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Bottega & Palazzo

From the time of Marco Polo, Venice was famous for its trade with the Far East, particularly in silk and spice. This detailed walking tour takes a closer look at the Venetian fabrics and perfume trade. First we'll visit the only bottega in Europe still using ancient looms, creating hand-cut velvets that can be seen even now. The bottega produces work seen in the Kremlin, Mariah Carey's New York apartment, and the catwalks of Dolce and Gabbana.

You will see clothing, handbags, and cushions made with luxurious velvets, damasks, and jacquards. Next you'll catch a glimpse of how these sumptuous fabrics were used in Venetian clothing and the home furnishings of a beautiful palazzo. We'll also be discussing local spice imports and perfume production, sampling various scents from a well-known Italian perfumer that is inspired by Venice.

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Venice
1 to 6 people
2.5 hours
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From the time of Marco Polo, Venice was famous for its trade with the Far East, particularly in silk and spice. This detailed walking tour takes a closer look at the Venetian fabrics and perfume trade. First we'll visit the only bottega in Europe still using ancient looms, creating hand-cut velvets that can be seen even now. The bottega produces work seen in the Kremlin, Mariah Carey's New York apartment, and the catwalks of Dolce and Gabbana.

You will see clothing, handbags, and cushions made with luxurious velvets, damasks, and jacquards. Next you'll catch a glimpse of how these sumptuous fabrics were used in Venetian clothing and the home furnishings of a beautiful palazzo. We'll also be discussing local spice imports and perfume production, sampling various scents from a well-known Italian perfumer that is inspired by Venice.

This story can be aranged as a standalone experience or we can organize it as part of a longer customized itinerary our team would craft for you. Once selected, the concierge team will work with you to discuss and plan a suitable program as per your requirements

Participants

Group size: 1 to 6 people Prior Experience: No specific experience or knowledge is required Family Friendly: yes, families are welcome

Timing & Duration

Duration: 2.5 hours Timing: 10am to 12:30pm

Practical

Etiquette: Large bags and backpacks are not permitted in museums. Knees and shoulders must be covered for entry into churches and synagogues. What to wear: Casual wear, comfortable walking shoes What to bring: No special requirements. Don't forget your camera and spare batteries, plugs may not be available

Availability

Frequency: Tuesday-Friday, subject to availability Lead time: 1 week

Small Print

Cancellation: CANCELLATION TERMS & CONDITIONS: Private Tours and Services - More than 28 days: a service fee of 100 euro will be charged. Less than 28 days, no-show, or non-arrival in time for departure: 100% of the tour price will be forfeited. Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before departure. Tours and services are non transferable. Custom Tour and Service Fees with Extensive Planning - More than 28 days: a service fee of 300 Euros will be charged. Less than 28 days: 100% of the tour price will be forfeited. Tour date/service changes: tours and services cannot be transferred or dates changed. Late Arrivals: there is a 100% charge, with no refunds, cancellations or exchanges. Tours and services are non transferable. Modifications: PLEASE NOTE: We are not always able to delay departure times due to late arrivals and we reserve the right to cancel your reservation if you do not arrive at the allocated meeting point for the stated departure time. Please contact us immediately if you know you are running late and we will let you know the options for that particular tour. Travel times in Venice in particular can be slow so please allow extra time to get to the tour meeting point. We suggest you arrive 10 minutes before the tour departure. Please take note of any extra terms or conditions that may appear with the individual tour descriptions. No Show: No refund

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An artisan bottega and aristocratic palazzo in Venice, Italy
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