VENICE AND THE SPIRITUALITY ISLANDS
This excursion will take you to discover very special places in the Venetian lagoon: the Island of Saint Francis of the Desert and the Island of the Armenians, ancient and lonely monasteries, rare centres of deep spirituality.
Program for Saturday 20 th April:
8.15 am: meeting with our tour leader at the entrance of the Terminal Parking Place at Fusina (Ve) and boarding on the motorboat. Entering the Giudecca Canal we will admire some of the most beautiful churches of Venice, among them: The Redeemer’s Church, The Church of the Spinters, St. George and the impressive Basilica of St. Mary of Health. St. Mark’s Basin will capture you with its masterpieces: St. Mark’s Square, the famous bell tower, the Palace of the Doges, the Bridge of Sighs and the beautiful catwalk Riva Sette Martiri that leads to the Sant’ Elena’s Gardens. Navigation to the ISLAND of SAINT LAZARUS OF THE ARMENIANS, which monastery was built at the beginning of the 18th century. We will have the possibility to visit this centre of the Armenian culture (ticket 6,00 € per person) and listen to the history of this persecuted population. In this beautiful oasis of peace we will admire an important paintings collection, an archaeological museum with an Egyptian mummy dating back to the year 3000 B.C., two libraries and a collection of precious manuscripts. Lord Byron, the famous English poet, stayed here and rest on this peaceful island, where he learnt the Armenian language. After visiting the Armenians’ Island we will sail and reach TORCELLO Island for the optional visit to the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (ticket 5,00 € per person) that keeps ancient mosaics of the Venetian-Byzantine School dating back to the 12th and 13th century; close to the cathedral we can admire the Martyrium of Santa Fosca, a Christian martyr of the 3rd century.
13.00 pm: our board restaurant will serve you a typical Venetian lunch based on fish: Aperitif Bellini, starter: shrimps, pickled anchovies and sardines in the manner of Chioggia (with raisins and pine kernel), first course: fusilli alla marinara (pasta with seafood), main course: mixed fried fish, vegetables in season, wine and water, fruit, coffee, cover and service. Arrival at the ISLAND OF ST FRANCIS OF THE DESERT, once known as the island of the cypresses (free offering for the monastery of Franciscan Friars). A legend tells how St. Francesco from Assisi rest here in the year 1220 escaping from a terrible tempest while he was coming back from the Holy Land.
05.30 pm: arrival in Fusina, disembarkation and and of the services.
Individuals: 70,00 € per person
Groups: 65,00 € per person (minimum 45 passengers)
Children: 0/5 years old are free – 6/12 years old 43,00 € per person.
The rate doesn’t include: entrance fees and everything not mentioned in the program.