With hundreds of bridges, small islands, and one dazzling lagoon to explore, Venice, Italy has always enchanted and confounded its travelers in equal measure. The city limits encompass 118 islands separated by 150 canals and can be difficult to navigate efficiently without expert guidance. Our interactive conversation is designed to provide an overview of the city's can't-miss highlights – which no trip could be complete without.
Our local expert will provide an introduction to more than ten must-see monuments – including the most beautiful panoramas, key museums, charismatic local neighborhoods, and iconic piazzas of the city – as well Dr. Steer's favorite places to enjoy a great coffee or cocktail. Our discussion will also include pointers as to how to efficiently navigate this car-free city – Dr. Steer will suggest strategies for visiting the major sites like St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s Palace while avoiding the longest lines and largest crowds. For those participants who plan to enjoy a longer stay in the city, our expert will provide a few suggestions for outstanding out-of-town excursions. During our time for questions she will be delighted to handle any questions – whether they are about history and culture, or more practical queries about hiring a gondola, tipping policies, or hotel locations.
Led by Dr. Susan Steer, an expert on Venice’s art and architecture and long-time Venice resident, this conversation will introduce more than ten of the city’s top monuments, museums, and experiences for those who are first-time visitors or who may not have been to Venice for a long time. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with ideas to ensure that they experience the very best of Venice's highlight attractions, even if they only have a short time in this extraordinary city.
Susan Steer PhD is an art historian specializing in Medieval and Renaissance Venice. Susan has an extensive teaching background, lecturing on Italian art for universities in the UK and in Italy. She has also worked as a paintings researcher at museums in the UK, and has published on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art in leading specialist journals. She has lived in Venice for over 20 years.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.