Venetian Renaissance I - The Early Years - Private Tour

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San Zaccaria Facade
San Zaccaria Facade
San Zaccaria church, Venice Built between 1444 and 1515. The church is dedicated to Zacharias, father of St John the Baptist.
San Zaccaria church, Venice Built between 1444 and 1515. The church is dedicated to Zacharias, father of St John the Baptist.
San Zaccaria Facade
San Zaccaria Facade
San Zaccaria renaissance facade - Venice
San Zaccaria renaissance facade - Venice

What To Expect

A private, scholar-led walk of churches and confraternities in the heart of Venice, exploring early Venetian masters.


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Church La Pieta
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This three-hour walk explores Venetian art from the early Renaissance, also touching on the urban nature of the city and its relationships with water and the East, through trade and the worship of relics. As Venetian art is highly intertwined into the culture and social structure, you will also gain knowledge of the social history of the city.

In this walk we have the possibility to visit churches such as San Zaccaria which contains stunning 15th century altarpieces, as well as one of Giovanni Bellini's most famous works. A discussion of Bellini will give us insight into the workshop practices of the day and the slow progression of thought from the artist as laborer to the artist as genius.

From San Zaccaria we may continue to the Scuola di S.Giorgio degli Schiavoni, which raises interesting issues of the immigrant populations in Venice, and the social role played by the confraternities (scuole). The scuola contains a series of paintings by Carpaccio which are still in situ, and which depict miracles of St. George, St. Tryphon and St. Jerome.

Throughout the walk we'll have a chance to intertwine the artistic and social history of Venice, relating the doges' tombs to political makeup of the city and the exploring the fascinating connection between the many lay confraternities in Venice and the art patronage of the city. At the end of the walk you will come away with a strong understanding of the early Renaissance in Venice and how it laid the foundation for the splendors of the high Renaissance artists who followed.


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  • Meals and drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Entrance fees are 5 EUR in total for the sites at the time of publishing. Prices are subject to change without notice.

  • If you are traveling between November and March, there is a chance you will experience Venice's high tide (acqua alta). You might prepare yourself by bringing along rubber boots or purchasing some upon arrival to Venice.

  • Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather.

  • Hotel pick-up can be arranged with an additional fee. Please inquire.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 44 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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