Student Tours to Study the Art and Design of Venice

Located in northeastern Italy, Venice is the capital of the Veneto region and was ‘officially’ founded on March 25, 421 – which is the time associated with the dedication of the city’s first church. The city itself is renowned for its association with art, culture, and history, and is an ideal destination for student tours to Italy.

Venice encompasses 117 small islands in the Venetian Lagoon, and the main parts of the city do not accommodate cars. Instead, residents and visitors use only footpaths and waterways to get around. While in the city be sure to check out some of the art venues that flourish here by seeing the Doge’s Palace, the Ca’ Pesaro, and visit the islands of Murano.

The Doge’s Palace – Also known as the Palazzo Ducale, The Doge’s Palace is a gothic palace nestled into St. Mark’s Square facing out to the lagoon. Constructed between 1309 and 1424, the palace was originally designed by Filippo Calendario, with new portions added after fires and at various points throughout history. Student tours taking in the palace will enable exploration of the building that was once home to the Doge, as well as the seat of the Venetian government. Nowadays, it houses a collection of museums which guide visitors through the Museo dell’Opera, the courtyard and the loggias, the Institutional Chambers where the governmental meetings and business were held, and into the Doge’s apartments – which house paintings by famous artists such as Veronese, Tintoretto, and Titian. After seeing inside the palace, head across the famous ‘Bridge of Sighs’ and see the prison, which was originally built to improve incarceration conditions.

The Ca’Rezzonico – Located about midway through the Grand Canal, the Ca’ Pesaro is a large, Baroque, marble palace that was designed by Baldassarre Longhena in the mid 17th century. Student tours to the palace will reveal that instead of being a palatial home it now houses the Museum of Modern Art on the bottom floors, exhibiting works by 19th and 20th century artists such as Kandinsky, Matisse, and Klee. The third floor is home to the Museum of Oriental Art and has a 30,000 strong collection of objects from Japan, China, and Indonesia.

The Islands of Murano – The Islands of Murano are a collection of islands in the Venetian Lagoon linked by a series of bridges, and are home to the famous Murano glassworks. Student tours to the islands can touch on the history of the area – learning, amongst other things, how the glassworkers and factories relocated to the islands to help protect Venice from the fires that plagued the city. While on the Murano islands, be sure to wander around the factories, and visit the many workshops and glass stores, as well as visit the Museo Vetrario – the Glass Museum. Inside the museum, you can learn about the history of glassmaking in Venice, see samples of works from famous glass artists, and discover why Venice has made Murano glass a protected commodity.