venice art tour
Take your students on a tour to discover the beauty of Venice where baroque palaces line the Grand Canal and cars are replaced by gondolas and vaporetti.
School Art Trip to Venice
Venice has a rich and turbulent history and many of its artists such as Tintoretto, Bellini, Bassano and Veronese were at the forefront of the Renaissance art world. Their works can be seen across the city in its museums and churches. Modern and contemporary art is also represented, most notably at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum but particularly so at the Venice Biennale festival which takes places every two years from April to November.
The itinerary featured here is intended to give you inspiration and an idea of what you could do on your tour. Your trip will be created individually by one of our travel advisors to match your requirements and budget.
Fly to Venice. Walking tour, Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Square & the Doge’s Palace
Fly to Venice: You will be met by your guide for a walking tour to explore the city’s narrow streets and hidden piazzas. You cross the famous white marble Rialto Bridge which spans the Grand Canal. The next stop is St. Mark’s Square where musical bands play and cafés spill onto the square. You explore the Basilica and the first-floor terraces where you can see the bronze horses which date from antiquity.
Doge’s Palace: One of the most famous buildings in Venice, the Doge was the ruler of Venice and the mighty Venetian Republic. Built in the Venetian gothic style the Palace is famous for its gilded ceilings and opulent apartments, decorated with works of art by Veronese, Titian, Bellini and Tintoretto.
Morning visit to the Accademia. Afternoon vaporetto trip to Murano, Torcello and Burano Islands
Galleria dell’Accademia: This morning you see a stunning collection of the great Venetian renaissance artists including Veneziano, Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and Tiepolo. Among the highlights are the works by Paolo Caliari, known as Veronese, including the monumental Feast in the House of Levi. Also of note are the collection of works depicting the Legend of St. Ursula by Vittore Carpaccio.
Murano & Burano: After lunch you travel by vaporetto to the island of Murano to visit one of the famous glass blowing factories. You continue to Torcello where you visit the seventh century Cathedral of Santa Maria Dell’Assunta to see the spectacular Byzantine mosaics. From here you will take the short journey by vaporetto to the Island of Burano. Many of the houses on Burano are painted in vivid primary colours and the island is famous as a centre for exquisite lace making.
Ca’ Pesaro Museum of Modern Art & Peggy Guggenheim Museum
Ca’ Pesaro Museum of Modern Art: You begin with a visit to the Ca’ Pesaro museum of modern art, set in a baroque marble palazzo facing the Grand Canal. The museum contains nineteenth and twentieth century paintings and sculptures by artists such as Rodin, Klimt, Chagall, Klee and Kandinsky. It also contains a section dedicated to Oriental art with a large collection of traditional Chinese and Japanese objects.
Peggy Guggenheim Museum: After lunch you visit the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. Like its namesake in New York, the Peggy Guggenheim is famous for contemporary modernist twentieth century art from North America and Europe. Peggy Guggenheim was a niece of Solomon Guggenheim who founded the iconic gallery in New York and who went down with the Titanic. She continued his support for the new wave artists in the fields of cubism, surrealism and abstract expressionism. There are works by artists including Paul Klee, Max Ernst, Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock and Morris Hirshfield. The collection is housed in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni which is beautifully located adjacent to the Grand Canal.
Palazzo Mocenigo and the Fortuny Museum
Palazzo Mocenigo: This morning you visit the Museo de Palazzo Mocenigo, a wonderful museum for those interested in the history of fashion. Containing a rich collection of textiles and costumes mainly focused on the eighteenth century, the museum records the history of fabrics, costumes and fashion for which the Venetians were famous.
Fortuny Museum: After time for lunch, you visit the Fortuny Museum, with collections of art from Mariano Fortuny. The collection focuses on paintings, light, photography, fabrics and clothes design. You will have time for shopping before travelling to the airport for your return flight back home.
Venetian artists of the sixteenth century had a major impact on European art of the Renaissance and their legacy is represented in museums and churches throughout the city. At the other end of the spectrum, the New York socialite Peggy Guggenheim made Venice her home in the late 1940’s and assembled a world class collection of modern art which is now on permanent display in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni.
We use a range of accommodation in Venice from 4-star properties to simple hostels. The most convenient location is on Venice Island which allows most major sights to be accessed by foot. We also use hotels on the Lido which is a good option in July when the beach provides a welcome diversion from the summer heat. This is only a small sample of our range, so for expert advice on accommodation to suit your group’s specific needs, speak to one of our Educational Travel Advisors.
The 3-star Hotel Tintoretto is our most popular hotel in Venice offering a combination of comfortable accommodation and great location at an affordable price. It is frequently fully booked so plan early if you want to use this property.Read More
The Generator Hostel is our most economical option. The hostel is located is in a former warehouse in which a vibrant and modern hostel has been created. There are extensive common areas with games and music. It offers both multi-bedded rooms and single rooms, all with private bathrooms.Read More
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