Venice and Florence Art and Design

5 days /4 nights

From only £249pp

Overview

5 days /4 nights From only £249pp

Discover the hidden treasures of Italy’s two most beautiful cities. Venice and Florence have been relatively untouched by modern intrusions and therefore

this tour offers a unique exploration of the most complete and finest examples of art and architecture from the Renaissance period.

What's included in the trip?

  • Return scheduled flights
  • Transfer from Venice to Florence
  • Accommodation on a B&B basis
  • Multi-bedded rooms for students
  • Single/twin rooms for leaders
  • Free itinerary planning and visits booking service
  • Comprehensive travel pack
  • 1:15 leader place ratio

Sample itinerary

  • Day 1

    Flight to Venice. Arrive in Venice. Transfer to your accommodation. 

  • Day 2

    Visit to Palazzo Ducale dell’Accademia and St Mark’s Basilica and Campanile

  • Day 3

    Visit to Peggy Guggenheim Collection and travel to Florence

  • Day 4

    The Uffizi –Italy’s most important museum and Accademia Gallery

  • Day 5

    The museums of the Pritti Palace. Departure to UK

Accommodation

Enhance your trip

  • This unpretentious lodging is a 3-minute walk from a ferry stop and 2.3 km from both Piazza San Marco and St. Mark’s Basilica. Featuring free Wi-Fi, simple, subdued rooms with framed artwork have TVs, desks and/or tables and chairs, plus en suite bathrooms. Family rooms that sleep up to 4 are offered. 
  • Hotel Donatello is in a quiet residential area, 10 minutes’ walk from Florence Santa Maria Novella Train Station. Rooms feature air conditioning and a TV.   The Donatello Hotel is a 20-minute stroll from Florence’s main historic sites including the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio. The Fortezza da Basso Exhibition Centre is just 550 yards away. Rooms are decorated in a distinctive Florentine style and some have frescoed ceilings, all feature marble bathrooms. They are equipped with internet access and a hairdryer.
  • One of Venice’s most prestigious galleries is Accademia which houses a superb collection of art work which heavily influenced European painting. Its location includes part of the Monastery of Canonici Lateranensi built by Andrea Palladio.
  • The Dodge’s Palace once served as the state’s political core and this Palace combines an Eastern feel with Gothic architecture and artwork including a replica of the statue of Doge Francesco Foscari and the lion (1438-42).
  • Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is arguably one of Venice’s most important art houses and church which is covered in gothic illustration. Lots of Titian’s work can be found here and it is believed that Titian was buried here at the second bay. The Church boasts the city’s second largest Bell tower.
  • Amongst the lagoons lie Torcello and Murano. Torcello was the first inhabited island and marked the beginning of Venice. In 1291 through the fear of fire all glass furnaces were transported to Murano and emphasised the popularity of this island.
  • Built as early as 1478, this incredible building now houses priceless collections of paintings from a variety of artists across the globe. A trip to Venice without gazing upon these pieces would be incomplete!
  • An internationally recognised icon of Venice, the architecture of the Ducale Palace dates back as far as the 14th century. For almost 90 years the Palace has been attracting visitors from far and wide as one of Italy’s main Museums.
  • Carmini is the last surviving Grand School in Venice, making it an extremely significant historical institution. Founded in the late 15th century, the School has been functioning for well over 500 years.
  • Vecchio Palace is Venice’s Town Hall and with its Bell Tower and façade similar to that of a fortress, it has become a very famous landmark of the city.
  • Michelangelo designed the historical Laurentian Library in the early 16th century. Containing almost 11,000 manuscripts this library is an extremely significant part of Venice and Italy’s history.
  • Filled with an abundance of treasured artwork the Santa Maria Nouvella is certainly a sight to behold. The unique and original architecture of its exterior is equalled in beauty to the priceless collections inside!