"La Serenissima", Venice

INCENTIVE VENICE - ITALY

The beautiful and haunting city of Venice conjures up a host of colourful images from the beauty of its architecture to the style of its people.  Dubbed the ‘Queen of the Adriatic’ the canals and palaces of this water borne city create a unique and memorable atmosphere which has fascinated visitors for centuries.  Away from the famous sights of St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge, winding alleys, canals and bustling cafes offer an intriguing glimpse into the life of everyday Venetians.

DAY
1

There can be no better way to arrive at your hotel than by private water taxi over the famous lagoons of Venice.  On arrival at the airport your luggage will be transferred directly to your hotel and will be awaiting you in your room as you arrive.

Rather than just riding a gondola why not try your hand at rowing one yourself.  An experienced gondolier will teach you how to row and steer your very own gondola before you sit back and enjoy a tour of the key sights to the city. 

Head back to the water and back in time as you are greeted by shipmates in period costume as you board your very own private Venetian Galleon boat for the evening.  Sail the lagoon channels and explore the magnificent Venetian islands as the sun sets before taking your seats for a stunning candlelit evening dinner onboard.

DAY
2

This morning board your own exclusive motor launch for a guided tour of the must-see three islands of the lagoon.  Visit the glass furnaces of Murano and enjoy a private lesson from an experienced glass artist on the intricacies of producing the delicate and ornate objects from a molten ball of glass.  The next stop is Burano, a colourful village made famous by the intricate embroideries produced here.  The third island is Torcello, the original settlement from which the Venetian archipelago developed.

Enjoy lunch at Locanda Cipriani, made famous by Ernest Hemingway.

This afternoon you will have the opportunity to partake in a very unusual and unique activity.  Meet the Countess of a Venetian Palace located just off St Mark’s Square.  The Countess is renowned for her excellent culinary skills and humour and has published several books and articles.  Take a private cookery class with the Countess and recreate some of her most famous recipes under her expert guidance whilst also learning first-hand how lifestyles and social context have determined the evolution and popularity of traditional recipes.

This evening dinner will be served at Gran Caffe Quadri, the symbol of high society and the very best Venetian tradition.  Take your place at the best seats in the house in front of the amazing windows looking out onto St Mark’s Square.

DAY
3

Visit one of the finest mask making laboratories in Venice who have supplied masks for many of the rich and famous including Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Leonardo di Caprio.  Meet exclusively with the laboratory manager who will explain the rich history of the Venetian mask before you have the opportunity to design and create a mask of your very own.

Experience one of the most unique attractions in Venice with a private evening at St Mark’s Basilica.  During the day when the Basilica is open to the public the mosaics are not lit and guides are not allowed to speak inside.  This all changes this evening as you will be able to enjoy private access and have the Basilica at your exclusive disposal.  On arrival you will be greeted with an aperitif in the historical Caffé Florian before taking an exclusive guided tour.  Your visit then culminates in a beautiful and haunting private organ concert before dinner.

Transfer from the Basilica in style to a private palace that overlooks the Grand Canal for your farewell evening of fine dining.  Still home to the direct descendants of the Pisani family the Palazzetto Pisani Ferri provides an opulent location for a gala dinner.  The Count and Countess Ferri de Lazara will happily welcome you into their home so they you can enjoy an evening of pure elegance amongst the vaulted ceilings, beautiful Murano chandeliers and stucco rosettes. 

DAY
4

Morning at leisure before departing.

Below are a selection of the many Optional Extras we can add into your programme:

The Hotel Luna Baglioni is the oldest and most central hotel in Venice and once gave hospitality to the Templar Knights.  The sumptuous hotel has been restored to all its former splendour and the rooms provide exquisite views of St Mark’s and St George’s Islands making this the perfect base.

Visit La Fenice, the most famous theatre in Venice which has recently been rebuilt from the ashes after a terrible fire destroyed the historic building.  Enjoy a cocktail reception as you are given a private tour and learn about its fascinating history.

Visit the ancient Bevilacque Silk Factory and its 18th century looms.  See first-hand the way silk was originally produced and admire the silk creations produced by this ancient family.

For conferences the Starwood Hotel Danieli offers 10 elegantly furnished meeting and reception rooms with a full spec of sophisticated technological equipment.  In addition an exclusive collaboration among all the Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Venice, including the Hotel Danieli, ensures that larger meetings and conventions are also catered for.  The Venice Passenger Terminal is comprised of 4 multifunctional cruise terminals that act as exceptional venues for such larger meetings, conventions, congresses and fairs. One of these terminals hosts a modern bi-level congress center that encompasses a generous area of 9,000 square meters, including several meeting rooms available throughout the entire year.