Venice isn't only synonymous with the mass tourism of the Canal Grande or Piazza San Marco; you can enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in Italy (and the world) also through unusual and little-known itineraries that are equally interesting, designed with environmental sustainability and touristic satisfaction in mind. The long weekend we propose, from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 November 2017, is a "slow" journey to discover the Castello district, the Arsenal and the famous Biennale.
This unique and unforgettable experience allows for getting to know an alternative route to the usual tours, a journey that traces the daily life of those who inhabit the city, to understand its true essence. During the first day you'll get the chance to walk around to discover its calli (streets) and gardens, appreciate the canals reflected in the windows of historic buildings, listen to the stories behind the arts and ancient mysteries engraved on the stones called Nizioleti, which in Venetian dialect means "small sheets", white rectangles that carry the name of the city's calli, campi (squares) and canals.
The culinary tasting is one of the highlights of the tour © Karl Johaentges
The first day of the tour finishes with in a bacaro, a typical Venetian tavern, with an "ombra de vin e do’ cicheti", a local aperitif that consists of a glass of wine accompanied by delicious tastings. The latter, called cicheti, are prepared in front of the participants by the host, while recounting local stories and recipes. A veritable show cooking experience that brings together tradition and innovation.
The second and third days will instead be dedicated to visiting the Arsenal and historic Biennale, one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world, always on the cutting edge of scouting and promoting emerging artistic and architectural trends.
This brief and exhilarating trip is perfect for those who love art, cinema and architecture and who, naturally, want to get to know a different Venice, far from mainstream itineraries.
All LifeGate trips are organised in collaboration with tour operators specialised in sustainable tourism: those whore respect the principles of our manifesto, naturally. For this weekend you'll be staying in a hotel that is part of the SlowVenice network, on La Certosa island, inhabited since the times of the Carthusians.
The trip touches on the key locations of the Art Biennale and is designed by Guido Galimberti, administrator of Opera Art Solutions, expert in modern and contemporary art, curator of exhibitions for museums and foundations, and consultant to collectors, auction houses and international galleries. Annalisa Scandroglio, Managing Editor of Art Super, Senior Project Manager of BeAdvisors Art Department and Off To Milan, is the art expert that accompanies participants in this exclusive, never before seen tour, to illustrate every facet of the scenarios that it covers. The “I slow Venice!” tour to discover the Nizioleti and assistance over the course of the stay is curated by SlowVenice. LifeGate will destine a part of the trip's share to Stand Up Forests, the LifeGate, Icei and Avive project that safeguards 560 hectares of Brazilian Amazon rainforest and supports the communities that live in it.