Cultural Travels from Home: Venice by Boat – A Cruise along the Grand Canal

Tuesday 30th May 6.00PM BST


In our series of online webinars, we visit artists, art historians and guides in cultural cities around the world and enjoy an hour’s guided tour, museum visit or demonstration. The visits are live and interactive, allowing you to ask questions. These webinars will enable you to gain special access to sites, studios and galleries whilst at the same time providing a wonderful opportunity to travel virtually from home, no matter your location.

Today we enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Grand Canal in Venice in the company of Dr Luisella Romeo, one of the city’s most authoritative and popular guides. The tour will be broadcast from a private boat and at twilight, one of the most evocative times of the day.

We will start from the upper stretch of the Grand Canal near the train station, passing the churches of San Simeone Piccolo and San Stae, the Bevilacqua textile factory, and the Fondaco dei Turchi, a good example of the indigenous Venetian casa fondaco, in other words a building with a dual commercial/residential function. We will admire the facades of many splendid palaces, from the Ca’ Pesaro to the Ca’ d’Oro, famous for its intricate Gothic tracery and now the home of the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti. After sailing under the Rialto, Venice’s most famous bridge, we will pass the university and the magnificent façade of the Ca’ Rezzonico, whose many illustrious owners included Giambattista Rezzonico, brother of Pope Clement XIII, and Robert Browning.  After passing under the Accademia Bridge we’ll sail towards Baldessare Longhena’s iconic Santa Maria della Salute and finally into the San Marco basin, where we can admire the Doge’s Palace and domes of the Basilica di San Marco as the light gently starts to fade .

This will be a beautiful, unique and very relaxing way to enjoy the city from home!

The tour is interactive, so you will be able to put questions to our guide throughout the visit.


This is a live event starting at 6.00pm (UK time).  It will last approximately one hour including interactive Q&A. Tune in live from anywhere in the world, or if you cannot participate live, you will automatically be sent a recording soon after the end of the session enabling you to watch later that day or during the following 2 days. Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live, and it is not possible to purchase a recording after booking has closed.

Booking closes the day before the event is streamed. Please refer to the Further Information panel below.

Further Information


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The participation fee is £10 per person, if making bookings for a number of people please provide their email addresses and book them as separate participants.


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Join the lecture a few minutes before it is scheduled to start, to ensure everything is working.

If you are not able to watch the lecture at the time it is live-streamed, you can watch on catch up. Just book online as normal and you will be contacted soon after the event with instructions on how to access the recording. This will be available to watch on catch up later that evening and for the following 2 days. You do not need to advise us if you can’t participate live, don’t worry! Please note, the recording is only available to those who have not been able to participate live, and it is not possible to purchase a recording after booking has closed

Bookings close the day before the lecture is streamed.

Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for booking this event. We regret that we are unable to offer technical support with Zoom but tips can be found in the attachment. If you would like to book more than one event, please book separately for each lecture that you would like to attend, thank you. If you are booking for more than one person, it is important that you include their email address so that we can send them the lecture link too. We regret we are unable to offer refunds but don’t worry if you are not able to attend, as we will send you the recording link.

Image: Venice, the Grand Canal with Santa Maria della Salute. Credit Banet12