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Venicescapes Historical Society

#68 of 422 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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OscarG wrote a review Oct 2019
South County, Rhode Island28 contributions33 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 contributions9 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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Corinne Roe wrote a review Jun 2019
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We just spent two afternoons with Michael who provided an engrossing, thorough and enjoyable overview of the development of the mercantile history of Venice. These two tours were the best we have ever had and we highly recommend Michael to those seeking a deeper understanding of the history of this fascinating city. We look forward to coming back and having the pleasure of taking other tours with Michael.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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