Venice, that timeless romantic city of intrigue is a wonderful complement to Croatia, Istria, and Slovenia. With an international airport, Venice may be an ideal place to start or finish your journey to the Adriatic region. Our clients love wandering over the little bridges and narrow canals, past marble palaces, seeing the Bridge of Sighs, in Casanova’s city.
And this year is a Biennale year, the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. 2019 theme is “May you Live in Interesting Times”. There will be riveting art exhibits from May 11 – November 24, by artists who challenge existing habits of thought to open up our readings of objects and images, gestures and situations. Their creations invite us to consider unfamiliar vantage points and multiple alternatives. Whether you enter into the exhibits or merely gaze upon the art installations temporarily erected around the isled city, you are sure to know you have experienced “Biennale”!
When visiting Venice, don’t miss the incomparable views from the rooftop of Fondaco di Tedeschi. Located near the 16th Century Rialto bridge, originally built in 1228, it is a silent witness to the Venetian merchant era. It was used as a trading post for German merchants, a customs house under Napoleon, and a post office under Mussolini. Now converted into designer boutiques and restaurant, it offers free access to its rooftop for 360-degree views over Venice and the islands, overlooking the Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge and the many domes, steeples, and waterways.
A visit to Murano, to observe the art of glass blowing is a highlight of Venice as well. The Murano glass blowing industry came into being in 1291 when, due to the growing threat of fires in the city, the Venetian Serenissimo Republic decreed that all glass factories be transferred to the nearby island of Murano. The beautiful and fascinating history of glass is on display from the filigree, reticielli and murrine styles developed in the 15th and 16th centuries, to exuberant Baroque, Neo-classical and 19th Century revivals, and now contemporary new motifs. Fortunately, they ship all over the world, so you need not carry this breakable art on your journey.
We have special boutique hotels, fantastic hidden restaurant gems, and the best of the best guides, and some local experiences to ensure your unforgettable time in Venice – can you say mask making skills, perfumeries, delicious bites, Bellinis or Spritz Veneziano, glass blowing, mind-blowing Venice!!