The Italy - Venice Untour
La Serenissima sends her siren call to lovers of water, art, and architecture. Explore the city’s landmarks, or lose yourself in the narrow pedestrian lanes and side canals that connect its most beautiful smaller churches and neighborhood squares. Tour the city’s palaces and museums, or hop a boat to the islands or the beach.
Stay in a charming neighborhood apartment.
Sights to see: Piazza San Marco, Rialto Bridge, the Accademia, Ca D'Oro, Palazzo Ducale, Murano & Burano islands, plus easy day trips by train!
WHAT TO DO ON YOUR VENICE VACATIONDay trips and Sightseeing: There are so many magnificent things to see in Venice: In Cannaregio, the north side of Venice: Madonna dei Miracoli and Madonna dell’Orto (Renaissance painter Tintoretto’s church). In the districts of San Polo and Santa Croce: the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, the Rialto Bridge and market. In the Dorsoduro, the East Bank of the Grand Canal: the Accademia and Guggenheim museums and Ca’ Ressonico (a canal-side palace with all the aristocratic accoutrements). In San Marco: the Piazza San Marco and its Basilica, the Palazzo Ducale and Couture Alley. In the Castello district: the Arsenale, the historic shipbuilding center of the city. On the lagoon islands: Murano, world-famous for its glass; car-free Burano for colorfully painted houses and exquisite lace; Torcello for sylvan quiet and the renowned Grand Canal. Farther away by rail are Padova, Vicenza, Treviso and Verona.
Off-the-beaten-track treasures that can’t be beat: “Enjoying a cappuccino, a warm almond brioche and early morning shopping at the bustling fish and vegetable markets. Or an exquisite evening of music by Vivaldi, surrounded on all sides by enormous paintings by Tintoretto. Visit the remote island of Torcello and its eleventh-century cathedral with a marvelous mosaic of the Last Judgment and a view from the bell-tower to die for. Afterward, enjoy a seafood lunch with spaghetti con vongole amid a festive Sunday crowd on the sunny garden patio of the Trono d’Attila trattoria. The thousand-year-old shipyard of the Arsenale, mentioned in Dante’s Inferno is still there, and the “secret itinerary” at the Doge’s Palace with its reminiscences of the Council of Ten and Casanova is another sight not to be missed. Hearing the deafening Easter-morning peal of the bells in San Marco’s Campanile, swinging only a few feet over your head is sure to make your trip complete.” (Ed Whitman, Venice Untour alumnus)
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS UNTOUR?
The Italy - Venice Untour Includes:
- One or two weeks in a personally selected private apartment in the heart of Venice.
- Suggestions for booking your international flight from the U.S. to Venice, or we can purchase tickets on your behalf. (Click for more information on Untours' air policies.)
- Transfer from the Venice airport or rail station to your new Untours home (set arrival times only), and transport back to the airport or rail station on your departure.
- A 7 or 14-day Vaporetto pass, good for unlimited rides on the water buses that ply Venice’s canals.
- A walk around town and orientation with our on-site staff person, to give you insider tips and start your trip on the right foot.
- Local information, plus our own Untouring Venice guidebook, researched and written by Untours staff, full of the best restaurants, sightseeing, and other suggestions.
- A local cultural activity, like a gondola workshop visit and lunch.
- Use of an Untours cell phone while on location.
- A stash of groceries upon your arrival, so you don’t need to shop right away.
- Pre-trip planning advice from our staff, available by phone or email right up until you leave.
- Ongoing support with our local representative. Help available when you need it.
Here's what our customers say about how much there is to do in Venice:"Venice is such an easy city to visit. There are many sight-seeing spots of interest, but yet also seems to be a more relaxed pace." Bob and Lynn Browning
"The apartment suited our needs very well. Location is particularly good. A fair amount of noise from the street and two cafes below, but that's Venice. We came to see and experience Venice, not shut it out." Tom Greaves
"We were SO glad we weren't in a tour group. after observing them in various places. Truly appreciated being on our own, and getting lost was part of the charm of Venice...The walking orientation was very helpful, Denny was an encyclopedia of information and we enjoyed the concert as well. Thank you for the great experiences! We'll be in touch for more." John & Nancy Hamilton
"I liked the quality of accommodations, the price, the vaporetto passes, Denny’s orientation walk and planned concert, the full fridge on arrival and help getting into and out of Venice." Carolyn Ruis
"We loved just being in Venice for 2 weeks with no set agenda and walking and riding boats day after day as we explored, relaxed and ate gelato! ... We loved our location in an ordinary neighborhood, enjoyed watching and listening to the everyday activities. We were living like ordinary people in Venice which is what we wanted." Betsy Mahoney
Find your perfect Venice tour and your perfect vacation rental, in one package - on one of our unforgettable Venice Untours!