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Cultural Travels from Home: The Doge's Palace and La Serenissima

Thursday 12th May 11.30AM

We are delighted to announce this exclusive online event which will be available to watch live (although regrettably not on catch up, as recording is not permitted in the Doge's Palace).

SUMMARY: 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 live, extended* online guided tour of the Doge's Palace in Venice in the company of one of the city's best-known guides. We are most grateful to the President and the General Secretary of the Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia for allowing us to broadcast this special livestream tour and all bookings will include a donation / "virtual entrance ticket" which will help support the museum.

*this tour will last one hour 15 minutes

ITINERARY: Venice is famously known as “La Serenissima”. Yet the "most serene" state, whilst focussing her political approach on diplomacy and neutrality, was also keenly aware of her status as a dominant military and naval power.  We will explore the art and architecture of the Doge’s Palace through this narrative, exploring and unravelling the contradictory myth of Venice, where the virtues of political harmony are reflected through her vast reception rooms and canvases alongside the glories, triumphs and spoils of war.  Our tour will take in both the interior and exterior of the building with time taken to admire the magnificent Gothic façade dominating the Piazza San Marco. We will also have the opportunity to see a new exhibition of work by the contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer, a site-specific installation of paintings that responds to one of the most important spaces in the Palazzo Ducale - the monumental Sala dello Scrutinio - and to the history of Venice

The themes covered in this tour will be different from our 2021 itinerary although we will visit some of the same rooms.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION: This is a live event including interactive Q and A starting at 11.30am UK time. Tune in from anywhere in the world to participate. Recording is not permitted in the Doge's Palace so it is only possible to watch this event live, and not on catch up.

The tour lasts approximately 75 minutes and includes interactive Q&A throughout. Our events use the most up-to-date technology to provide you with the best possible virtual experience. You will feel as though you are exploring the museum yourself, accompanied by the running commentary given by our knowledgeable guide.

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


Further Information


1. BOOK.

Click on the gold “Book This Course/Event” button, fill in the online booking form and pay online. You will be notified automatically by email once your booking has been accepted.

Please ensure you enter your email address correctly, as your Zoom link will be sent to this address, thank you.

The participation fee is £15.00 per person, if making bookings for a number of people please provide their email addresses and book them as separate participants.


Download ZOOM once you have booked - please print/download the instructions in this downloadable link and read them carefully.  Zoom works best when using Google Chrome


You will receive an email approximately 24-48 hours in advance of the event asking you to register.** This is a privacy function enabling only registered participants to attend. After registering you will receive the Zoom log in link immediately both on your screen and by email, please keep it safe as you will need it to log in

** Please note that these details are sent out in office hours, so if you book on a weekend you may not receive them until Monday. You must register with the same name that you have booked under, otherwise you may not be able to watch. If you have not received your email confirmations, please check your ‘deleted items' and 'junk mail' folders.


Join the lecture at least ten minutes before it is scheduled to start, to ensure everything is working.

It is not permitted to make recordings in the Doge's Palace so it is only possible to watch live, and not on catch up. Please do not book if you are unable to join us live. Thank you! We regret we are unable to offer refunds but your place may be transferred to another attendee as long as we have their details at least 48 hours in advance of the event.

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

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping us so well informed and entertained throughout this year … this has certainly opened up a whole new genre of travel and learning ”

Mrs Y Dixon

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  • Exclusive broadcast from the Doge's Palace in Venice
  • Live, virtual guided tour with expert Venetian guide
  • Includes a new exhibition by Anselm Kiefer
  • Interactive Q&A throughout
  • Viewable from anywhere in the world
  • Includes virtual museum entry fee/donation



Booking is now closed.

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