Explore the Work of Renowned Architects
DURATION: UP TO 3-HOURS
Upon arrival in Venice, via cruise ship or simply by Vaporetto from the Lido, passengers will marvel at a number of impressive pieces of architecture, standing as massive sentinels between water and sky.
With a knowledgeable English-speaking guide, you will survey the works of three major Venetian architects whose creations characterize the Venetian skyline.
The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore located on the island with the same name; designed by Andrea Palladio and demonstrating the harmonic proportions of the Renaissance.
Andrea Palladio’s architectural principles were inspired from direct examination of Roman ruins, from the works of Vitruvius and Alberti, and through interaction with contemporary architects. His unique style, known as Palladianism, was extremely popular throughout Europe and America during the 17th and 18th centuries, establishing Palladio as the most influential figure in the history of architecture.
The huge Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute, the most ambitious and innovative jewel of the Venetian Baroque; is a masterpiece by Baldassarre Longhena located along the Zattere, opposite to the Giudecca Island. Baldassare Longhena was a native Venetian who designed the church as a votive temple after the tremendous plague in 1630/1631. Construction took 54 years and the church boasts the biggest dome in Venice.
The 18th century Santa Maria dei Gesuati, by Giorgio Massari, whose elegance and balance betray an unmistakable "nostalgia" for Palladio and his famously elegant "Golden Time." Giorgio Massari derives his eclectic manner from both Palladio’s Classicism and Longhena’s Baroque style. He designed the Church of Gesuati, the biggest monastic complex of 18th century Venice, for the Dominicans.
To reach the different sites you will use the public “vaporetto” (waterbus). Weather permitting you may climb the St. Giorgio Maggiore Bell Tower to enjoy the incomparable view of the city and Lagoon. Inside the churches you will view the most important paintings: Tintoretto’s Last Supper in St. George, Luca Giordano’s works in la Salute Church, and Giambattista Tiepolo’s great ceiling paintings at the Gesuati Church.
This 3-hour tour includes:
- The Church of San Giorgio Maggiore
- Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute
- The Church of Gesuati
Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Your guide will pick you up from your Venice city-centre hotel. The tour will conclude at a point within the city-centre.
Includes: Private expert English-speaking guide for up to 3-hours.
Excludes: Guide Gratuity, Extra Hours, Entrance Fees, Vaporetto Fees.
- Modest attire is required – knees and shoulders must be covered.