, Giambattista Tiepolo, Francesco Pianta and many other masters of arts.