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Venice: Interpreti Veneziani Concert at Church of San Vidal

1. Venice: Interpreti Veneziani Concert at Church of San Vidal

Discover the composers behind Venice’s 18th-century musical epoch at a classical concert in the Church of San Vidal.  The 17th-century church provides an intimate historic setting and fantastic acoustics for concertos and symphonies by masters such as Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel.  Listen to the playing of the talented Interpreti Veneziani ensemble and watch them bring musical masterpieces to life for a memorable evening. After the hour and 30 minutes are over, choose to pick up a CD recorded by the group to bring the music of Venice home with you.

Venice: Traveling Opera in a Historic Palace on Grand Canal

2. Venice: Traveling Opera in a Historic Palace on Grand Canal

Experience Italian Opera in one of the most important Venetian-Gothic style palaces in Venice, Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto. Within this historical venue, an innovative approach to opera has been conceived, with a formula that focuses on the interaction between the singers, the musicians, and the audience. This gives spectators the feeling of living Opera ‘from the inside’. This sensation is amplified by the clever 360-degree use of the ‘stage’ and by having the guests move through 3 different rooms within the Palazzo, one for each act of the show. The whole setting changes, not just the background. Reviving a tradition dating back to the late 1800s, this reimagining is brought to life by some of the finest lyrical voices, accompanied by a talented small group of strings and a piano: a virtuoso ensemble who performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world. Opera offered: • La Traviata - Melodrama in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi (Mon - Tue - Thu - Sat) • Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Light-hearted melodrama in two acts by Gioachino Rossini (Wed - Sun) • Rigoletto - Intense drama about love and vengeance by Giuseppe Verdi (Fri)

Venice: Shared Gondola Ride and Serenade

3. Venice: Shared Gondola Ride and Serenade

Enjoy a pleasant and relaxing gondola group ride on this 30-minute trip through Venice. Listen to music as an onboard musician on one of the boats serenades you through your trip along the inner canals of the San Marco area. Admire some of the beautiful palaces facing the Grand Canal which are only visible on the water. Pass by Santa Maria del Giglio Square and La Fenice Theatre via some minor and inner canals and take in the buildings that accompany these stunning sites. The tour lasts 30 minutes and leaves and ends at the same gondola stop. You will share the gondola with other passengers with a maximum of 6 people on each gondola. The tour is operated with a minimum of 1 gondola. During high season it may be operated with 8 to 10 gondolas according to the reservations.

Venice: 3-Hour Cabaret Dinner Show

4. Venice: 3-Hour Cabaret Dinner Show

Do something different in Venice and attend an elegant cabaret dinner show at a unique theater restaurant close to the city center. Get a welcome cocktail in the foyer on arrival, and then listen to the soothing sounds of a classical pianist as you are served a selection of soft and alcoholic drinks to set the scene. Nibble on delicious titbits, prepared by the chef, and soak up the refined surroundings. Move to the amazing Theatre Hall and get comfortable as you are served a gala dinner of a starter, first and second course, and dessert with coffee. Watch the spectacular Cabaret Grand Show unfold and admire the Baroque details of the venue. Be charmed by the artistry of the performers during a variety show that features talented showmen, singers, dancers, acrobats, and more. Marvel at the colorful costumes and be dazzled by the lights of the stage set.

Venice: Panoramic Cruise and Sunset Aperitif

5. Venice: Panoramic Cruise and Sunset Aperitif

Join a panoramic, round-trip cruise and enjoy a typical aperitif in St. Mark's Basin. Take in a stunning sunset on board as you pass in front of Saint Mark's Square. Get a unique perspective of the most romantic spots in Venice and its islands. Start your trip by meeting in Venice San Marco, at a location that's just a short walk along the waterfront, not too far from Saint Mark's Square. Hop on board and find a comfy spot to take in the views as you head out on your cruise. This trip is a great way to relax after a long day of sightseeing and is the perfect tour to take with friends, family, or your partner while admiring dreamy places and listening to music. Raise a glass to your trip with your choice of drink, paired with crisps and pretzels.

