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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