Art city tour with Global Service
Art cities full of history and picturesque villages, elegant Renaissance palaces, castles and unforgettable corners to be discovered. Choose among the tour of the Euganean Hills, the tour of the jewels of the Veneto Pre-Alps and Vittorio Veneto, Conegliano and Treviso and the tour of Mantua and Valeggio sul Mincio. Contact us for a quotation.
Euganean Hills: a medieval atmosphere
Montagnana is famous for its medieval walls, the best preserved in Europe. A walk among the old towers, the picturesque lanes and the special local shops to taste the famous DOP ham is a pleasant experience to spend a few hours. In this Paduan village you can visit: San Zeno Castle and the Ezzelino Fortress, the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral with masterpieces by Veronese and Giorgione, the Alberi Fortress and Villa Pisani by Palladio.
From one village to the next, here’s Arquà Petrarca. A small enchanting village in the heart of the Euganean hills, so fascinating that even poet Francesco Petrarca decided to spend the last years of his life in this village. Here he found the inspiration to complete his great epic poem "Africa". The house he lived in is now a museum and is considered the origin of the Villa concept in Veneto.
Climb down the Euganean Hills and get to Padua, a city of thousand-year old traditions and second oldest university of Italy. Palazzo della Ragione, Palazzo Bo, caffè Pedrocchi, the Sant’Antonio Basilica and the Scrovegni Chapel are, together with Prato della Valle, the symbols of this city.
If the affairs of illustrious personalities and medieval cities are your passion, you’ve found the right tour for you.
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Mantua and Valeggio sul Mincio
Mentioned in the works of many poets, the city of Mantua is UNESCO World Heritage. Loved worldwide for its architectural and pictorial uniqueness with the masterpieces of Andrea Mantegna, Leon Battista Alberti and Leonardo da Vinci, the Lombard city is also a natural heritage thanks to its vicinity to the Mincio park. Mantua dates back way before the Etruscan period. However, it’s in the age of commons that it becomes a fortified city with the building of medieval palaces. With the long-lasting rule of the House of Gonzaga, the reputation of painter and architect Giulio Romano, favourite apprentice of Raphael, grows and he enriches Mantua with various architectural works that you will admire during the tour. Together with the Lombard city you will also visit Valeggio sul Mincio, a small work of art, recognized as one of the best villages of Italy, characterized by its medieval fortresses and mills. In this timeless place, buildings and body of water, the Mincio river, are together as one.
I gioielli delle Prealpi venete
Elegant renaissance palaces with Venetian features, a castle and a fortress are testimonies of its medieval history , Asolo the town of the hundred horizons thanks to its position was an important Roman stronghold. A fascinating place on the rolling Asolan hills, Asolo was a destination for poets and writers, artists and travellers such as the English poet Robert Browning, the Divine theatre actress Eleonora Duse, the composer Gian Francesco Malipiero, the English writer and traveller Freya Stark. This town was particularly linked to Venice because in the town’s Castle lived for the last period of her life Queen Caterina Cornaro Queen of Cyprus and Venetian noble woman. She brought to her court the best artists and intellectuals of the time determining a particular lively cultural atmosphere that still today is evident.
Marostica is a picturesque place developing on a hill crowned with a large ruined castle. Defensive walls descend to enclose the hillside and the town centre below in a protective embrace.It is known as the “city of Chess” defensive walls descend to enclose the hillside and the town centre below in a protective embrace.
There are two castles, one at the top of the hill above town, the other in the main square, Piazza Castello. In the square itself you can see the chessboard laid out in paving stones, and admire the view up to the upper castle (Castello Superiore). The lower castle, the Castello Inferiore, guards the main entrance through the town walls. For four hundred years Marostica was ruled by Venice, and its dominion is recorded by a statue of the lion of St. Mark, Venice's symbol, in the piazza. There are a few interesting buildings and churches in Marostica which you can see as you wander the historic town centre.
Bassano del Grappa
Bassano del Grappa is best known for the wooden covered bridge over the Brenta projected by Palladio, the strong grappa liqueur, the military history occurred on the close Mount Grappa during WWI, for the important production of artistic ceramic and for being the hometown of the Mannerist renaissance painter Jacopo da Bassano.
A walk through the characteristic net of alleys connecting the 4 main squares, Piazza Garibaldi, Piazza dell Libertà, Piazzotto Montevecchio, Piazza Terraglio will allow you to know the history of this beautiful town from its origins to modern times.
Vittorio Veneto - Conegliano - Treviso
Vittorio veneto is set at the foothills of Treviso Prealps. It is the result of the union between two medieval villages Ceneda and Serravalle rich in history and architectural testimonies. Its recent story is connected to the events of WW1, which ended in this town. The civic museo della battaglia is dedicated to this historical theme. Serravalle rises along river Meschio whose temperature is always 11°C, and for this reason in the past the town was famous for the production of high quality swards.
Conegliano is synonymous of good wine. Here the first School of Enology of Italy was established in 1868 and today it is the Experimental Centre of Viticulture and Enology, an Experimental Institute for viticulture, a research institution equivalent to university institutions. The town is dominated by the castle, today the civic museum. Conegliano is also famous because it is the hometown of the renaissance painter Giovan Battista Cima, one of his works, an altar piece, is conserved in the main church.
So mesmerizing with its quiet canals created by the crossing of two rivers the Cagnan and the Sile (Europe’s longest resurgent river), with its frescoed palaces and porticoes, Treviso is a city to be discovered in all its different picturesque spots. The heart of the city is Piazza dei Signori where the locals like to meet and chat drinking a good spritz or a glass of prosecco or raboso – the two main local wines. Palazzo dei trecento, the city tower and Palazzo del Podestà sourround the square. When you get closer to Treviso by car you will be struck by the imposing massive walls reinforced be the Venetians during their rule. The Cathedral with its cripta, the churches of San Nicolò and S. Francesco with their acient frescoes are worth a visit. The best way to visit Treviso is following its waterways.