Travel To Venice – The City Of Women
This tour of Venice through the history of women, is an opportunity to learn about Venice from a female perspective as a city where women have always been very visible and independent, and have demonstrated their strength of character and independence of mind.
From the very first inhabitants of the lagoon islands to women authors, from women entrepreneurs to the doges, from artisans to courtesans, to the women of today, there are countless examples of women who have always had a very active role socially.
Our route is inspired by the Nizioletti (Venetian word meaning small sheets), painted on the walls of the city, which indicate the names of Venice’s ‘campi’ (squares), ‘calli’ (streets) and canals: many of them are named after women and the memory of famous artists such as Eleonora Duse and Maria Malibran, midwives and glass craftsmen, benefactresses and honest women…
- Day 1 — Arrival
Tour: Artisans of Venice
Walk through Venice and visit a workshop of artisans: impiraresse (Venetian term meaning pearl threaders) who create wonderful jewels with glass pearls, or tessitrici(weavers) who continue the traditional weaving and production of tapestries using ancient wooden looms.
Welcome aperitif and tasting of cicheti, traditional appetizers in a typical ‘bacaro’ or Venetian tavern.
- Day 2 — Venice
Venice Women’s Tour
Journey to explore the history of the women of Venice: Ponte de la Dona Onesta, Convent of the Terese, Calle delle Bòccole, Fondamenta delle Cappuccine, Rio Terà de le Carampane, Calle de le Patienze, Fondamenta delle Penitenti. Women, whether Venetians or foreigners, whether nobility or ordinary citizens who sign maritime contracts, or band together in order to lend money and get a return, or who write their wills in their own hands and independently dispose of their assets.
Read the many stories of women on the plaques and walls of the city.
- Day 3 — Lido di Venezia
Bike tour to Lido di Venezia and Pellestrina
The bike ride starts on the island of Lido, the coastline that protects Venice from the sea.
In 1900, the Lido was a meeting place for famous artists and writers from all over the world and is still the place of the Film Festival. We cycle from the centre to the beach and pass by the famous Art Nouveau hotels, continue along the Murazzi dam until we reach the Alberoni nature reserve, where you can take a short hike through the natural dunes. We cross the mouth of the port by ferry and disembark in Pellestrina and continue on to the charming fishing village, where fish lunch awaits us on the terrace overlooking the quiet waters of the lagoon in the island’s renowned restaurant.
We continue by bike for a small stretch to the island’s huge protection barriers, the Murazzi, which was the final construction project of the Republic of Venice in the eighteenth century.
- Day 4 — Venice
The Museums of Venice for Women
Peggy Guggenheim Museum: one of the most important Italian museums of twentieth-century European and American art. Peggy Guggenheim bought these buildings in 1948 and lived there for 30 years. In 1951 she opened the building and its art exhibitions to the public.
Ca’ Pesaro Museum: the International Gallery of Modern Art is located in the palace of the patrician Pesaro family, who built it in the mid-17th century. The palace was destined to host this prestigious museum by Duchess Felicita Bevilacqua La Masa who left it as a legacy to the City of Venice to create a series of spaces and opportunities for young artists.
- Day 5 — Venice
Venice – The Invisible City
You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.”(Italo Calvino)
‘The Invisible City’ is a kind of workshop on foot which presents texts by famous authors who have taken their inspiration from the city and makes them the springboard for your guides’ narration.
When fiction becomes narrative, it leads you to see Venice with new eyes.
Step by step you gradually become the protagonist: you walk through Venice’s campi, calli and fondamenta, you meet people as if in a game of images and words, all the while reading songs and telling stories that you come to know how to invent.
- Day 6 — Venice Lagoon
The Venice Lagoon By Bragozzo – In Search of the Forgotten Islands
The experience of sailing in the lagoon is made more authentic by the use of a historic Venetian fishing vessel, a bragozzo, used in the past centuries for fishing in the sea and in the lagoon. You start off on a voyage of discovery to the small islands that are dotted among fishing reserves, former salt pans and salt marshes. You can visit the lesser-known or abandoned islands of the northern lagoon such as Forte Sant’Andrea from the sixteenth century, La Cura, a former fish farm, San Francesco del Deserto with its Franciscan Convent of the thirteenth century, or Saint Erasmus, known as the garden of the lagoon.
- Day 7 — Venetian rowing experience
Venetian rowing lesson
To learn about one of Venice’s most fascinating traditions, the Veneto rowing lesson will teach you how to row while standing – a technique born of the need to navigate between small canals and in the very shallow waters of the lagoon, an environment controlled by the ebb and flow of the tides.
The lesson is run by an all-female team, made up of experienced rowers, rowing champions, or those who compete in the Venetian regattas. This is a group of truly tenacious women who have turned their passion for rowing into a complete lifestyle with the aim of keeping this ancient Venetian tradition alive.
Here is the SlowVenice Partner you will meet during your travel experience with us:
The Venice Certosa Hotel is an exclusive resort located on the Certosa Island, just 15 minutes by waterbus from Piazza San Marco.
The hotel offers you the experience of remarkably special accommodation in Venice – the enchanting City on Water immersed in the tranquillity of a park in the lagoon – itself of priceless natural heritage and within easy walking distance of all the islands. The Hotel offers modern rooms with continental breakfast and bar, lounge, restaurant, meeting and conference rooms, shuttle and private transport.