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Venicescapes Historical Society

#81 of 492 Tours in Venice
Venice, Italy
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A rolling, graduate-level lecture series delving into world history, religion, architecture, art, politics, economics, shipbuilding, infrastructure, and private culture, with the entire City of Venice as its classroom. Instagram: venicescapes
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Travel404746 wrote a review May 2022
Honolulu, Hawaii20 contributions6 helpful votes
Michael Broderick gave us the highlight of our trip to Italy with his six-hour private guided tour, “Story of a Mercantile Empire.” As his website suggests, this is an opportunity to learn how “barbarians, crusaders, pirates, popes, emperors, and saints” factored in the rise, development and then decline of the Republic over a millennia. For history enthusiasts, this is a chance to engage with an expert whose extraordinary knowledge and narrative skill leaves you with a deeper level of understanding and appreciation of this extraordinary city. If we weren’t about to leave Venice, my wife and I would have taken more of his tours. Before we signed up for the tour with Michael we looked at the reviews of his tours on TripAdvisor and thought it odd that they all had five stars, something beyond rare. Having now taken the tour, we would be dismayed to see any reviews less than five stars. We told Michael that we wished there was someone just like him in all the cities we visit. He leaves you with an enhanced appetite for learning.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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OscarG wrote a review Oct 2019
South County, Rhode Island28 contributions38 helpful votes
Michael led us on the "Splendors of Piety" tour, which included visits to the Frari, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, and Zanipolo to primarily see the works of Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese. However, the tour is not simply about the sites or the works or the artists in and of themselves. You instead come away from the tour with a deep understanding of each of these elements within the rich context of their time, place, and culture, the religious aspect in particular. This is all due to Michael's exhaustive knowledge, engaging explanations, and his ability to weave a narrative that helped us make sense of and more fully appreciate the historical, aesthetic, and theological aspects of all of the incredible things that we saw. We are still talking about this tour and cannot recommend it more highly - Michael is that good!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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KRU wrote a review Oct 2019
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My husband and I did the "Art of Piety" tour with Michael. He was so knowledgeable and engaging. Four hours flew by. This was our favorite activity during our two week visit in Northern Italy. I wish we would have had time to book a second tour. Bottom line...Don't miss out!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Chris R wrote a review Sep 2019
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The tour was described by a friend as "a graduate level education on a specific topic in Venice" and it did not disappoint. Walking with Michael is like strolling through Venice with a textbook on tape - he knows the topics so well. His passion for research and his city's rich culture shine through into well-planned private tours highlighting major landmarks throughout Venice. My girlfriend and I booked the Religious Art tour and were treated to an afternoon filled with religious history, viewed through the lens of Venetian-style artists - Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese. We imagined orchards and fields where churches now stood; compared painting styles and philosophies; and saw how the strings of social order, art, government, and religion weaved themselves into a complicated web where none was independent of the others. When back in Venice we plan to book another of the tours, both to see more of the city and to hear more about how the city used to be a crossroads of the East and the West. Truly glad that we experienced this tour and appreciated our friend's recommendation.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Marilyn T wrote a review Aug 2019
Houston, Texas14 contributions23 helpful votes
Michael took us on a 6 hour walking tour, entitled “The Art of Salvation”. It was a look at the influence of the Reformation on the art of Venice. I appreciated the great conflict all over Europe during this time so much more after this tour. His knowledge of art, politics, and theology is extensive, and he weaves them together seamlessly! If you are a history buff, and want to get to know the Venice of the past, Michael is your guide! I would book another tour with him in a heartbeat!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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