2. Venice: San Giorgio Maggiore Island Visit with Video Guide
Escape the crowds of central Venice and explore the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, "the pearl of Venice." It is a perfect, quiet area to enjoy the beauty of Venice and to immerse yourself in history. With this 1-hour tour, you will admire the most important places in the monumental complex of Giorgio Cini Foundation and discover exceptional art heritage, outside the usual tourist areas.
Just a few minutes by bus-boat from Piazza San Marco you will experience the fascinating atmosphere of the complex as you listen to your video-guide (included in the admission cost and available in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish). Your small tour group (25 people maximum) will be escorted through the areas of the complex by a multi-lingual staff member.
During your visit, you will be able to admire the main places in the complex, including:
• Cloister of Palladio, completed after Andrea Palladio’s death in the 17th century
• Cloister of the Buora family, an example of early Renaissance architecture designed by Giovanni and Andrea Buora
• Palladian cenacle, an ancient Benedictine refectory where Paolo Veronese painted the Wedding in Cana, the original artwork is now on display in the Louvre
• Longhena's Grand Staircase, completed in 1671 to provide access to the library and abbots’ apartments the staircase is positioned between two cloisters and furnished with magnificent wooden bookcases by Franz Pauc
• Nuova Manica Lunga, the old dormitory of the Benedictine fathers, transformed into a stupendous, light-filled library
• Labyrinth of Borges, a reconstruction of the garden labyrinth designed by the English architect Randoll Coate in honor of Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges for the 25th anniversary of the famous Argentinian writer and poet's death
After the tour of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, your audio guide experience will continue of a tour of the "wood" of the island. See the 10 Vatican Chapels, which were designed by 10 internationally-reknowned architects. Hear an introduciton from H. Em. Gianfranco Ravasi. Admire the drawings and models of the "chapel in the wood" by Asplund. Learn about the 10 chapels and the architects who designed them.