A day of art and elegance of two cities, close geographically but separate in history and culture.
- Our guide will meet you at your hotel.
- We will get to know the Riviera del Brenta
- Visit to Vicenza and Padua
- Evening arrival in Venice
Departing from your hotel, we head towards Verona crossing the last stretch of the Po Valley that ends in the Adriatic Sea just south of Venice. Our first stop is Vicenza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. This city is inextricably linked is to the work of the Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio, its palaces, villas and squares, all architectural jewels, showcase his talent.
Located at the foot of the Berici Hills, Vicenza is one of Italy’s richest cities due to its important textile and electronic industries and goldsmith’s craftsmanship. From Piazza Castello we take Corso Palladio and Contra Vescovado, the two streets along which we will discover Palladio’s most beautiful palaces and monuments, ending up at the spectacular Olympic Theatre. Villa Capra, known as La Rotonda, Villa Valmarana and Villa Thiene and others scattered between Vicenza and Venice, are all worth a visit. Free time for lunch and a stroll before setting off again in the afternoon
Just 20 kms away is a city with a different aspect to Vicenza, Padua. This city is totally tied to Venice. Padua is nicknamed the city of the three “without”, the café without doors, the field without grass, the saint without a name. Caffe Pedrocchi, a Paduan institution never closed its doors from the day it opened in 1839 until 1916. Piazza Prato della Valle (field of the valley square) was without grass until the early 1900s but now has with a beautiful green island with 88 statues surround by a canal.
The patron saint of the city St Anthony of Padua is so famous; he is simply called the Saint. Padua, founded by the Greek hero Antenor, is a city rich in artistic treasures. Among them one of the world’s absolute masterpieces, the Scrovegni Chapel painted Giotto in 1305, and another UNESCO World Heritage site Padua’s Botanical Gardens created in 1545. Padua also hosts one of the oldest and most famous universities in the world, where Galileo Galilei taught and worked. Padua’s three main squares, Piazza dei Signori, Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza della Frutta are the life of the city, full of colourful products by day and the social centre at night. Not to be missed, is a visit to the Palazzo della Regione, the former Palace of Justice, one of the largest markets in Italy.
In the late afternoon, arrival in Venice and transport to your hotel.
- Tour guide all day.
- The guided visits
- All transfers
What’s not included:
- Anything not explictly specified
- Personal expenses