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Your 8-day Venice Workation package is an introduction to beauty, prestige, and glamor around the famous canals as you balance work with the finer passions of life. Find the pace that suits you as you explore iconic sites and famous artwork with a focus on your best work-life balance.
This is a sample itinerary to inspire a personalized trip designed with your travel specialist
Venice can feel magical with its mixture of cobblestone lanes and narrow canals, arching bridges and opulent marble palaces rising out of the water. When you arrive at the airport, your Workation representative will meet you and travel with you to your accommodation in the heart of the historic city on the lagoon. You can take your time settling into your new home for the week that has been pre-verified to include all the amenities you need to connect to work, family, and friends back home to optimize your experience.
With time left in the day to explore, you can wander around the epic grandeur, where hidden backstreets give way to quiet churches filled with priceless marble and frescoes painted by master Renaissance artists. Venice can feel like a buried treasure, and every time you dig, you reveal another layer gem endlessly hidden from travelers who only spend a day in the city
Arrive in Venice and take time to enjoy your new home for the week by exploring your neighborhood and the views of the canals. Set your timer for five minutes and just enjoy the view and sounds of the city.
Properly settle into the island by trying a traditional dish in a local restaurant like Risi i Bisi or Baccala’ Mantecato.
Your true exploration of Venice will start with a full day to discover the history, intentions, and meaning behind the city’s glamorous facade. Lifestyle can feel like an art as you walk with your guide through St. Mark’s Square. The basilica is open for mass on Sunday’s but opens to visitors in the afternoon, allowing you to view the magnificent golden touches of the exterior mosaics that line the half-domes of the entryway. The combination of domes and arches reflects the Byzantine style and history of the structure dating back to the 11th century CE.
The Doge’s Palace shares the fascinating past of the empire’s seat of power within the walls of the typical Venetian Gothic design. Follow your guide through the opulent rooms filled with paintings by great artists of the time such as Veronese, Titian, and Bellini. You can also find the more overlooked period of the city’s struggle against Austrian rule in the 19th century inside the Museo del Risorgimento.
Pay attention to the sounds and smells during your tour of the city. What becomes your favorite sensory detail?
Enjoy the Secret Tour of the Doge’s Palace to find hidden details and histories of the city.
Create a ritual that will help you ease into work at the start of the day and step away from the focus of projects at the end of the day. A simple idea, from putting intention into your first cup of coffee to lighting a candle to signify the completion of a project will help you succeed in working from a new space. When it’s time to clock out, you can enjoy a pre-scheduled visit to the famous islands of Murano and Burano.
When visiting Burano, you can find colorful homes lining the quiet canal. It can feel like one of Venice’s smaller neighborhoods but more serene, with a skyline punctuated by the leaning bell tower. The island is known for its lace and the traditions of women who would sew while their fishermen husbands took to the sea. On Murano, you can explore the island famous for its glass production. The church and surrounding piazza act as the center of community life but the spirit emerges from the artisan studios where the glassblowers tend to the art craft of heating, blowing, and shaping the soda-lime that can reach temperatures up to 1,040 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you have time, visit the Libreria Acqua Alta bookstore.
At the end of your tour, find a great cafe overlooking the canals. Spend two minutes thinking about your favorite thing about visiting Murano or Burano islands. Focus on the reasons you enjoyed that thing most.
You will once more start your day with a new ritual that can help you focus on the work you need to complete during your Workation. After the workday is finished, you can set out on a cicchetti tour to experience the traditional flavors of Venice like a local.
Customary bars serve small dishes accompanied by drinks favored by Venetians, such as local wine or an aperol spritz cocktail. Taking part in a cicchetti tour is like participating in a happy hour back home but with dishes that focus on local, seasonal ingredients part of the city’s broader heritage. The ambiance shared by other professionals enjoying the division between work and life adds to the flavor of the food with bars serving dishes like fritto misto or sweet fritole.
