Day Tour

Art and Society in Historic Venice (3 Hours)

Context Travel

Venice, Italy

Valid for Travel Now Through: 12 Mar 2019

Art and Society in Historic Venice (3 Hours )

Venice, Italy

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level



This walk explores Venetian art from the early Renaissance, also touching on the urban nature of the city and its relationships with water and the East, through trade and the worship of relics. As Venetian art is highly intertwined into the culture and social structure, you will also gain knowledge of the social history of the city.

In this walk we have the possibility to visit churches such as San Zaccaria which contains stunning 15th century altarpieces, as well as one of Giovanni Bellini's most famous works. A discussion of Bellini will give us insight into the workshop practices of the day and the slow progression of thought from the artist as laborer to the artist as genius.

From San Zaccaria we may continue to the Scuola di S.Giorgio degli Schiavoni, which raises interesting issues of the immigrant populations in Venice, and the social role played by the confraternities (scuole). The scuola contains a series of paintings by Carpaccio which are still in-situ, and which depict miracles of St. George, St. Tryphon, and St. Jerome.

Throughout the walk we'll have a chance to intertwine the artistic and social history of Venice, relating the doges' tombs to political makeup of the city and the exploring of the fascinating connection between the many lay confraternities in Venice and the art patronage of the city.

At the end of the walk you will come away with a strong understanding of the early Renaissance in Venice and how it laid the foundation for the splendors of the high Renaissance artists who followed.

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The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.

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By: Joe C

Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2018

Without question they did a superb job.
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By: MJ

Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

The trip was our first experience with Context and it was amazing!
Travel Advisor:  Donna Peacock
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By: Shari

Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

The 6 person maximum of Context tours really made for an intimate learning experience. The docents they get to lead the groups were top notch!
Travel Advisor:  Kelly Millington