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Venice: craftsmanship at its FINEST
Designed by Matteo Gabrielli
Venice is one of the world’s most iconic places: who hasn’t marvelled at images of its islands, palaces, canals, churches and gondolas? Behind the scenes craftsmen have been working for centuries to make it all possible. Walls, floors, domes, boats, and accessories – all made in Venice. Centuries-old traditions still thrive in the narrow alleys and young professionals build on those same traditions to spread the city’s beauty of Venice throughout the world with their new creations. Enter the magical world of the workshops and meet some truly unique artisans.
DAY BY DAY
DAY 1 – Friday
Arrive at Santa Lucia train station where our expert guide will meet you. Transfer by private boat to Domus Orsoni.
Check-in and dinner.
DAY 2 – Saturday
Breakfast and visit a Furnace to learn about the ancient art of mosaic making. Follow the guide through the narrow roads of Cannaregio to meet the artisan behind the most famous foundry in Venice. Continue along the canal to learn about the city’s unique gold leaf.
After lunch, head towards Piazza San Marco and discover the most important mask making workshop in Venice. A chance to admire the intricate work of the master craftsman who makes the finest masks and costumes for the Carnival.
The guide will leave you in Piazza San Mark to enjoy an aperitivo before sunset.
Enjoy some free time.
DAY 3 – Boats
After breakfast take a private boat trip up the Canal Grande to one of the workshops where they still draw on a centuries-old tradition of boat making to restore gondolas. Then follow the guide to visit the workshop of a remer – a unique figure in the Venetian tradition – to witness the crafting the finest rowlocks and oars.
Farewell lunch and walk back to the hotel for a private transfer to the city station.
Price on request
Expert Guide & Private Boat
3 Days / 2 Nights
Our trips can be fully customized in line with your interests, needs and wishes.
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Matteo has a BA in Cultural Heritage Management and an MA in Archeology, both at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. His main fields of specialization are Medieval Archaeology and Islamic Archaeology. The time he spent studying and working abroad gave him the chance to enhance my knowledge of the English and Spanish languages, and also to learn the basics of Arabic. He is an expert guide in Venice. His favourite topic is the long-standing link between Venice and the Orient. From the majesty of St. Mark’s Basilica to the shape of the Doge‘s hat, from the curves of Byzantine arches to the taste of sarde in saor (Venetian sardines), the influence of eastern culture – first Byzantine, then Arabic and Turkish – pervades the alleys and squares of this city.