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Venice: Traveling Opera in a Historic Palace on Grand Canal

1. Venice: Traveling Opera in a Historic Palace on Grand Canal

Experience Italian Opera in one of the most important Venetian-Gothic style palaces in Venice, Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto. Within this historical venue, an innovative approach to opera has been conceived, with a formula that focuses on the interaction between the singers, the musicians, and the audience. This gives spectators the feeling of living Opera ‘from the inside’. This sensation is amplified by the clever 360-degree use of the ‘stage’ and by having the guests move through 3 different rooms within the Palazzo, one for each act of the show. The whole setting changes, not just the background. Reviving a tradition dating back to the late 1800s, this reimagining is brought to life by some of the finest lyrical voices, accompanied by a talented small group of strings and a piano: a virtuoso ensemble who performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world. Opera offered: • La Traviata - Melodrama in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi (Mon - Tue - Thu - Sat) • Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Light-hearted melodrama in two acts by Gioachino Rossini (Wed - Sun) • Rigoletto - Intense drama about love and vengeance by Giuseppe Verdi (Fri)

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Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

2. Venice: Venetian Lagoon Tour and Galleon Dinner

Don't miss the chance to live a unique and unforgettable experience, framed by the timeless beauty and serenity of the enchanting city of Venice. The Venetian Galleon will wait for you in front of the Museo Storico Navale in Venice and, once on board, the crew will lead you to your reserved table to offer you a delicious welcome drink. The candlelight, the elegant tables, a fine and well-finished service, and the charm of a boat of other times will be the perfect setting of your wonderful evening out, for an unforgettable dinner immersed in the magic of the Venetian Lagoon. At dusk, the Galleon will slowly leave shore and head into the northern lagoon, with its mysterious canals, while the minor islands such as Sant’Erasmo and San Francesco del Deserto reveal themselves to you one after another. During dinner, you will taste a variety of delightful specialties prepared by the chef on board while you sail towards the Venetian Arsenal and then past the islands of Vignole, Mazzorbo and Murano, known worldwide for its glasswork masterpieces. You will then circumnavigate Burano, famous for its picturesque, colorful houses and the Leaning Bell Tower. Then sail back to the San Marco basin and past the island of San Giorgio, where you can admire the lights reflecting on the water. Afterwards, the Galleon will head on to Venice and the cruise through the Grand Canal will offer you a spectacular view of the San Marco basin and its ancient palaces and prestigious hotels. Once arrived at the landing place in front of the Naval Museum, you will disembark and, with a last glimpse of Venice, the Galleon will sail slowly away. You can select one of the two following options: The Central Deck has panoramic windows and during the tour the guests will enjoy a fantastic view of the Venetian Lagoon. The Bow offers a more intimate atmosphere, as there are only two small portholes and there is no view; the Poop Deck has small windows. In both areas, the tables are for 4 persons, and depending on the availability, couples might be seated at one shared table (however, the tables are big enough to guarantee each couple privacy).

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Venice: Murano and Burano Excursion

3. Venice: Murano and Burano Excursion

Meet your local guide in a central location near Piazza San Marco and board a private boat to learn more about the Venetian lagoon and its islands. Stop on the characteristic island of Murano, and visit the 7th-century Church of Santa Maria e San Donato. Stroll through the silent streets for about 15 minutes to arrive at an old glass factory where the glass blowers are still working. Benefit for some free time to shop or explore the rest of the island. Then, travel by private boat to the nearby island of Burano. Upon arrival, take in the colorful houses of one of the most enchanting parts of Venice. Lose yourself in the picturesque streets and discover lovely corners. You will have free time to enjoy lunch on this tour. Return to the main island of Venice for a glass of sparkling Prosecco at the end of your tour services.

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Venice: 2.5-Hour Street Food Tour with a Local Guide

4. Venice: 2.5-Hour Street Food Tour with a Local Guide

Eat your way around Venice on a 2.5-hour tasting tour of some of the city's eateries, and get views of the historical monuments and attractions along the way. Begin in the San Marco district and stroll to the Rialto Bridge over the Grand Canal. Visit Rialto Market and marvel at the colorful fruit and vegetable stalls. Experience everyday life in the city as the locals come to purchase fresh fish and other ingredients. Next, go to Campo San Polo and enter the Basilica dei Frari. Pass the square of Campo San Bartolomeo, where the locals like to gather. Along the way, taste a wide range of food specialties, from regional cheeses to buranelli biscuits and traditional cakes. Sample some sweet tiramisù in the city where it was invented, and experience the unique culture of cicchetti, the tapas-like snacks loved by Venetians served in typically cozy bàcari (bars). End on the Campo Santa Margherita in the historical sestiere (district) of Dorsoduro near the university.  

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Private Water Taxi between Venice Airport and Venice

5. Private Water Taxi between Venice Airport and Venice

Simply sit back and enjoy the scenery as you cruise across the water to your hotel or to the airport in a comfortable motorboat. This safe and reliable private transfer service will save you valuable time. The one-way service by private water taxi is available for 1-6 guests with 8 pieces of luggage.  The water taxi takes you directly to your hotel if it has its own water entrance. For hotels with no private water entrance, you’ll be dropped off at the closest pier.  With the meet and greet service (standard service), a representative will meet you at the arrival hall and help you find your way to the water taxi. The porterage service is included. Or choose the full service (premium service), the representative will meet you at the arrival hall and will come with you to your hotel helping you with the check-in procedures. Both services are available for the arrivals and the departures from and to the Marco Polo Airport.

