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5 Day of Hidden Venice - Art, Artisans, Food, and Wine Vacation in Veneto

Venice, Italy

Art and Culinary Holiday in Venice

You are invited to this special program to discover the hidden Venice, as well as the masterpieces of art and the culinary tradition. Whether it is your first time in Venice or if you have been there before, Venice will surprise you, there is so much to see and learn! This program will give you an in-depth, personalized insight to Venice, you will explore those quaint and charming corners of the city that only Venetians know, you will discover the most ancient Venetians traditions: the precious Weaving Tradition, the Murano glasses, just to name a few.

Highlights

  • Visit to Venetian artisans and secret gardens
  • 2 private cooking classes and visits to the food markets
  • Enjoy a private Bacari tour for an authentic Venetian wine and food experience
  • 4 nights accommodation in a boutique hotel on Grand Canal
  • Visit to Costumes and Perfume Museum
  • Breakfast included at the hotels
  • Private transfer by luxury boat

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5 days with instruction
Group size: 2-6 participants
Airport transfer included: Venice Marco Polo Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Throughout the tour, you will stay in Venice at the four-star Boutique Hotel on Grand Canal, far from crowd.

Program

Day 1: Venice and Bacari tour

Arrival in Venice, a private transfer by water taxi will be arranged to your “Palazzo“ on the Grand Canal. In the late afternoon, you meet Stendhal Tours' expert guide for a Bacari tour. She will introduce you to the hidden Venice by this food and wine experience. The Bacari, the local down-to-earth version of wine bars, serve tapas like “cicheti”, traditionally washed down with a glass of wine, and Venetians stop to snack and socialize before and after meals. They are called “Bacari” in honor of Bacchus, the God of Wine. Wandering from place to place, you shall learn more about the people of the old Venice and the lifestyle of a community of pedestrians!

Day 2: Market visit, cooking class, and Venice masterpieces

Meet your guide at the hotel for the visit of the food market, then you will go to the cooking school located in a historic palace in the heart of the historic center, few steps from St Mark's square. Menus are based on the basic principles of both Venetian and Italian Food - simplicity, freshness, tradition, and excellent raw material. You will prepare all the dishes of the seasonal menu, and you will interact with the cook about different aspects of the local cuisine.

In the afternoon, your guide will lead you through the Venice masterpieces: St. Mark’s Square, the former political center of the Venetian Republic, and of the nine century-old Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica, a stunning church for anyone in Venice. Inside, you will admire its stunning decoration of ancient marbles and shimmering golden mosaics. Then you will take a walk through the back streets to discover the urban setting of the city: bridges, small and large canals, small squares, brick pavings, and carved well-heads, up to the busy central area of Rialto.

Day 3: Market visit, cooking class, Venetian artisans, Costumes and Perfume Museum

This morning, you will visit together with your guide the fish market, definitely the best in terms of variety and freshness. Then your guide will take you to the cooking school where the chef will show you how to prepare the fish of the day, according to the season, freshness and availability at the market. You will interact with him and see how fish is cleaned, which are the features of the Lagoon or Mediterranean seafood, the best way to enhance the natural flavors of the ingredients.

In the afternoon, your guide will introduce you to some of the most interesting workshops such as an ancient weaving, where skillful hands expertly weave precious velvets, sophisticated silk and jacquard fabrics on ancient looms, even for leading designers, a specialized graphic design shop that uses different printing techniques to create fully customizable pieces, expert glass-makers, known as Maestri Vetrai who create masterpieces for renowned contemporary artists, an artisan workshop producing leather goods and marmorata paper gifts with traditional methods and materials, an artisan producing textiles homegoods weaving traditional skills with fresh, contemporary design.

Your tour continues with the visit of the Costumes and Perfume Museum. The Palace on Grand Canal houses a vast collection of ancient fabrics and clothes belonging to the Venice Civic Museums, that evoke the different aspects of the life and activities of a Venetian nobleman between the 17th and 18th century, and on display are mannequins wearing valuable ancient garments and accessories that belong to the Museum’s Study Centre.

In the five rooms that are dedicated to perfume, a video illustrates the role of Venice in the history of perfume, a room evokes the lab of a perfumer of the 16th century (muschiere). Raw materials and processes are displayed and illustrated, while an olfactory map describes the “Streets of Spices” crossed by the ancient Venetians. The tour ends with the opportunity to experience, through some olfactory stations the “fragrance families” from which come all the fragrances.

Day 4: Venice Ghetto and Secret Gardens

Today, you will have a guided walking tour throughout the Jewish Ghetto (one of the oldest Jewish Ghetto in the world) and walking through narrow streets and small squares (called “Campo”), crossing small bridges you will have also the opportunity to visit one of the Venice’s secret gardens. Venice has more than 500 gardens, many of these gardens are invisible as they are hidden behind the facades and walls of the palazzos and can only be visited on request.

Day 5

Pickup and private transfer by water taxi to Venice airport or train station.

Included excursions

  • Private guided visits of Venetian Secret Gardens, Costumes and Perfume Museum
  • Artisans workshop
  • Enjoy local cuisine and wines with two private hands-on cooking classes
  • Private Bacari tour

Location

The tour will take place in Venice. Venice is known the world over for its unique system of canals and its history as an important maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. During the Renaissance its wealth and power allowed the city to become one of the most important artistic and cultural capitals of Italy.

Today, one can still feel the pride which the Venetians feel about their past. Their culinary tradition is also very rich. Venice finds itself in a fortunate position between the mainland and the sea, with both Northern Italian and foreign influences. Rice, which was introduced by the Arabs, became an important staple of the Venetian diet. The abundance of fish available at the local markets every morning is the base ingredient for many seasonal dishes found only in this area such as seppie col nero (cuttlefish in their ink), sardelle in soar (sardines in onion marinade), caparossoli in cassopipa (clams with parsley) and soft-shell crabs.

Food

All breakfasts are included. Also included are lunch during the two cooking classes, Tapas-like snacks and wine during the Bacari tour.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Excursion by private boat to Murano, Burano and Torcello islands

What's included

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • 2 hands-on cooking classes and lunches (drinks included)
  • Private guided visits as per program
  • Guided “Bacari tour” (food and drinks not included)
  • Reservation and tickets for San Marco Basilica, Doge’s Palace, and Perfume museum
  • Transfers from and to Venice International Airport (VCE)
  • Trip planning
  • Support during your trip available any time

What's not included

  • City tax
  • Insurance
  • International flights
  • All not in the "what's included" section

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE). Transfers from and to this airport are included. Stendhal Tours will pick you up at the airport.

Airport: Venice Marco Polo Airport Airport transfer included: Venice Marco Polo Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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