While researching city tours in Venice to suggest to our clients, we came across Walks Inside Italy, which offers a tantalizing selection of city tours, and well worth investigating further! As well as more general introductory tours for new visitors to the city, we were particularly interested in their small group art and history themed tours in Venice, Florence and Rome.
Venice, in particular, offers an amazing selection of walking tours focusing on history, art and photography, ranging from visits with art experts to the Accademia, or the Ca’Rezzonico, or the Ca’Pesaro and Fortuny Museum, to the fascinating sounding ‘Titian and Tintoretto: A Tale of Passion and Power’. This latter tour involves learning about the lives of these two great painters, colleagues and rivals in Renaissance Venice, while walking the streets of San Marco, Cannaregio and San Polo. You will end up at Tintoretto’s home, and also enter the Madonna dell’ Orto Church, where he is buried.
There is also a tour to the Guggenheim Museum and the Schulhof Collection, a twilight photography trip on the Venice lagoon, and another which will take in the Palazzo Grassi and the Contemporary Art Museum, the Pinault, which was opened in 2009 at the Punta della Dogana. The collection here is currently dedicated to English artist Damien Hirst. It is possible to do a half day or full day tour to The 57th International Art Exhibition organized by La Biennale di Venezia. Prices tend to be around €270 (in total for up to 6 people) for a 3 hour morning or afternoon tour and €360 for the Biennale (720 for the full day).
In Florence and Rome, there are also plenty of tempting options for both first time visitors, and for those who want to explore an aspect of the city in more depth. In Florence, as well as art and history focused tours, there is also a full day trip to explore the vineyards of Chianti, including wine tasting. For food enthusiasts, there is also one called Wine and Food Delights which visits the San Lorenzo Market and local speciality stores – perfect for those wanting to cater in an apartment in Florence! In Rome, there is also a gourmet tour called ‘What do Romans Eat?’ which takes visitors on a discovery to discover the food and wine culture of the Romans in the 21st Century.
If you are planning a visit to any of these three wonderful cities, look no further than this inspirational website, just full of ideas to help you enjoy your stay!
Recent additions to our apartment programme – where you might like to stay:
A selection of 9 luxurious apartments in a Palazzo, with garden, in the San Polo district. 1 – 3 bedrooms/ 2 – 6 people.
Stunning apartment on the top floor of a Palazzo with views over the Arno, and a roof terrace. 3 bedrooms/ 6 – 8 people
A spacious apartment on the third floor of a beautiful 19th century building, on the corner of a street with ten large windows providing stunning views out over the Colosseum and Fori Imperiali’. 5 bedrooms/ 10 people