Our 2017 Venice art adventure takes place November 2-9, a wonderful time to visit "La Serenissima." The crowds of tourists are gone, the air is crisp and fresh, and fabulous creations by artists from all over the world are on exhibit in the two main Biennale Arte venues, and in unexpected places throughout the city and nearby islands.
2017 marks the 57th Venice Biennale Arte, the world's oldest contemporary art festival (since 1895) and arguably the best. Internationally, the Venice Biennale Arte is the most prestigious of its kind, with the participation of officially chosen artists from 75 countries, plus dozens of independent events featuring both world-renowned and up-and-coming artists.
These special exhibitions are often found in unusual settings - in palaces along the Grand Canal, hidden gardens, tiny baroque chapels, shipyards, old breweries, and ancient warehouses. We'll reach them by boat and on foot, via small stone bridges over quiet canals, and by local "waterbus" vaporetti into the city's seven sestiere (neighborhoods) and out to the islands in the lagoon surrounding Venice.
Our home for the week is the lovely Hotel Flora with its own walled garden courtyard, and cozy bar. It is located at the end of a quiet secluded lane between Piazza San Marco and the Gritti Palace.
From Hotel Flora it is easy to catch the #1 vaporetto water bus (see left image below) at either the San Marco or Campo Santa Maria del Giglio stop and the #1 line Giglio vaporetto stops near the hotel.
Every day we'll venture out to a different neighborhood of Venice to discover not only the art on exhibit, but to experience the food, wine, architecture, and distinct ambiance of each "sestiere" we visit.
In addition to group excursions you'll have time to roam on your own, shop, daydream, or just sit still and watch the world go by.
$3,975 per person – double occupancy | exclusive group size limited | airfare not included.
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