Focus: Concentrate on the color of the flavors that stand out most in your mind. Close your eyes before you leave and memorize them. Try to recall the flavors after you return to your accommodation. Can you taste it? Does it give you the same sensation?
Suggestion: Typical dishes include fried meatballs and sardines in an onion and vinegar sauce.
Complete your ritual to end your workday and take the fast train to Padua for a fun and exciting excursion out of the city. The neighbor has a remarkable history often intertwined with the Venetian empire due to its strategic military position and industrial focus, as well as being home to Italy’s second-oldest university. When you arrive, you may notice the domes of the Basilica di Sant’Antonio shaping the skyline, adding 13th-century opulence above pillars blending Romanesque, gothic, and Byzantine features.
The city is also known for the Cappella degli Scrovengi, a small chapel of little renown on the outside but decorated from base to ceiling with frescoes painted by the master artist Giotto. Biblical figures take humanistic form and inspired the likes of Michelangelo and da Vinci propelling the ideas of the Renaissance. You can find the preserved characteristics highlighted in frescoes like Kiss of Judas and the Lamentation.
Listen to the sound of the train as it travels through the countryside. Set your timer and don’t move for five minutes. Relax, disconnect, and enjoy the ultimate ambiance of the Italian ride between cities.
Visit the Piazza dei Signori and Palazzo della Ragione. Life continues to fill the public plaza.
During your time in Venice, you will discover that it is not one whole city but a collection of islands and each neighborhood has its own personality. After work, you can explore more of the individual characteristics that make each of the six neighborhoods special beyond the fame and glitz of the San Marco district.
For a pleasant evening walk and the feeling of a traditional passeggiata, the stroll Italians often take after dinner, you can wander through the Castello neighborhood. Much of the city’s maritime history can come to life as you walk along the remains of the shipbuilding warehouses that can lead to the Venice Naval History Museum which shares artifacts and explanations of the empire’s seafaring power in the collection of shipbuilding material and model barges. If you visit the Dorsoduro neighborhood, you may find artisan gondola makers continuing their work of hand carving and shaping a gondola using techniques dating back centuries.
Find the first ghetto walls in La Giudecca. Search for the layers in the neighborhood. Does it feel different? What makes it different?
Don’t miss dishes specific to the La Giudecca neighborhood, like tuna tartare with pistachios and leaks.
With your final full day in Venice, you can call it quits at work and visit the Galleria dell’Accademia. The remarkable museum shares the foundations of the Venetian Renaissance featuring important names like Titian and Tiepolo across a collection spanning the 13th to the 17th centuries CE. Figures captured in oil, religious masterpieces restored to perfection, and historical scenes that depict the all-powerful Venetian Republic. The grandeur of the exterior palaces spreads through the interior creating a space perfect for displaying opulent and grand imperial masterpieces.
Venture out into the canals when you are ready with a pre-booked gondola ride away from the hustle and bustle of the Grand Canal. The quieter backroads offer a more serene experience where you can hear the sounds of the lapping water, enjoy the conversations in the homes as you pass, or and linger quietly beneath the towering architecture on either side of you.
During your gondola ride, what do you notice about the water and the overall ambiance of the setting? Find five characteristics that stick out to you. What do you remember when you return to your accommodation?
Take a gondola ride away from the Grand Canal. You’ll see more and have a more enjoyable experience without the crowds.
Depending on the time of your flight, you can enjoy the morning and afternoon however you’d like. Visit the Fondazione Querini Stampalia to see the palatial lifestyle of an 18th-century CE Venetian aristocrat or explore Venice’s oldest Jewish synagogues in the former ghetto.
Relax with a visit to your favorite cafe for an espresso and pastry or enjoy the views to the canals from your favorite viewpoint. Your Workation representative will meet you at your accommodation with plenty of time to travel to the airport and check in for your flight.
If you have time in the morning, visit the Lido neighborhood before your flight home. How does this neighborhood differ from those in the historic center?
Venice airport is one of the largest airports in Italy. You will most likely have great flexibility for flights in and out of Venice airport.
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