- Grand Canal
- St. Mark's Square
- 2 hours with a PhD or MA-level guide
- Private, covered motorboat
As an introduction, this Venice Boat Tour is lighter in flavor than some of our more in-depth walks and is led by guides who currently live, or have lived, in Venice for a number of years. We will spend time explaining the sites along the route, but we will also try to situate you in the city, orient you to the major areas, and answer any of your questions. In short, it is an excellent way to begin your stay here.
Is this a gondola ride?
Is the tour suitable for visitors with mobility issues?
If a wheelchair user can be lifted down into the boat, this tour is accessible, but one cannot wheel onto the boat. A wheelchair user has to come out of the chair to get into the boat. There are then seats on the boat.
Do you reserve headsets for this tour?
Susan has over ten years of experience teaching the History of Art for prestigious university programs in the UK and Italy. After graduating in the History of Art and Italian in 1998, she took an M.A. concentrating on art and architecture in Venice, and in 2004 she completed her specialization with a Ph.D. on Venetian Renaissance altarpieces. As a post-doctoral researcher with the University of Glasgow and London's National Gallery, she worked as a researcher and editor on the National Inventory of European Painting, the on-line catalog of European paintings in British museums. Susan has also contributed articles to the Burlington Magazine and Artibus et Historiae. Susan met her Venetian husband Paolo in 1997; they have a young son and divide their time between homes in Italy and the UK.
Louisa is an art historian who obtained her B.A. at the Courtauld Institute, where she specialized in Venetian art and the Italian medieval and Renaissance periods. In 2000, she earned her M.A. from the University of Warwick in Venetian Renaissance art.
Lorenza is a native of Venice who received her Master in Art History through Cà Foscari University, Venice. For the past 25 years, she has divided her time between Venice and New York. In New York she teaches various courses on art history at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, where she designed the course Art and Architecture of the Venetian Republic 1100-1800. For FIT she also developed and leads the Short-Term Study Abroad in Venice. She is lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and contributor to the Khan Academy with art history essays. Lorenza has authored and contributed to numerous books and publications on Venice, including "Venezia. La città, l'arte, la storia" (Arsenale 2011), "Arts and Crafts in Venice" (Koneman, Koln, 1999) and "Handbook of Painting Techniques" (NYU in Venice, 1999). In the past she taught history of art and architecture in Venice at the New York University, and in Venice worked for the Venice Bureau for the Protection of Architectural, Historical and Artistic Heritage for 13 years, cataloging, documenting, and researching the collection at the Palazzo Reale. Lorenza is an esteemed scholar with decades of international experience. She will lead you through her city with fun, passion, and knowledge.
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