- St Mark’s Basilica upper galleries
- Church of La Pietà with Vivaldi’s Museum
- Gran Teatro la Fenice
A MUSICAL JOURNEY IN VENICE
A MUSICAL JOURNEY IN VENICE – Painting and music went hand in hand in Renaissance Venice.
There are hundreds of paintings depicting men, women, angels singing or holding a in their hands.
For instance, in the huge ‘Procession in St Mark’s Square’ by Gentile Bellini (now at the Accademia Galleries), the Doge exits the Ducal Palace preceded by three players of harp, viola and lute. We’re in 1496.
All the numerous celebrations of the Serenissima Republic were accompanied by music, a symbol of beauty and harmony.
Musicians were frequently invited to play in private homes, as one can see in the witty paintings by Pietro Longhi.
Music and choirs praised the glory of God and cheered the atmosphere of the many churches during religious celebrations and solemn Masses.
The great lay confraternities, known as ‘scuole grandi’, also had their own music ensembles.
The foundling and orphan girls of the four public “Ospedali” received a superior musical education, and their performances became a tourist attraction in the 18th century.
Even gondoliers, while rowing, played their barcarolles, giving life to a classic music genre.
As Venice had become the capital of printing in the late decades of the 15th century, by the early 16th century it also became the most important center for music publishing.
The first music printer was Ottaviano Petrucci, that had a shop in St Mark Square since 1501.
- This tour lasts three hours and costs 330 euros up to six people (not per person), only private parties.
- For larger parties send us an email!
- St Mark’s priority entrance 7 euros per person;
- Pieta’ Church full visit 3 euro per person;
- Teatro La Fenice 12 euro full fare – 9 euro reduced fare
- No shorts, no sleeveless garments.
- Knee high & short sleeves are ok