MADDALENA SCIMEMI, Faculty Director - UVA School of Architecture's Venice Program

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$5,795 per person, double occupancy, land only.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $995 to the per person, double occupancy rates.


Meet up with faculty and students on UVA’s School of Architecture Venice program and delve into the history of the Veneto’s most prominent villas and churches during this week-long exploration of Palladian masterpieces. Discover (again or for the first time) the rich tapestry of artistic and architectural marvels of Venice and Vicenza. This trip is made especially memorable by visits with UVA School of Architecture students studying abroad in Venice and a private evening tour and special dinner for former “Wahoos” in Palladio’s own Villa La Rotonda to celebrate the School’s 100th Anniversary!

Program Highlights

  • Enjoy top-rated and well-situated hotels in Venice and Vicenza
  • Take time to explore the intricate details of several Palladian structures and, by special permission, tour the private villas of the Valmarana ai Nani and Arvedi families
  • Appreciate the majesty of St. Mark’s Basilica during an exclusive, after-hours visit, privately arranged for UVA travelers


MADDALENA SCIMEMI, Faculty Director - UVA School of Architecture's Venice Program

Maddalena Scimemi has been the Resident Director of the UVA School of Architecture’s Venice Program since 2013. She is professor of History of Contemporary Architecture at the School of Architecture of the University of Roma Tre (Rome) and at the University of the San Marino Republic. She graduated in Architecture from the University Iuav of Venice, where she earned her PhD. in History of Architecture and City Planning (2003), on the work of Antoni da Sangallo the Younger. She has collaborated with the Projects Archive of the Iuav University of Venice, the International Center for Architectural Studies Andrea Palladio of Vicenza and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Venice International University. She is a curator of architecture and photography exhibitions of contemporary architecture and has published her studies in Italy and abroad, in volumes and specialized magazines. Her research and publications are dedicated both to Early Cinquecento Roman Architecture and to the European Contemporary debate, with special concern with the Italian and British 2nd post-war architectural context.


DAY 1 - Monday, October 14, 2019

Depart on independent, overnight flights to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)

DAY 2 - Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Palazzo Sant'Angelo (or similar), Venice

  • Doge's Palace
    Doge’s Palace

    Upon arrival at the Venice airport, join a group transfer by private water taxis to our hotel Palazzo Sant’Angelo * to check in.

  • Later this afternoon, join an optional guided tour of the Doge’s Palace, one of Venice’s most well-known edifices and an archetype of Gothic architecture.
  • Gather for a welcome dinner at a modern Venetian restaurant housed in a 16th-century palazzo to celebrate the group’s arrival in Italy.
  • Conclude the evening with a private, after-hours visit to St. Mark’s Basilica, which will be opened exclusively for our group. See the incredible mosaics and countless art treasures without any of the usual crowds!

Dinner (D)

DAY 3 - Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Palazzo Sant'Angelo (or similar), Venice

  • Attend an optional lecture at the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista (the UVA in Venice campus), which dates back to the 13th century and features an impressive range of artwork in Gothic, Renaissance and Venetian styles
  • Visit the Basilica di San Pietro di Castello, historically a center of political, social and religious importance in the city. Proceed to the island of Giudecca to view the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, known in Italian as Il Redentore. Designed by Palladio in the 16th century, il Redentore was built to thank God for the deliverance of Venice from a major outbreak of the plague.
  • Pause for a gourmet lunch on Giudecca before transferring by boat to another one of Venice’s peripheral islands.
  • Visit the island of San Giorgio to see the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, designed by Palladio in the 1560s. Completed thirty years after Palladio’s death, the church’s brilliant white marble façade shines over the Venetian Lagoon.
  • Return to the hotel before a free evening and dinner.


DAY 4 - Thursday, October 17, 2019

Palazzo Sant'Angelo (or similar), Venice

  • The day begins with guided walking tour with students and faculty from the UVA in Venice program. Notable stops include the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, home to an impressive collection of classical texts, and the church of San Francesco della Vigna, with its austere Palladian façade.
  • Break for lunch as a group and then proceed to the Palazzo Grimani State Museum. Admire the 16th-century palace courtyard and special exhibitions on display.
  • The day ends with a tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, one of Italy’s best groupings of modern art still housed in Peggy’s remarkable former home overlooking the Grand Canal.
  • Dinner this evening is independent.


DAY 5 - Friday, October 18, 2019

Hotel Palladio, Vicenza

  • La Malcontenta, Villa Foscari
    La Malcontenta, Villa Foscari

    Following breakfast at the hotel, depart by private water taxi to meet the private coach that will take our group and the UVA students to Villa Foscari, also known as “La Malcontenta.”

  • Tour the patrician villa, commissioned by brothers Nicolo and Luigi Foscari in the mid-16th century. Discover architectural intricacies and artistic masterpieces, including the breathtaking frescoes preserved within the villa.
  • Continue to Vicenza for a relaxed group lunch in a cozy, family-run trattoria. Following lunch, check into the Hotel Palladio and enjoy free time to explore the city.
  • Reconvene in the late afternoon for a walking tour, stopping in the Piazza dei Signori to visit the Basilica Palladiana, before attending a reception on the Basilica Terrace, with vast views of the cityscape.
  • The rest of the evening is at leisure and and dinner is on your own.

