The French writer Marcel Proust described Venice as “a city of childhood fantasy and adult melancholy, full of desires and a burst of memories.” A unique city, beautiful and magical at the same time, most of all due to its lagoon, its streets and its gondolas. Experiencing Venice in all its aspects, in each season, in every single moment of the day and night is indescribable and intangible emotion.
Since the fall of the Venetian republic in 1797, the city has held an unrivaled place in the Western imagination and has been endlessly described in prose and verse. The luminous spectacle of ornate marbled and frescoed palaces, bell towers, and domes reflected in the sparkling waters of the lagoon under a blue Adriatic sky has been painted, photographed, and filmed to such an extent that it is difficult to distinguish the real city from its romantic representations. The visitor arriving in Venice is still transported into another world, one whose atmosphere and beauty remain incomparable. Today Venice is recognized as part of the artistic and architectural patrimony of all humanity, a fitting role for a city whose thousand-year economic and political independence was sustained by its role in global trading. The situation of the city on islands has limited modern suburban spread beyond the historic centre; its framework of canals and narrow streets has prevented the intrusion of automobiles; and its unmatched wealth of fine buildings and monuments dating from the period of commercial dominance has ensured a keen and almost universal desire for sensitive conservation. This concern for conservation is now extended not just to the city’s monuments but to the very city itself, as rising water levels and subsidence of the land upon which Venice is built threaten the continued existence of the city in its present form. In 1987 Venice and its lagoon were collectively designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Friuli–Venezia Giulia is a northeastern Italy Region, bordering Austria to the north, Slovenia to the east, the Adriatic Sea to the south, and the Veneto Region to the west. In the north area, the solid wall of the Carnic Alps, broken only by the Monte Croce Pass and the low Tarvisio saddle, form a spectacular backdrop to the Tagliamento River valley, the heart of Friuli. The southern area of the region is a low coastal plain, some of it occupied by the shallow lagoons of Grado and Caorle. The southeast area, which include part of the former Free Territory of Trieste (that is now an integral part of Italy), develops as a narrow corridor, between the Carso limestone plateau and the Adriatic Sea.
DAY 1 – UDINE
Arrival in the neighborhood of Udine, a charming peaceful town nestled at the very heart of Friuli, an ideal starting point for your time travel. Dinner with traditional menu and B&B accommodation in a restored farmhouse.
DAY 2 – UDINE
A glimpse into peasant life: between the hearth, the church and… the tavern. You’ll meet your certified tour guide to start a nice walk into the old town. Guided visit to the Ethnographic Museum to get an overall introduction to the world of farming and farmers’ life. Visit to the Archbishop’s Museum housing an interesting exhibition of wooden sculptures, the true expression of people’s spirituality. Transfer to a neighboring village for lunch, visit to a farm and to a small exhibition area dedicated to local crafts. Aperitif in a typical local tavern. Transfer to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 3 – UDINE AND CARNIA
Village life and work, itinerary through beautiful landscape and old crafts. Full-day trip through beautiful history-packed villages in the Carnia mountain area, to explore small museums and ancient crafts. Lunch break in a historic inn with traditional menu. Aperitif in a typical local tavern. Transfer to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 4 – UDINE AND THE POETS
“Singing” countryside, discovering Friulian poets. After breakfast, checkout. Departure and stop in Gradiscutta to visit a beautiful site recalled by Ippolito Nievo in his book of memories. Transfer to Casarsa to visit a museum dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini housed in his mother’s home. On the way, readings from their poems.
DAY 5 – VENEZIA
Breakfast and departure for Venezia, La Serenissima. Arrival and accommodation at the Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Walk through the old town centre: Piazza San Marco, the heart of the city’s politics and justice, was defined as “the finest living room in the World” by Napoleon; the Saint Marco Basilica, which is a spectacular example of harmony between different art styles: the Byzantine, the Romanesque, the Gothic and the Renaissance details give the church a really fascinating atmosphere; the Clock Tower, one of the first watches with mechanical gear indicating the time, the moon, sun and the zodiac phases. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 6 – VENEZIA / MURANO / BURANO / TORCELLO
Full day excursion to the lagoon islands. In the morning ferry to Murano, famous for glass processing and visit of the island and its glass factories. After lunch, transfer by boat to Burano, famous for the art of lace and visit of the island. Continuation to Torcello. Here the visitors are immediately enveloped by an atmosphere of motionless silence. It was one of the first islands in the Venetian lagoon to be inhabited by populations of Altino escaping the barbarian invasions. At each step, right after landing on the island, many beautiful landscapes open up to the visitors; panoramas are made of brambles, leaves shaken by the breeze of the lagoon, ruins, dense vegetation, paths that appear to have never been beaten before. Reaching the point where the channel forks, watching to the right, It is possible to admire a red house adorned with a large roof terrace. That is the house where Ernest Hemingway lived, worked and dreamed. Return to Venezia. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 7 – VENEZIA
Day to spend walking through Venezia. Discovery tour of the churches that the great architect Andrea Palladio’s donated to the city of Venezia. Visit to the Jewish Ghetto and the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, just in front of Piazza San Marco. Dinner and overnight stay.
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