The Venice of Faiths: a melting-pot of Peoples and Cultures.
This itinerary I suggest will take us to the discovery of the different religions that, over time, took part in the political and social life of Venice, greatly influencing its Art, Architecture and History.
In order to protect its maritime interests and boost trading, the Serenissima always welcomed in its capital city foreign communities from both the East and the West. The Republic would not only provide for the administration of Justice: it would also ensure respect of the individual and support the integration between communities, without distinction of language, customs or faith. Provided each person contributed with its work to the welfare of the city, all the while obeying the laws of the Republic (two “basic rules for living in Venice”) everyone was welcome. And so it happened that Armenians, Christians, Jews, Muslims and Orthodox found themselves living together in this city which, by its nature and vocation, has always been open to different cultures.
This itinerary will lead us to the discovery of the many traces left by the various religious communities in Venice. Venturing out into little-known streets and campos we will visit (for example) the famous Jewish Ghetto (the oldest in the world!), or take a quick glance at the beautiful Turkish Trade house (refuge and prison of the Muslim community). We will then roam the area assigned to the Protestant merchants, progressively reaching enchanting monuments such as the church of San Giorgio dei Greci (the main center for the Orthodox community to this day). In the afternoon, after a short but fascinating waterbus ride, we will lastly visit the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni. There we will cross the threshold of its 18th Century Mechitarist Monastery to discover the many, unexpected treasures collected therein by the Armenian fathers and their visitors over time …
DURATION: Full day (6-8 h).
PRICE 1-4 PEOPLE: 360€ total.
EVERY EXTRA PERSON: +20€ per person.
PICK UP: Hotel/Port/Airport/Train Station or at the meeting point of your choice.
PLEASE NOTE: Price does not include waterbus tickets (€8 per person one way ticket/ 20€ per person 24-hr-ticket), entrance ticket to the Mechitarist Monastery (6€ per person) or lunch.