WATER, ART, AND ARCHITECTURE
A DIP INTO MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART
AND THE ANCIENT SOULD OF VENETO
The cities of Veneto and Venice share an unusual history of traditional and contemporary Italian cultural exchange. In the heart of the ancient “Marca Trevigiana,” Villa Barbaro Maser, with its enchanting courtyard, is one of the great masterpieces of Andrea Palladio and UNESCO world heritage. In addition to hosting Paolo Veronese's main fresco works, it's part of a flourishing estate, whose historic vinery produces wines of first quality and welcomes visitors with tours and wine tastings.
The city of Treviso is surrounded by Medieval and Renaissance walls in a rambling maze of canals and streets. Inside, the Museo Bailo’s 15th century cloister is the core of an exceptional new architectural setting for 134 sculptures by the famed 20th century Italian sculptor Arturo Martini.
Carlo Scarpa, the most famous Venetian Architect of the “modern era,” renovated Museo Castelvecchio in 1964, resulting in a careful balance of old and new, that subtly reveals the history of the original building. In the heart of Venice, at Scarpa’s Querini Stampalia Foundation, with its unique combination of stone, glass and water, we will explore Palazzo Grassi. This estate is inextricably linked to in the magic of Venice: A contemporary art museum that overlooks the scenic Canal Grande, Punta della Dogana, a former customs house dating back to the 15th century. The structure was restored by Architect Tadao Ando and the renowned Guggenheim Collection in Palazzo Vernier dei Leoni.
We will conclude our tour with a visit to the Biennale. From the Napoleonic Gardens with its vast pavilions to the Arsenal with its majestic Corderie, this tour will provide an immersive experience of historical heritage and contemporary art. We will guide you through selected artisans' workshops, and behind the scenes to discover how some of the best-known traditional and contemporary handicrafts of Venice are created.