You will be comfortably transferred from Florence to Venice, the most romantic city of the world.
Along the way, you will first stop in Bologna, the University city famous for its untouched medieval center, and its memorable gourmet restaurants. You can visit the Basilica of St Petronius, Bologna's largest and greatest church, the fifth-largest basilica in the world, dominating the beautiful Piazza Maggiore; the Neptuno Fountain, a real masterpiece of the 16-th century, and the Torre degli Asinelli, which offers spectacular views of the city if you're prepared to climb 498 steps!
Bologna has a number of nicknames: La Dotta (the learned) for its ancient university, La Rossa (the red) for the warm colour of its roofs and houses, and La Grassa (the fat) for the wonderful food. In fact you can visit the main medieval markets of the city: the Quadrilatero - an area of ancient artisanal, mercantile and commercial tradition that now houses butchers, delicatessens, fruit and vegetable counters, bakeries, shops with typical gastronomy, Mercato di Mezzo - one of the most representative historical places of the Bolognese food culture, Mercato delle Erbe - the largest covered market in the historic center of Bologna and you have the possibility to do a series of tastings that will make this “journey” even more enjoyable.
Then you will proceed to Padua, known as the City of the Saint, one of the most ancient cities in northern Italy filled with remains of its history and important works of art.
You can visit Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza dei Frutti, for centuries a daily produce market that is a cross section of citizen life and commerce, as well as the idea venue for seeing and socializing.
Overlooking the two piazzas is one of Padua’s several symbolic monuments, Palazzo della Ragione, also referred to as the “Salone,” a unique work within its genre. It features a series of typical shops on the ground floor, while on its upper level is a hall decorated with an astrological cycle. Close by is Piazza dei Signori, an elegant piazza with Renaissance touches, circumscribed by famous monuments including the Church of San Clemente, Palazzo del Capitanio, and the imposing Tower adorned with its famous Astrological Clock. Also quite nearby is Piazza del Duomo, dominated by the majestic Cathedral and by the ancient St. John’s Baptistry.
Another of Padua’s symbols is Caffè Pedrocchi built in the early 1800, it is still today a beloved Paduan locale, and plays host to important cultural exhibits and events. The Caffe faces Palazzo Bo, main office of the prestigious Università di Padova, the second oldest in Italy. Yet, certaily no visit to Padua is complete without taking the time to admire the renowned Scrovegni Chapel, one of Giotto's absolute masterpieces. The lovely Piazza del Santo, with Donatello’s equestrian statue at the center dedicated to Gattamelata, hosts a grand monumental work dedicated to one of the most venerated saints in the world: St. Anthony, via the Basilica di Sant’Antonio. In the vicinity is the oldest Botanical Garden in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founded during the epoch of the Venetian Republic, it was conceived as a place dedicated to the study and cultivation of medicinal plants.
You will then reach the Venice pier of Piazzale Roma. A ride on a water taxi or on a local ferryboat departing from the pier (ticket not included in this rate) will take you to your final destination.
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