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Venice: Food and Wine Tour with Cicchetti Tasting

6. Venice: Food and Wine Tour with Cicchetti Tasting

Eat and drink your way around Venice on a food and wine tasting tour with a local guide. Visit some of the city's favorite eateries and wine bars, sample tapas-like "Cicchetti", and learn about Venetian culinary culture. Taste a wide range of food specialties, from regional cheeses to buranelli biscuits to traditional cakes. Pair your food samples with traditional drinks and Italian wines. Sample tiramisù in the city where it was invented, and experience the unique culture of “Cicchetti”, the tapas-like snacks loved by Venetians served in cozy and charming “bàcari” (bars). Discover old taverns and quaint locales where locals gather and eat. Explore quaint alleys, historic streets, and colorful markets and view historical monuments and attractions along the way.

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Venice: Prosecco Wine Tasting Tour

7. Venice: Prosecco Wine Tasting Tour

Discover the origins and history of the most famous sparkling Italian wine, Prosecco, on this full-day tour. Meet your wine expert guide in Piazzale Roma, close to the historical center of Venice, and enjoy the drive towards region where prosecco is produced in a comfortable van. During your trip, you will pass by the original region of prosecco, Conegliano Valdobbiadene, a complex of small towns and expanses of vineyards. Visit 2 traditional wineries to learn all the secrets of Prosecco production and have 2 wine tasting sessions. First, stop at a family-run winery for a guided tour of the vineyards. Enjoy a tasting session paired with a light lunch with local products like cheese, salami, bread, and seasonal vegetables. After lunch with a view, head to the second winery to meet the winemaker for a guided tour of the production. Learn more about the Charmat method and a second wine tasting session. At the end of this trip to the magical world of Prosecco land, return to the starting point.

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Venice: 3-Hour Cabaret Dinner Show

8. Venice: 3-Hour Cabaret Dinner Show

Do something different in Venice and attend an elegant cabaret dinner show at a unique theater restaurant close to the city center. Get a welcome cocktail in the foyer on arrival, and then listen to the soothing sounds of a classical pianist as you are served a selection of soft and alcoholic drinks to set the scene. Nibble on delicious titbits, prepared by the chef, and soak up the refined surroundings. Move to the amazing Theatre Hall and get comfortable as you are served a gala dinner of a starter, first and second course, and dessert with coffee. Watch the spectacular Grand Show Magic unfold and admire the Baroque details of the venue. Be charmed by the artistry of the performers during a variety show that features talented showmen, singers, dancers, acrobats and more. Marvel at the colorful costumes and be dazzled by the lights of the stage set.

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Venice: Rialto Market Tour, Hands-On Cooking Class & Lunch

9. Venice: Rialto Market Tour, Hands-On Cooking Class & Lunch

Experience one of the most vibrant sites in Venice on a tour of Rialto Market with a friendly chef. Select seasonal ingredients to prepare and cook an authentic Italian meal. Learn the history of the market and the story of the food produce before going to a typical Venetian home for a hands-on cooking class. Prepare a starter, main dish (with homemade pasta) and a dessert to enjoy at the end of your class. Enjoy a glass of wine while you prepare your delicious recipes. Then end your class with a lovely lunch and enjoy the fruits of your hard work, served with plenty of wine of course.

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Venice: Dinner & Concert

10. Venice: Dinner & Concert

Enjoy a romantic dinner in one of Venice's most famous restaurants a few steps away from St. Mark's Square. Afterward, take in an exquisite concert of classical music in The Church of San Vidal. Choose between either a 2 or 3-course meal, including wine, water, coffee and dessert (see options). After dinner, enter the Church of San Vidal. The church provides the perfect baroque atmosphere for your concert. Hear the works of Venetian masters such as Vivaldi, Albinoni, and Marcello. A la Carte Menu: Hors d’oeuvre Italian Cold Cuts Fresh Tomato with Mozzarella and Fresh Basil Double Fish Hors d’oeuvre (Fried and Marinated Sardines with Onions and Marinated Salmon) Octopus salad First Course Ricotta Cheese & Spinach Ravioli with Butter and Sage Sauce Risotto with Seafood Lasagne Bolognese-style Second course Filet of Seabass with Pink Pepper and Dill sauce and Seasonal Vegetables Steak with Peas Cuttlefish with Polenta Grilled Vegetables and “Dobbiaco” Cheese Dessert Tiramisù Homemade Ice Cream Panna Cotta

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What people are saying about Veneto

Lively production of comic opera made accessible to kids, those not familiar w/opera or traveling format. Italian speakers had advantage of understanding libretto & I envied them but reading synopsis beforehand aided in refamiliarizing myself w/gist of the plot. My only criticism & it’s big one: practically entire production delivered in the dark. Candlelight not enough to illuminate the players & completely detracted from what could have been superb experience. As performer myself I felt what a shame it was they were working so hard, only for many character interactions, facial expressions, business with props etc was totally lost. They may as well have done staged reading in modern dress & not bothered w/makeup costumes wigs corsets etc. Thoroughly enjoyed performances, voices well matched, characters fleshed out as much as one can in farce! If in Venice longer would return for other operas, only well lit ones.

Carolyn was super nice and had lots of great stories to share. The food we made was delicious and she was even kind enough to print off the recipes and send them over to us after the class! Great experience!

Lot of fun and a nice intro to Venice. A relaxed walking tour that takes you a little off the beaten track.

The cooking class was really an amazing experience, my partner and me definitely recommend it!

Very intimate and perfect way to introduce our children to opera.