- Get to know Venice from a local’s perspective.
- Tour one of the world’s best art private collections.
Enjoy a delightful breakfast at the hotel this morning as you will each day of the trip. Put on your walking shoes and bring your sense of humor, Venice has a reputation for being a bit touristy and today we’re joining the masses to experience the can’t miss sights with a charming local guide. We’ll begin at the famous St. Mark’s Square, the former political centre of the Venetian Republic, containing many famous and beautiful buildings. The star of the square is St Mark’s Basilica, a 900 year old church complete with golden Byzantine and Medieval mosaics and an alluring architectural blend of east meets west. Our guide will lead us through the back streets, skirting the crowds, and teach us about the history of this magical city, culminating in a walk across Rialto Bridge, the oldest crossing of the splendid Grand Canal.
After our tour we’ll have a little downtime to relax over lunch or do some solo wandering. In the mid-afternoon we’ll hop on a Vaporetto (water bus) together and make our way to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection: one the most important museums in Italy for European and American art of the 20th century, located in Peggy Guggenheim’s former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal. Ms. Guggenheim was a New York heiress, prominent art collector, and lover of the good life who spent the last 30 years of her life in Venice. Her collection is as one of a kind as she was and it will be a real treat to enjoy it on a private guided tour.
Let’s continue to explore the opulent good life on offer here in Venice with aperitivo on the terrace at the next-level-luxurious Hotel Danieli. Take in the magnificent view of the Venice Lagoon as you sip on a spritz, a bellini, or a simply perfect glass of prosecco. Then we have a very special dinner tonight at a tiny Venetian supper club of sorts, a favorite among locals, where the husband-wife chef-manager duo will welcome us as friends for a truly memorable dining experience.