(B,L, Reception)

DAY 6 - Saturday, October 19, 2019

Hotel Palladio, Vicenza

  • Start the morning with a visit to Palladio’s last project, the Teatro Olimpico, which was completed in 1585 after his death. Take time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site, which is still used today for musical and theatrical performances.
  • Tour the Palazzo Barbaran da Porto, home to the Palladio Museum and the Andrea Palladio International Center for Architectural Studies.
  • This afternoon, venture into the Monte Berico Hills for a visit to the Villa Valmarana ai Nani where the owner will show us precious Tiepolo frescoes, talk about her family’s rich heritage and join us for a luncheon of regional specialties.
  • After lunch, return to Vicenza for a free afternoon.
  • This evening, gather outside Vicenza at Villa La Rotonda for a special 100th Anniversary Celebration of the UVA School of Architecture. The Valmarana family will guide our group through the villa before a lovely sit-down dinner with A-school alumni and friends from all over the globe.


DAY 7 - Sunday, October 20, 2019

Hotel Palladio, Vicenza

  • This morning, travel through the Veneto countryside for a day visiting villas and lovely villages. First, tour the Palladian Villas Cornaro and Emo, both of which were lived in well into the 21st century.
  • Travel to the nearby walled city of Castelfranco, where you will enjoy a memorable lunch at All’Antico Girone, one of the city’s finest restaurants. Visit the Duomo of Castelfranco to view its spectacular Giorgione altarpiece before departing for Villa Barbaro.
  • Finish the day with a visit to the amazing Villa Barbaro, famous for its masterful frescoes by Veronese and its divine church, the Tempietto Barbaro, one of Palladio’s last masterpieces.
  • Dinner is independent back in Vicenza.


DAY 8 - Monday, October 21, 2019

Hotel Palladio, Vicenza

  • Verona Arena
    Verona Arena

    Today’s touring begins with an escape into the rolling hills of the province of Verona, with their picturesque castles, villas and wine estates. First visit Villa Arvedi, where the Count Arvedi will share his magnificent home and gardens with us. Stroll through the enchanting gardens and marvel at one of the finest parterres in Italy.

  • Enter the town of Verona, where our local guide will lead the group in a walking tour of the city center. Break for an independent lunch and time to explore independently.
  • On the way back to Vicenza, stop for a wine tasting in an historic villa-turned-winery, sampling the Valpolicella region’s finest offerings.
  • Enjoy free time this evening before gathering once more for a farewell dinner celebrating a week of history, art and architecture in the Veneto.

(B, Wine Tasting, L)

DAY 9 - Tuesday, October 22, 2019

  • Transfer by private coach to the Venice airport for independent flights home.



  • Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal (or similar), Venice
  • Hotel Palladio, Vicenza


  • Breakfast Daily (B)
  • Five (5) Lunches (L)
  • Three (3) Dinners (D)
  • One (1) Reception (R)
  • One (1) Wine Tasting (WT)

Program Fees

$5,795 per person, double occupancy, land only.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $995 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Price includes:

  • Hotel accommodations as listed in the itinerary; entrance fees to all sites and and private homes as outlined in itinerary; transportation by private water taxis for sightseeing activities in Venice and deluxe private motor coach for daily excursions by land;
  • breakfast daily, five (5) lunches, three (3) dinners, one (1) reception, and one (1) wine tasting; one (1) glass of wine with included lunches, two (2) glasses of wine with included dinners, and coffee, tea, and mineral water served with all meals;
  • expert, local English-speaking guides for planned sightseeing;
  • services of an Italian-speaking IDSI Tour Manager;
  • handling of two (2) pieces of luggage per person upon arrival and departure at the hotels;
  • group transfers upon arrival and departure as outlined in the itinerary;
  • gratuities for guides and motor coach drivers;
  • bottled water on private motor coach;
  • taxes and service fees.

Does not include:

  • Airfare, airline taxes and fuel surcharges;
  • individual transfers to and from the airports for those not using group transfers; excursions, activities, or meals marked optional on the itinerary; personal items;
  • personal services; travel extensions;
  • personal insurance for health, baggage and tour cancellation;
  • gratuities for hotel housekeeping;
  • any other items not specifically included in the itinerary.

General Terms & Conditions

International Seminar Design, Inc. (ISDI) and UVA reserve the right to cancel any tour prior to departure for any reason including insufficient numbers of participants, as well as the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the tour at any time. If bookings fall below the minimum required, participants will be advised of additional surcharge before departure date. All cancellations must be received in writing by ISDI, and charges are calculated as of the day notification is received in writing by ISDI. If a tour member cancels, the following scale of charges is incurred: There is a non-refundable administrative fee of $500 per person. Written cancellation received by ISDI on or before Friday, July 5, 2019: full refund minus $500 per person administrative fee. Written cancellation received by ISDI between Saturday, July 6 and Friday, August 30, 2019: full refund of any recoverable land costs, less $2,750 per-person cancellation charge (includes administrative fee). Written cancellation received by ISDI on or after Saturday, August 31, 2019: no refund. After the tour has commenced, it is not possible to issue any refunds. No refunds are issued for any unused portion of the tour including, but not limited to, occasional missed meals or sightseeing tours. Costs for promotion, staff, and other group expenses are not refundable. If due to weather, flight schedules, or other uncontrollable factors you are required to spend an additional night, you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers, and meal costs. In the case of cancellation, substitutions are not acceptable. The tour cost is non-transferable. Tour cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance is strongly recommended. A confirmation letter and travel insurance application will be mailed to you upon receipt of your deposit. © 2018-2019 International Seminar Design, Inc. / CST 2072963-40