From Venice to Mantua

From Venice to Mantua

From Venice to Mantua

Discovering Palladio and Jewish communities

5 days/4 nights

From Venice to Mantua

Discovering Palladio and Jewish communities

5 days/4 nights

The programme

VENICE – PADUA
Arrive in Venice Airport and meet with your tour guide for the transfer from the airport to the hotel in Padua. Check-in with welcome drink. Lunch in restaurant near the hotel. After lunch, guided tour of the Synagogue, the Jewish Museum and the Cemetery. Rest of the afternoon and dinner at leisure. Overnight in hotel in Padua.

PADUA – VENETIAN VILLAS – COLLI EUGANEI
Breakfast. At 09.30 h, meet with the bus and your tour guide and departure to visit the Venetian Villas, the extraordinary summer residences that the great families of Venice built between the 16th and 19th century, in perfect harmony with nature, in the countryside near the Serenissima (Venice), and in particular in the province of Vicenza. The high concentration of villas in this area may well be due to the presence of architect Andrea Palladio from Padua (1508-1580), who designed them with classical and elegant features intended to fascinate the whole world.
You will see for example the famous “Villa Pisani” (only from the outside), known as “La Rocca Pisana”. Started in 1576 by Scamozzi, it stands alone on a hill like the Rotonda Palladiana, which, however, it does not imitate, since it solves in its own, quite original way the problem of interior spaces, by playing with lights and shadows. From the large windows, one can catch breathtaking glimpses of the landscape.
After the visit, transfer to the Colli Euganei area, the first Natural Park in the Veneto Region, a beautiful wildlife park, where you can visit a winery, taste their products and also have lunch including: appetizer, two first courses (of hand-made “pasta”), second course, dessert and drinks (6 different types of wines). After lunch, transfer to the little city of Monselice for a guided tour.
Return to Padua. Rest of the afternoon and dinner at leisure. Overnight in hotel in Padua.

PADUA – VERONA – MANTUA
Breakfast. At 09.00 h, meet with the bus and transfer to Verona. Arrive in Verona and meet with a member of the Jewish Community who will show you around the Synagogue (admission is free, offers accepted). Verona, is not just the city of Romeo and Juliet, it also has many important Jewish landmarks. The first stop is the city’s ghetto, whose main street was Via Portici. In the heart of the ghetto is the German rite synagogue, which was opened in 1864. The entrance is at no. 3 Via Portici.
After the visit, transfer by bus to Mantua. Arrival and light lunch in restaurant near the Jewish area. After lunch, meeting with a member of the Jewish Community who will explain the history of the Jewish Community in Mantua and show you around the Synagogue (admission is free, offers accepted). The first Jews settled in Mantua in 1145. Of the 12 synagogues in the old ghetto only one has survived, the Norsa synagogue, which was first built in 1513 and rebuilt in 1902. After the visit, transfer by bus to Padua. Dinner at leisure. Overnight in hotel in Padua.

PADUA – VENICE – PADUA
Breakfast. Transfer by train to Venice to see Venice at leisure in the morning.
At 15:00 h, meet with the guide for the visit of the Jewish Community, Jewish Museum and Synagogue.
At the end of the visit special light dinner in a “cicchetteria” near the Grande Scuola San Teodoro. A “cicchetteria” is a traditional establishment where the Venetians enjoy an aperitif with local wines and specialities such as cod. Here you will “breathe” the typical Venetian atmosphere. Overnight in hotel in Padua

PADUA – VENICE AIRPORT
Breakfast. Time at leisure. Transfer to Venice Airport by bus.

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Culture, Cuisine and Communities

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Culture, Cuisine and Communities

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The programme

Arrive in Rome and transfer by private bus to hotel. Afternoon excursion, “The Grandeur of Rome and its Jewish heritage”, with stops at the Pantheon, Campo de Fiori, the market square, and St. Pietro in Vinculo, site of Michelangelo’s “Moses at St. Pietro in Vincoli”. Dinner at leisure. Overnight in Rome.

Breakfast. Transfer by private bus to The Ghetto for a walking tour of the ancient Jewish quarter. You will visit the Great Synagogue, the Jewish Museum of Rome, the galleries and Jewish shops. Lunch in the Ghetto with traditional Jewish specialties. Meet with leaders of Rome’s Jewish community.
Afternoon, visit to the Vatican and a special guided tour: “Vatican, A Jewish Perspective”.
Dinner at leisure. Overnight in Rome.

Breakfast. Transfer by private bus to Ostia Antica, the ancient port of the city. Visit one of the oldest excavated Synagogues in Europe. Lunch and afternoon at leisure. At 6:00 pm, meet with the bus at the hotel and transfer to Monte Mario, where the group will attend a special cooking class on Jewish traditional cuisine. Dinner with the dishes prepared during the lesson.
Overnight in Rome.

