Vivaldi in Venice
Departing 15 March 2018


Day 1

We make our own way to London Gatwick Airport for our direct scheduled British Airways flight to Venice. On arrival in Italy, we are met by Peter Medhurst, our organist and lecturer, and our tour manager who will both accompany us throughout our stay in Venice. We transfer by water taxi to Venice to the centrally located Hotel Saturnia International for a five night stay. On arrival at the hotel, we are given a seven day Vaporetto pass which we will be able to use throughout the week to explore the glories of Venice and the Grand Canal. We then have an included lunch followed by a visit to the Ca’ d’Oro - the House of Gold. The Ca’ d’Oro is one of the most beautiful Gothic palaces on the Grand Canal and is also home to an excellent art collection, which includes works by Titian and Carpaccio. It is here, surrounded by art and sculpture, that Peter will introduce and reveal the key aesthetics of Venetian music and art, and how they impact on the music of Vivaldi and his contemporaries. This evening a drinks reception is followed by a welcome dinner at the hotel’s La Caravella restaurant.

Day 2

This morning Peter presents a lecture entitled ‘Introduction to the world of Venice and its music’. After a walk through St Mark’s Square, our first visit of the day is to the Querini Stampalia Museum, home to one of the richest art collections in Venice. Here we explore the music room and various paintings by Sebastiano Ricci, Pietro Longhi and Gabriel Bella - artists working in Venice during (and just after) the time of Vivaldi. We also enjoy an included light lunch in the excellent Querini Stampalia Museum restaurant. Afterwards, we continue to the chapel and music room of Santa Maria dei Dereletti, one of the four famous ospedali in Venice. We then visit the Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo to make a connection with the composer Georg Frederick Handel, one of Vivaldi’s contemporaries. The Gothic church, built by the Dominicans in the 14th century and known locally as the ‘Pantheon of Venice’, houses monuments to 25 doges. This evening there is an optional concert at the San Vidal Church.

Day 3

After our morning lecture on the concertos of Vivaldi, we visit the musical instrument museum at the Chiesa di San Maurizio. The collection has a range of outstanding instruments - harpsichords, violins, viols, oboes and flutes - all stemming from Vivaldi’s time. Afterwards we go to La Fenice Opera House for a private tour of the theatre and this is followed by an exclusive lunch reception in one of La Fenice’s historic rooms. Afterwards, we walk to the Galleria dell’Accademia to explore some of its wonderful collection of Venetian art, including works by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. In the evening we go to the Basilica of St Mark’s for a private viewing of the magnificent mosaics which adorn its internal walls and floors. The Basilica has over 4,000 square metres of gleaming golden mosaics, the earliest dating from the 12th century.

Day 4

This morning’s lecture is entitled ‘The musical world of Antonio Vivaldi’. Our first visit is to the Ospedale della Pietà, a convent and music school for orphaned girls, where Vivaldi was a director in the early 18th century. Here we see the Pietà Museum and focus on the life and music of Vivaldi, as well as on the lives of the orphans and choristers who performed and worked at the foundation, and afterwards enjoy an organ recital by Peter played on the superb historic 18th century organ. We then continue to San Giovanni Battista in Bragora for another organ recital. The church of San Giovanni Battista is essentially Gothic and the interior contains works of art that demonstrate the transition from Gothic to early Renaissance. An included light lunch at a nearby restaurant is followed by a visit to the Church of San Martin where Vivaldi played the organ and where Peter gives his third recital of the day. Afterwards, we visit the Ca’ Rezzonico Museum on the Grand Canal; the museum is dedicated to showing Venetian life in the 18th century. This evening there is an optional visit to the opera, or to a concert.

Day 5

After breakfast we have a lecture entitled ‘Isola di San Michele and its musical connections’. For the rest of our time, we enjoy a full day private boat trip to some of the local islands close to Venice. We visit Isola di San Michele, Venice’s cemetery, where we see the graves of Diaghilev, Stravinsky, Luigi Nono and Ezra Pound. We then continue to Torcello, an island barely inhabited (only 10 official residents) for an included light lunch in one of the local restaurants. Afterwards, we walk to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, founded in 639, to view its mosaics and its atmospheric interior. We then make our way to the island of Burano which, because of its brightly decorated houses lining the waterways, is the most colourful of the islands. It was here in 1706 that the composer Baldesaro Galuppi was born, and it is in the Church of San Martino where Galuppi developed his musical skills as a young man that Peter gives a recital of organ music by the composer. This evening we enjoy an included farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6

Following a final summing up lecture by Peter (and flight times permitting), we make our way to the nearby Correr Museum in St Mark’s Square. The museum illustrates the life and culture of the Venetian Republic over the centuries of its political grandeur and independence. Afterwards, we have an included lunch, before transferring via water taxi to Venice Airport for our flight back to London.

Tour Features

Tour limited to 24 passengers

Lectures by Peter Medhurst each morning

Four private organ recitals by Peter Medhurst in Venetian churches

Professional tour manager throughout

Professional local guide on Days 2 & 5 and for the private viewing of Basilica of St Mark’s on Day 3

Included light lunches every day

All excursions, entrance fees, guided tours & gratuities included

Centrally located 4* hotel

Welcome & farewell dinners included

Direct scheduled British Airways flights from Gatwick to Venice

Return water taxi transfers in Venice between the airport & hotel

Included Vaporetta ticket for the whole tour

Ca’ d’Oro

Querini Stampalia Museum

Chapel & music room of Santa Maria dei Dereletti

Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo

Musical instrument museum at the Chiesa di San Maurizio

Guided tour of La Fenice Theatre

Galleria dell’Accademia

Private evening viewing of the mosaics at St Mark’s Basilica

Vivaldi Museum at the Ospedale della Pietà

San Giovanni Battista in Bragora

Church of San Martin

Ca’ Rezzonico Museum

Full day private boat trip to the Islands of the Venetian Lagoon - Isola di San Michele, Torcello, Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta & Burano

Correr Museum


We stay five nights at the 4* Hotel Saturnia ( Located on one of the main streets in the heart of Venice and just a short stroll from St Mark's Square and La Fenice, the hotel has a restaurant and bar and all rooms are en suite. Dinner is included at the hotel’s La Caravella restaurant on the first evening and at a local restaurant on the last evening and the remaining three nights are on bed and breakfast basis.

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Date of tour: January 2017

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