CARNEVALE, ISABELLA, & ALESSANDRO DE’MEDICI
Group Size: 4-6 People
Cost: $— Trip Closed, 6 People Booked
Dates: 11-20 February 2024
Spend 9 days touring the splendor and grandeur of Venice, Ferrara, Mantua and Florence.
We will begin in Venice and visit the best vendors, historical sites, and opera/fine dining of the Serenissima for 3 days at the end of Carnevale (because those crowds are meh).
Next we will take the train to Ferrara and have a 3-day tour of that city with a day trip to Mantua. In Ferrara and Mantua we will visit the homes of the Isabella d’Este, learn about the history of the Duchys there, see all the major frescoes the cities have to offer.
Then, we take the train to Florence and spend 3 days enjoying the quintessential birthplace of of the Italian Renaissance and learning about the Black Duke of Florence, Alessandro de Medici. We may even take a dip in the thermal waters of Firenze before departing for home.
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- 3 Nights in a historic palazzo in Venice, walking distance from Piazza San Marco
- 3 Nights at a B&B in Ferrara
- 4 Nights lodging in bella Florence
- Entrance Fees prepaid for:
- Basilica San Marco, Doges’ Palace, & Galleria Accademia
- Este Castle, Palazzo Schifanoia, & Museo delle Cattedrale
- Palazzo Ducale Mantua & Basilica Sant’Andrea
- Palazzo Vecchio,
- Train Tickets between itinerary cities
- Immersion in hand-picked bespoke experiences: trying cicchetti, dining in an historic palazzo, attending an opera born in Venice
- Party Options, to attend a masquerade ball or costuming event of your choice (starting at €130 euro per person plus costume rental if needed)
What’s Not Included:
- Airfare – Air/Train transportation to and from Venice is not included
- Porterage – Please note that you’ll need to carry your own luggage up and down stairs at hotels and across cobblestone and bridges
- Food – Breakfast, lunches, dinners, and drinks are not included
- Optional Tour of the historical silk looms at Bevilacqua in Venice
- Optional Photoshoot – With an experienced Venice photographer
- Optional Opera – See La Traviata on the Grand Canal
- Optional 1/2 day Tour of the sites of Alessandro de’Medici
- Optional Visits – To any sites you choose in your free time
Exploring Venice, Ferrara, Mantua, & Florence. Details on itinerary are also here in this blog post.
- Day 1: Arrival in Venice
- Day 2: Photoshoot & Gondola
- Day 3: Bevilacqua & La Traviata
- Day 4: Travel to Ferrara
- Day 5: Palazzo Schifanoia
- Day 6: Day trip to Mantua
- Day 7: Travel to Florence
- Day 8: Duomo & Uffizi
- Day 9: Alessandro di Medici
- Day 10: On-your-own Travel Day
Guide to Venetian Balls
Tiepolo Ball – The Ballo Tiepolo, also known as The Grand Ball, takes place in the Palazzo Pisani Moretta — a 16th-century palace, overlooking the Grand Canal. The Main Hall is transformed for the night into an 18th-century ballroom – lit with hundreds of candles. Dance Masters, accompanied by an orchestra, guide guests through minuets and waltzes. Opera singers entertain guests, as they dine upon a 5-course meal.
Ca’ Vendramin Ball – The Ca’ Vendramin Ball is housed in a historic palace on Venice’s Grand Canal. This elegant Renaissance palazzo was built between 1481 and 1509. Guests will be treated to a feast of sights, sounds and flavors — including a 5-course dinner, gambling room and after-midnight dancing.
Doge’s Ball (Il Ballo Del Doge) – The Ballo del Doge is the most exclusive event of Venice’s Carnival. Held at the historic Palazzo Pisani Moretta, the ball starts at 8:30PM. After a welcome cocktail, dinner will be served throughout the palace’s centuries-old halls. Artistic performances, classical music and period dancing can be enjoyed until the early morning. Internationally-famed atelier Antonia Sautter has organized the event since 1992.
Casanova Ball – Inspired by the romantic legend of Giacomo Casanova, this ball will seduce your senses. Held in the majestic Palazzo Contarini, dating to the 15th century, the Casanova Ball begins with a welcome cocktail in the building’s courtyard. Next, guests get wowed by performers — including dancers, acrobats, and musicians.
Carnival Extravaganza Ball – The Carnival Extravaganza Ball is one of your last chances to experience an authentic masquerade. During and after dinner, you can learn the steps to dances from the 1700s and 1800s. A baroque ensemble will play music throughout the delectable 4-course dinner. The splendid setting for this event is Palazzo Dandolo, a canal-facing palace. It takes place the Saturday before Fat Tuesday.