Breakfast. Transfer by private bus to Pitigliano, the “Little Jerusalem,” a charming cliffside town with a unique Jewish heritage, restored Synagogue and Museum. Lunch at restaurant and walking tour with guide. Transfer by private bus to Florence. Arrival and check-in at the Hotel in Florence. Dinner at leisure. Overnight in Florence.

Breakfast. Walking tour of Florence, architectural gems of the Renaissance. Visit to Accademia Gallery and Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of David. Depart for Tuscan countryside and visit to a Medici Villa for a cooking workshop, followed by wine tasting and lunch. Return to Florence. Dinner at leisure. Overnight in Florence.

Breakfast. Visit the Synagogue and the Jewish Museum of Florence. Meeting with community members.
Lunch at leisure. In the afternoon, guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery, with emphasis on Jewish art and culture. Dinner at renowned Florentine restaurant. Overnight in Florence.

Breakfast. Depart from Florence, en route to Venice stop in Bologna, visit its Jewish museum, lunch in one of Emilia Romagna’s gourmet restaurants. Afternoon arrival in Venice Tronchetto area. Meet a private boat for transfer to the Hotel. Walking tour of San Marco. Dinner at leisure.
Overnight in Venice.

Breakfast. Visit to Guggenheim Gallery and the Jewish Ghetto. Visit the five Synagogues, the Jewish Museum of Venice and the artisans of the Ghetto. Lunch in restaurant in the Ghetto. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at leisure.
Overnight in Venice.

Breakfast. Transfer by private boat to Lido Island for a visit to the Jewish cemetery. Lunch and afternoon at leisure. Closing dinner.
Overnight in Venice.

Breakfast. Transfer by private boat to the airport. Departure.

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The programme

Arrival at Milano Airport and transfer to the city centre. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner at leisure. Overnight in Milano.

MILAN – SORAGNA – PARMA
Breakfast. Transfer to Parma, a town with Etruscan origins, where the Jewish Community returned in 1866 after a two-century absence. Before arriving in Parma, a stop in the small town of Soragna for a visit to the “Fausto Levi” Jewish Museum and the Synagogue. Arrival in Parma and visit to the Biblioteca Palatina (Palatine Library), home of the largest collection of Hebrew manuscripts in Italy, and the second largest in the world after the Bodleian library in Oxford. After the visit, transfer to a “Parmigiano Reggiano” production facility for a cheese tasting experience. Overnight in Parma. Light lunch included.

CARPI – MODENA
Breakfast. Transfer to Carpi and guided tour of the town, the Fossoli deportation camp and the interesting Monument to the Deportees. Transfer to Modena, where you will have lunch. In the afternoon, guided tour of Modena, including the Jewish Ghetto and the renowned Estense Library, which features a collection of illuminated Jewish manuscripts. Transfer to Nonantola, to see the famous Villa Emma, where over 100 young Jewish boys were hidden and saved during the Second World War. Transfer to Bologna. Dinner. Overnight in Bologna. Lunch in Modena. Dinner in Bologna.

BOLOGNA
Breakfast. Meet with your tourist guide for the visit of the Jewish ghetto and Museum. Lunch and afternoon at leisure. Synagogue for Friday night service. Kosher group Shabbat dinner and meeting with a member of the Jewish community. Kosher Shabbat dinner. Overnight in Bologna.

BOLOGNA
Morning at leisure, with the possibility to choose between a visit to the synagogue or a walk downtown. Optional lunch at hotel.
In the afternoon, classic tour of the town which includes The Archiginnasio and the Anatomy Theatre. Located in an elegant 16th-century building, the Archiginnasio was built as the first seat of the University of Bologna, Europe’s oldest University. On the first floor, you will see the impressive Anatomy Theatre where corpses were sectioned during medicine and anatomy lessons.
Overnight in Bologna

Transfer to Ferrara
Guided tour of the city: you will see the Jewish quarter with its unique streets and buildings. Afternoon transfer to Abano Terme. Afternoon at leisure in Abano Terme.
Overnight in Abano Terme. Dinner in Abano.

PADUA
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Padua. The city is famous as a centre of Talmudic studies and has had a continuous Jewish presence since the 11th century. Padua was the only university city in Europe to accept Jewish students in the school of medicine way back in the 15th century. Lunch in Padua. The visit to city centre will focus on the Jewish sites and the famous Scrovegni Chapel, with the cycle of frescoes produced by Giotto. Transfer to Trieste. Evening and dinner at leisure in Trieste. Overnight in Trieste.

TRIESTE
Breakfast. Visit to the Jewish sites of Trieste, including the monumental synagogue. Lunch at a traditional restaurant in the city centre. In the afternoon, visit to the Jewish cemetery and to “Risiera di San Sabba”, the only Nazi extermination camp in Italy. Rest of the afternoon at leisure in Trieste. Celebration Dinner in Trieste. Overnight in Trieste.

DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the Hotel. Transfer to Trieste or Venice airport.

EXTENSION OF THE TRIP WITH 2 MORE NIGHTS IN VENICE
DAY 10 VENICE
Breakfast. Transfer by train to Venice.
Check-in in at the hotel. Meet with local guide to explore this unique city, built on 120 islands connected by over 240 bridges. During the visit, you will admire Venice masterpieces of Italian Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture: Ca d’Oro (the Golden House), St. Marks’ Square, Palazzo Ducale, Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), the San Marco Byzantine Basilica and Ponte del Rialto. Lunch and dinner at leisure. Overnight in Venice.

DAY 11 VENICE
Breakfast. The visit to enchanting Venice continues to discover its Jewish heritage. Venice is the city in which the word “ghetto” was used for the first time (it comes from the Venetian word “geto” that indicated the foundry where the ghetto was situated). You will see unique synagogues built inside private houses as well as the artistic heritage that this city on the water has preserved for many centuries. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Venice.

DAY 11 DEPARTURE
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport of Venice by private boat.

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Activities and nature in Trieste’s Karst Plateau for Schools

Activities and nature in Trieste’s Karst Plateau for Schools

Activities and nature in Trieste’s Karst Plateau

Artisanal activities thrive in the shade of houses and trees

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Activities and nature in Trieste’s Karst Plateau

Artisanal activities thrive in the shade of houses and trees

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The Karst Plateau offers a very suggestive landscape made of hills and valleys, where white stone villages break the monotony of the green vegetation. The Gemina trail connects the villages of Malchina and Ternova, cutting through San Pelagio and Prepotto.

The trail is a great way to experience and find out more about the Karst Plateau, where artisan activities thrive in the shade of its houses and trees.

After a short walk, you will reach Carsiana Bothanic Gardens, in Sgonico, in the province of Trieste, which features a great variety of characteristic Karst flora, in its natural environment, carefully recreated in a doline.

The Gemina trail is only one of many trails that cross the plateau. For example, the renowned Rilke Trail is a natural terrace nearly 2 km long that overlooks the white cliffs of Duino, which drop sharply into the sea. A walk with deep historical, cultural and literary roots.

The Rilke Trail is one of the Karst Plateau’s most fascinating and easy-to-reach itineraries. This is where poet Rainer Maria Rilke enjoyed walking when he was a guest of the Princes della Torre e Tasso. The charm of this corner of the world is forever sealed in the “Duino Elegies”, which describe the beauty of the white cliffs that drop sharply in the sea.

Another particularly fascinating place is the area of the Timavo Resurgence. Here you will discover the history of this hidden river whose source, in Slovenia, created the Škocjan Caves. The river runs under ground for kilometres and kilometres until it resurfaces among a group of willows in San Giovanni di Duino.

A phenomenon typical of this plateau, which has fascinated many poets and travellers of the past.

In Val Rosandra, you can explore the Natural Reserve, stay in the lowest mountain hut in Italy and visit the salmon fishery in Bagnoli della Rosandra.

If you like, you may include a meal at one of Karst’s agritourism restaurants, or at the tourism fishery at the Villaggio del Pescatore (Fisherman’s Village) nearby.

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The itinerary starts at the Memorial of Redipuglia, where an expert of the Great War will provide historical context; the visit continues at the Museum and then returns back to the Memorial.

The Memorial of Redipuglia, built in 1938, is the largest military memorial in Italy; it accommodates the remains of 100,000 soldiers who fell in battle during the First World War and is also the resting place of the Duke of Aosta, Commander of the Third Army.

From Redipuglia, the tour moves to Mount San Michele, a strategic post for the Austro-Hungarian defence. If the weather allows it, the tour can include a visit to some of the trenches on the Karst Plateau and the memorial stones of fallen soldiers and a documentary (The three soldiers).

After visiting the museum, we will reach San Martino del Carso, mentioned by poet Giuseppe Ungaretti in one of his poems, where the Italians repeatedly engaged with Austrian troops.

“Of these houses nothing remains but the rubble of a ruined wall
of the many who were so close to me nothing remains not even that
but in my heart
not one cross is missing
this ravaged village
is my heart”

 In this area, the Austrian army used gas against Italian soldiers and to remember the event, a statue of the “Madonna delle Lacrime (Our Lady of Tears)” has been placed in an aedicule at the village crossroads.

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In the afternoon, the tour continues in Gorizia, to visit the Castle and the Great War Museum, where a modern exhibition effectively and comprehensively represents the events of the conflict and its human and social repercussions.

Before heading back, you will have some time to spend in Gorizia.

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