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Architecture in Venice from the Renaissance to Carlo Scarpa

28 April 2021

6 days from £2,335pp

  • Palazzo Grimani
  • Teatro La Fenice
  • Private visit to the Basilica di San Marco
From its origins the architecture of Venice has always had a highly distinctive character. It is not just that the builders of the city had to adapt their constructions to a unique environment, taking into account the different consistency of their foundations and the need for all important buildings to face the water or even to rise directly from it; there is also the fact that this very environment inspired a different aesthetic sensibility, privileging lightness and pictorial delicacy over solidity and sturdiness. This explains the almost lace-like beauty of the Doge’s Palace, when compared with the robustness of equivalent buildings elsewhere in Italy. These qualities were not confined to the Byzantine and Gothic churches and palaces, which are such a distinctive feature of the city; when Venice adopted the ideals that inspired the Tuscan Renaissance, her architects (even when Florentine of birth, like Sansovino) adapted the classical forms to the particular requirements of the Venetian environment – and Venetian tastes. 
 
Our tour will take in 15th- and 16th-century masterpieces, like the church of the Miracoli, San Giovanni Crisostomo, San Zaccaria, and the Scuola di San Marco, where Codussi and the Lombardo family used marble with the delicacy and skill of great sculptors. We will examine the great works of Palladio; his classical buildings were to inspire later generations of British and American architects, but his greatest creations are in Venice, where he made the most of the extraordinary lagoon setting. Venice’s finest Baroque buildings, like the church of the Salute, Santa Maria del Giglio and San Moisè, for all their elaborate marblework, still share those Venetian qualities of exuberant buoyancy. The tour will also include the recreated 19th-century opera house, La Fenice, and the intriguing buildings of Venice’s 20th-century architectural genius, Carlo Scarpa. Even if you already know Venice, this tour will reveal new and splendid aspects of the city’s singular beauty.

Your Accommodation

Hotel Saturnia

★★★★
Overview
The Saturnia & International is an exclusive family-run four-star hotel that enjoys a strategic position, nestled in the heart of Venice, a short walk away from St. Mark’s Square and La Fenice Theatre. Parts of the building date back to the 14th century, evoking a truly charming atmosphere and a unique Venetian style. 
The hotel also has its own restaurant, the Caravella, and a Bar.
 
Hotel Facilities & Amenities
  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Minibar