We are organising a choice between two leisure activities for those guests that are interested in taking part. Leisure activities will be held from around 14.00 Wednesday 18 October. Please ensure that you indicate your preferred choice in the registation form.
PADOVA: A MEDIEVAL JEWEL (Walking Tour)
Guests joining this walking tour will have the chance to visit Padova’s main attraction, the Scrovegni Chapel (Cappella degli Scrovegni), a masterpiece in the history of painting in Italy and Europe in the 14th century. We will then stroll around Padova’s narrow streets and visit Palazzo della Ragione, where you will be able to admire the walls covered with allegorical frescoes. A walk in the surrounding medieval squares will complete the tour.
Interesting info: Padova stands on the Bacchiglione River, 40 kilometres west of Venice, and claims to be the oldest city in northern Italy; it hosts the University of Padova, founded in 1222, where Galileo Galilei was a lecturer. The city is picturesque, with a dense network of arcaded streets opening into large communal piazzas, and many bridges crossing the various branches of the Bacchiglione, which once surrounded the ancient walls like a moat. Padova is the setting for most of the action in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.
VENICE: JUST A TOUCH (Walking Tour)
Guests joining the walking tour of Venice will visit the famous Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s square) and its surroundings, to admire its extraordinary artistic heritage of historic buildings, architecture and sculptures. Combining big-name sights and hidden corners, this Venice walking tour takes guests to the heart of the city; giving them a broad view of the history, culture and character of the Floating City.