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Our first tour departure in 2020 is an early one. On 23rd January, acclaimed opera critic, author and journalist Adrian Mourby is accompanying a small group capped at 16 to discover Venice in winter, visiting some of its quirkier hidden gems and including two opera performances as part of our expanding opera programme.

If you haven’t visited Venice in winter, you have not seen the city at its best. The crowds are gone and the light has the same pearly quality that Canaletto painted 300 years ago.

-Adrian Mourby

We stay at a family-run palazzo in Castello, the most authentic part of Venice. It’s only five minutes from the Riva degli Schiavoni and ten minutes from Piazza San Marco, but you can get a feel for the real Venice at Palazzo Sant’Antonin. Every day, Adrian will lead a walk, taking you along his favourite routes through Venice and seeing priceless sights usually missed by tourists. There are also two opera performances: La Traviata and Rigoletto, one at La Fenice (one of the most renowned landmarks of Italian theatre) and the other in a private palazzo on the Grand Canal.

There is ample free time for those who wish to visit the city’s main tourist attractions…alternatively, you can ask us about extending your stay which will give you the opportunity to venture out to some of Venice’s other islands including Torcello, which boasts an extraordinary 7th century cathedral.

Later this year, Adrian will also be leading tours again to the annual Puccini Opera Festival in Lucca and Verdi Opera Festival in Parma, and we are working on an exclusive, one-off departure in November to the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo.

For more information on Venice or our other opera tours, please contact us today by using the enquiry form on this website, e-mailing or calling 01425 480600.