While someone visits a city, the first impression comes from its architecture. Milan, well-known as the city of fashion and design, is a perfect mixture of the past and modernity. From the Sforzesco Castle with its medieval and Renaissance style to the eclectic style of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, from the spires of the Cathedral to the one of the Unicredit Tower, Milan is a window where You can see all the evolutions of the architecture through numerous centuries. Without doubt, the Triennale Design Museum of Milan will be the sanctuary for design lovers. In Vicenza you will visit La Rotonda, the most famous villa designed by the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio who had an important and authoritative influence on the architecture in the western world. Certainly You will be shocked by the trompe-l’œil on the stage of the Olimpic Theatre and then WOW! At the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MART) You will not only admire the amazing art works of different international artists but also its magnificent architecture with the constant dialogs with the light just like the Pantheon. In Padua arise works of “archistar” alongside equally interesting architecture although of lesser known author. If You are looking for the details of design, the integration between the architecture and landscape, You will find them at the Brion Tomb in Altivole and at the Querini Stampalia Foundation in Venice. Carlo Scarpa created the communications between exterior and interior by using play of light, play of water and play of materials. Besides the magnificent classic attractions that the city of water Venice can offer to the world, visiting the Venice Biennial will provide You with the updates of the architectural world. Do you like to discover more secrets of the architecture in Italy following the paths of masters? Just join us!
Arrival at Milan Malpensa Airport and private transfer towards the city center. Check in and accommodation in Your 4* selected hotel in Milan. In the afternoon guided visit of the Portello district.
After breakfast full day city tour. Entrance and visit of Triennale, a complex devoted to design and contemporary visual arts, including the Triennale Design Museum. In the afternoon visit of Porta Nuova area. Return back to the hotel.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Vicenza. The visit will start with a walking tour of Vicenza’s historic city centre, a UNESCO protected heritage. Visit of the Palladian masterpiece Villa La Rotonda, designed by Andrea Palladio. Check in and accommodation in Your 4* selected hotel in Vicenza.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. transfer to Trento and Rovereto. Visit of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MART). Return back to the hotel.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer towards Padova. Guided city tour of the town dedicated to the architecture of the XXI century. Starting from the best examples of the second half of the twentieth century, such as the Tower of Medoacense Giulio Brunetta, the route winds its way up to the Park of Europe. In Padua arise works of famous ” superstar” alongside equally interesting architecture although of lesser known author. Entrance to Tomba Brion. Return back to the hotel.
After breakfast private transfer to Venice Tronchetto. Boat transfer to Venice. Visit of the Venice Biennial. After lunch, explore the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, which is definitely the Sanctuary for the architecture and design lovers. Walk through St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Bridge of Sights (outside). You will visit the Olivetti Shop (entrance). Continue to the Grand Canal, visit of the Ponte di Rialto, which is one of the symbols of Venice.Check in and overnight in Your 4* selected hotel in Mestre.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Check out and transfer to Venice Marco Polo Airport.
Undisputed capital of fashion and design Milan renews itself practically every day, keeping one step ahead of the times. Modern edifices break up the continuum of older (1800s-1900s) palazzi, churches and ancient monuments, proving that Milan is a coexistence of rather diverse architectonic styles. They are as diverse as the renowned architects that have abetted the transformation of this modern and technological capital (and city of art all’Italiana) into what it is today: sophisticated and lively, cultured and prosperous.
Discover the Portello district. Alfa Romeo former industrial area now stands a new neighborhood, built on an urban design project by Studio Valle. Work began in 2002 and three years later opened the shopping precinct and the first residential buildings. Conceived as an Italian style district is characterized by its public spaces open to the neighbourhood. The new park connects the area with the modern district of QT8.
Entrance and visit of Triennale, a complex devoted to design and contemporary visual arts, including the Triennale Design Museum.
Discover Porta Nuova area, abandoned for over 50 years, is now one of the largest construction sites all over Europe and is fulfilling the historical business district of Milan with new tertiary buildings, luxury residences, commercial and cultural spaces, for a global area of about 350,000 sqm. The project developed by Hines is divided into three areas (Garibaldi, Varesine and Isola) which are connected by large central public park called The Library of the Trees.
Vicenza is set against a backdrop of mountains. Vicenza, known as the great Palladian city (from the famous 16th-century architect, Andrea Palladio), is celebrated the world over for its splendid and varied architecture. It also offers visitors elegant shops and cafes. Palladio was responsible for at least a dozen of its city palaces, not to mention countless villas in the surrounding countryside. Palladio’s main works include Palazzo Chierati, the Teatro Olimpico and on a hill just outside of town, the famous Villa Rotonda.
The visit will start with a walking tour of Vicenza’s historic city centre, a UNESCO protected heritage. View of Corso Palladio, Palazzo Thiene, Palazzo Barbaran, Palazzo Chiericati, the Basilica Palladiana, the Duomo, and the wonderful Teatro Olimpico.
Visit of the Palladian masterpiece Villa La Rotonda, designed by Andrea Palladio. Palladio’s most celebrated work. Its temple like facades, its symmetry along with its natural setting, give the villa an air of splendid perfection and seem to echo the principals of Palladian architecture. Built for a local priest, it was actually conceived as a “Party House” a place to entertain friends and acquaintances rather than a home. An interesting idea, when considering the background of the Patron. Although, Paolo Almerico was no saint having spent time in a Venetian prison on a murder charge before being acquitted.
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Visit of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MART). The Mart is the centre of modern and contemporary art in Italy, it puts on large thematic exhibitions, the results of years of research, national and international temporary exhibitions and artistic programmes on twentieth century art periodically reconceived and renewed making use of its collections. The modern building that houses the museum was designed by architect Mario Botta and engineer Giulio Andreolli who mixed technical solutions with classic models, such as the large dome inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. The square under the dome in the centre of which there is a fountain should certainly be admired.
Guided city tour of the town dedicated to the architecture of the XXI century. Starting from the best examples of the second half of the twentieth century, such as the Tower of Medoacense Giulio Brunetta, the route winds its way up to the Park of Europe ( Arch. Klaus – Jürgen Evert ). In Padua arise works of famous “superstar” alongside equally interesting architecture although of lesser known author.
Entrance to Tomba Brion. The Brion tomb is a monumental funerary complex, located along the original boundary of the small cemetery of San Vito, in the hamlet of Altivole, in the province of Treviso. It was designed and built by the Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa commissioned(1969) by Onorina Brion Tomasin, to honor the memory of the deceased and beloved joint Giuseppe Brion, founder and owner of Brionvega, and to keep therehis remains, and those of some relatives. The complex was built between 1970 and 1978, when the same Scarpa died as a result of a fall from a ladder at a store in Sendai, Japan. The work was then completed on the designs of the architect, who was also buried there, as requested in his will, in a discrete point between its monumental creation and the old village cemetery.
Visit of the Venice Biennial which in the odd-numbered years, it’s Biennale of Arts and Biennale of Architecture in the even years. The famous Venice Film Festival is also part of the Venice Biennale. After lunch, visit of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, a 16th century building, Architect Carlo Scarpa designed interior, exterior, and garden elements and spaces on the ground floor of the historic building. Full of details and design, it’s definitely the Sanctuary for the architecture and design lovers. Visit of the Piazza S. Marco, Basilica di S. Marco and the Bridge of Sights (outside). You will visit the Olivetti Shop (entrance), designed by Carlo Scarpa, too. Continue to Grand Canal, visit of the Ponte di Rialto, completed in the 16thC, this stone bridge is one of the symbols of Venice, the shops along the passageway make it particularly picturesque. Here you will admire the best sceneries of the Grand Canal.