Venice: Dinner & Concert

6. Venice: Dinner & Concert

Enjoy a romantic dinner in one of Venice's most famous restaurants a few steps away from St. Mark's Square. Afterward, take in an exquisite concert of classical music in The Church of San Vidal. Choose between either a 2 or 3-course meal, including wine, water, coffee and dessert (see options). After dinner, enter the Church of San Vidal. The church provides the perfect baroque atmosphere for your concert. Hear the works of Venetian masters such as Vivaldi, Albinoni, and Marcello. A la Carte Menu: Hors d’oeuvre Italian Cold Cuts Fresh Tomato with Mozzarella and Fresh Basil Double Fish Hors d’oeuvre (Fried and Marinated Sardines with Onions and Marinated Salmon) Octopus salad First Course Ricotta Cheese & Spinach Ravioli with Butter and Sage Sauce Risotto with Seafood Lasagne Bolognese-style Second course Filet of Seabass with Pink Pepper and Dill sauce and Seasonal Vegetables Steak with Peas Cuttlefish with Polenta Grilled Vegetables and “Dobbiaco” Cheese Dessert Tiramisù Homemade Ice Cream Panna Cotta

Venice: 30-Minute Gondola Ride on Grand Canal with Serenade

7. Venice: 30-Minute Gondola Ride on Grand Canal with Serenade

No visit to Venice is complete without taking a gondola ride down the world famous Grand Canal - even better when it's accompanied by a live musician's serenade! Enjoy a relaxing evening cruising down many hidden canals so small you can literally touch the palazzos as you float by them. Explore the beauty of this city and breathe in the Italian culture unique to Venice. What makes this tour special is its musical flair - local musicians will be on board the gondola to serenade everybody with the traditional romantic music of Italy. What better way to spend an afternoon in Venice and get in the Italian spirit with your friends or family!

Venice: My Special Venice Art & Music Card for 4 Attractions

8. Venice: My Special Venice Art & Music Card for 4 Attractions

Discover the artistic and musical treasures of Venice with ease with the My Special Venice digital card. Valid for 365 days, the card offers one time access to each of the 4 attractions as well as discounts and concessions at on-site bookshops and cafes. Enjoy access to Teatro La Fenice, Querini Stampalia, Borges Labyrinth, and Teatro Verde on San Giorgio Maggiore Island. Save time waiting in line and use your card to book advance admission to each of the attractions. Just follow the instructions in your email.

Venice: Museum of Music Guided Walking Tour

9. Venice: Museum of Music Guided Walking Tour

Uncover the world of Vivaldi on this tour of the Museum of Music in the Church of San Maurizio in Venice. Explore over 200 historical instruments that once belonged to the various workshops or "schools" that have made Italian instrument manufacturing famous throughout Europe. Meet your musicologist guide at the Museum of Music and begin your journey into the past. Hear about the history and construction methods for various instruments. Visit the workshop of the luthiers where you can take in hand authentic instruments such as Vivaldi's violin. Let your fingers grace the keys of the harpsichord with which Vivaldi composed the "Four Seasons". Admire the craftsmanship of instruments that are also pieces of artwork.

Venice: Vivaldi Concert by Interpreti Veneziani Entry Ticket

10. Venice: Vivaldi Concert by Interpreti Veneziani Entry Ticket

Delight your senses with a ticket to the 34th concert season of the group Interpreti Veneziani in the Church of San Vidal. Get lost in the group's interpretation of Vivaldi's music as they perform their concert "Antonio Vivaldi and his Times."  Take a seat in the nearly a millennia-old Church of San Vidal and admire its unique Palladian architecture. Experience a concert that seeks to revive the sound of musical instruments of the period in an ambience steeped in history and beauty. Let the music take you to on a journey into 18th-century Venetian art as you discover the artists who symbolize the musical life of the epoch. Share in the expertise, joy, and exuberance of Interpreti Veneziani as they showcase the glory of baroque and Italian music. Uncover how the Republic of Venice served as an incomparable laboratory for art. Find out how there was an interplay between musical art, great works of architecture, and stunning instrument craftsmanship.

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What people are saying about Venice

Overall rating

2.3 / 5

based on 3 reviews

The moving opera was just amazing. Being close up to the singers was truly a unique experience. The changing of the rooms with no assigned seats was a bit of a cattle call but it did give you the opportunity to have better seats in some rooms than others. The palazzo and it’s rooms were beautiful and the candlelight added to the ambiance. We enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.

All I can say is WOW. From start to finish the experience was amazing. The singing and dancing was just brilliant and there was so many different genres and outfit changes that kept us entertained throughout the whole night. Utterly blown away and would highly recommend this, well worth the money. If I go back to Venice I will definitely be booking this show again, top notch

A different way to eperience opera. The singing isn't worldclass, but being so close gives a very different experience. Violetta -I saw La Traviata-dying right in front of your feet is certainly moving. If you love opera, go for it. If you have never been, a good introduction

Absolutely recommend this traveling opera. We had a wonderful evening! Also our teenager (13 years) had a great time.

Intimate, beautiful setting to see and hear this beautiful opera.