Explore Renaissance cultural capitals, it wasn't just Florence!
This exquisite 9-hour tour with private driver and private guided tours departs from Venice’s Piazzale Roma at 9:00 or 9:30 am.
The first stop is Ferrara, a city that harmoniously blends the atmosphere of the past with the dynamism of today. Whilst basking in the wonders of this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage location, the guide will reveal an exemplary Renaissance town that has remained virtually untouched throughout the centuries. One of Ferrara’s most impressive edifices is the 14th-century Castello Estense, surrounded by a moat and guarded over by four towers.
Time is also dedicated to the ancient city of Ravenna, rich in history and culture and abounding in artworks. Once the capital of the Western Roman Empire, it later served as the capital of the Ostrogothic Kingdom and ultimately the Kingdom of the Lombards. Guests can admire the plethora of mosaic art that bedazzles the city and reflects the Roman and Byzantine influences intermingled with realism and symbolism, such as those adorning the beauteous basilicas and baptisteries. There are also 8 momentous edifices on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, peppered throughout what is today a wonderous and charming town.
The group may then visit the 1500-year-old Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe, an exemplary Byzantine monument reflective of early-Christian times owing to the simple design and utilization of space embellished by sumptuous decorations. Alongside is an extensive archeological area once inhabited by the Roman fleet.
To complete this excursion is a visit to the Romanesque-era Abbey of Pomposa. Initially built in the late-800s, it was then extended several centuries later. The interior’s simplicity presented the perfect canvas for Iacopo da Bologna who spent the 1350s adorning the walls with marvelous frescoes, uniting medieval and Byzantine influences.
The grandeur of the Estense Court is on full display in Ferrara, forging a grand Renaissance atmosphere from the peak of their rule. Due to the historical heart of Ferrara remaining virtually unchanged, UNESCO awarded World Cultural Heritage status to the town in 1995. Ferrara’s layout had a profound influence on the progression of the area throughout the following centuries, with the imposing square-shaped Castello Estense at its heart, having been built around 1385 and partially restored in 1554.
WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO EXPERIENCE
- This exemplary itinerary may be adapted to suit the group’s travel date and opening hours of the locations visited.
- A full-day excursion with a private driver plus 4/5 hours of private tours with a licensed guide to explore the historic towns visited.
- Add a one-way private boat ride to Piazzale Roma from your hotel in Venice for an additional cost.
- Visit 2 historic towns of the utmost historic importance plus two impressive places of worship in the surrounding countryside.