Art & Design Trips to Venice
Venice is a unique and precious repository of art. Artists of the highest calibre have left their mark all over the city and works by Venice’s grand masters Titian, Tintoretto, Canaletto and Tiepolo can still be viewed in situ today. Venice also has a contemporary art scene that lives up to its glorious art history. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection of 20th-century masters has long been the city’s third most visited attraction, while the Punta della Dogana, which opened in 2009, brought works by contemporary giants including Dan Flavin and Jeff Koons to the city. Add to this the tradition and spectacle of the Venice Carnival masks and Murano glass and there is much to inspire your art and design students on a tour to this remarkable city.
Curriculum Topics Key Stage 4 & 5
- Art, Craft and Design
- Graphic Communication
- Textile Design
- Three Dimensional Design
Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.
|1||Depart UK airport for flight to Venice||Transfer to your accommodation followed by a Guided Tour of Venice||Evening meal|
|2||Visit the Peggy Guggenheim||Visit to Ca’Pesaro Gallery||Evening meal in a local restaurant|
|3||Visit to Galleria d’Academia||Island Cruise to Murano and Burano||Evening Meal|
|4||Visit to Carnival Masks Workshop||Transfer to airport for return flight||Arrive in the UK|
|Morning||Depart UK airport for flight to Venice|
|Afternoon||Transfer to your accommodation followed by a Guided Tour of Venice|
|Morning||Visit the Peggy Guggenheim|
|Afternoon||Visit to Ca’Pesaro Gallery|
|Evening||Evening meal in a local restaurant|
|Morning||Visit to Galleria d’Academia|
|Afternoon||Island Cruise to Murano and Burano|
|Morning||Visit to Carnival Masks Workshop|
|Afternoon||Transfer to airport for return flight|
|Evening||Arrive in the UK|
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- 3 nights B&B accommodation
- Return airport transfers
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Reasons to Visit
This monumental art gallery contains the world’s most complete 13th- to 18th- Century art collections. These include masterpieces by the Venetian greats of the Renaissance period such as Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and more. These masterful Venetian artists not only shaped the history of Venice art, but European art.
Ca' Pesaro - International Gallery of Modern Art
The core of the collection is made up of award-winning works exhibited or purchased at the Venice Biennale in the early decades of 20th century. Along the itinerary are displayed important 19th and 20th century paintings and sculptures, including masterpieces by Klimt, Chagall, Kandinsky, as well as a rich selection of works by Italian artists and an important section of graphic art.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection is the most important museum in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century. It contains works from the most famous European and American modern artists including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Jackson Pollock, and Alexander Calder, and her husband’s artwork, Max Ernst. It is located in Peggy Guggenheim's former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal in Venice.
Ca d’Oro (Franchetti Gallery)
The Ca' d'Oro is one of the most famous civilian buildings of Venice. It was built for the Procuratore Marino Contarini, with gothic forms, between 1422 and 1440, by Lombard hands, headed by Matteo Raverti, and by Venetian stone-cutters, directed by Giovanni and Bartolomeo Bon. The last owner of the palace was, after different vicissitudes, the musician and collector Giorgio Franchetti, who financed its restoration (1916) and finally gave it to the State, together with its rich collection, that still is the core of the museum. The museum was reorganised between 1980 and 1984, and houses a wonderful art collection, composed by paintings of Venetian, Tuscan and Flemish school, splendid bronzes, renaissance sculptures and an interesting ceramic collection.
Murano Glass Museum
Visit this magnificent glass museum. The museum is within Palazzo Giustiniani and houses various collections of glass works describing the history of glass making in Venice. There is an archaeological collection and a modern glass section.
Merletti School (Burano)
The 14th-century Palazzo Rodotà houses a collection of laces from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, realized on the island, whose tradition in lace making dates back to the 15th century.
Carnival Masks Workshop
Masks have been hand crafted in Venice by artisans for 800 years. Visit one of the oldest workshops in the city where masks are still made according to Venice’s authentic craftsmanship tradition. Here you will see how masks are created in their free, innovative interpretation of the world-renowned skills that ‘mascareri’ have passed on generation after generation.
The working environment of Mariano Fortuny is represented through precious wall-hangings, paintings, and his famous lamps. Fortuny mingled art deco and art nouveau which is wondrously apparent throughout. Visitors will enjoy gorgeous ornaments, objects, fabrics, furniture and clothing, all Fortuny originals.
Guided Tour of Venice
A guided tour of Venice on foot will offer the opportunity to see the main attractions around the area of St Mark’s Square. This will include St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. An experienced guide will give information on the history of the city and will be able to answer any questions you have on the city.
Venice Ghost Walk
Take an enchanting route full of surprises as you hear intriguing ghost stories and legends of Venice. See a different side of Venice as you explore this mysterious city after sunset. Walking tours last 90 minutes and take place from Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm.
Gardaland is the biggest amusement park in Italy and one of the largest in the whole of Europe. Unique attractions lead the visitors in search of faraway worlds like the mysterious Valley of the Kings, Merlin’s Castle, the Medieval Joust, the Pirate’s Galleon or the fantastic journey on board rubber dinghies amidst oriental temples.
Aqualandia (lido de Jesolo, Venice) is a water and theme park, which has recently been elected best European Water Park. It mimics a real Caribbean Isle next to Venice, an oasis of entertainment of 80.000 square metres where relax, fun, extreme sports and water attractions are mixed together for every ages.
Italia in Miniature
Visit miniature Italy, one of the country’s top attraction, have a look at all of Italy’s top attractions in one place! Ask us for more details.
Day Trip to Verona
Take a trip to the home of Romeo and Juliet and enjoying this beautiful city with its famous amphitheatre.
La Rotonda is situated atop a hill in suburban Vicenza. Its four facades look out upon cultivated fields on three sides and a wooded slope on the fourth. The central dome, one of Palladio's most famous and imitated motifs, was itself inspired by the Pantheon of ancient Rome.
Day Trip to Padua & Vicenza
Padua is a walled city situated along the Bacchiglione. The Basilica and Botanical gardens are found on the southern edge of town. The ancient Roman layout of Vincenza is still virtually intact . This is the home of the nobility who splashed out on architecture and villas – especially the classical architect Palladio.
Day Trip to Florence
School trips to Venice offer the ideal opportunity for a day trip to Florence thanks to its excellent location. Students can marvel at the Florence’s culture and history and its unrivalled beauty and atmosphere, and will leave with a lasting impression of one of the most unique cities on the world.
Day Trip to Bologna
Largely untouched by tourism, Bologna is surrounded by hills, yet the city centre has remained the same since the Renaissance offering splendid dusky red-coloured buildings, wide piazzas and covered walkways, with floors laid with marble. Bologna has everything from beautiful piazzas, churches and museums, to bustling cafes, bars and nightlife.
Island Cruise including Murano & Burano
By private boat & including guide the tour features two major islands: Burano, renowned for its lacemaking school; Murano, world capital of the glassblowing industry where guests have a chance to watch the artists at work. These islands are famous for their beautiful and colourful canal side houses.
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