An Introduction to Venice with Matteo Gabbrielli

An Introduction to Venice with Matteo Gabbrielli


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Venice is a destination on many travelers’ lists, whether for the first time or for an avid returnee. Is there a “right” way or a “better” way to understand Venice? This conversation will show participants how to visit Venice with new eyes, thanks to a simple five-part approach.

The first of our five sections to our “Introduction to Venice” seminar is geography as we discuss the Venetian Lagoon and its evolution. We will discuss how to reach Venice and the best ways to move around the city and the lagoon. We’ll move on to discuss the historic origins of this majestic city, its rise in the Middle Ages, the apogee during the Renaissance, followed by its decline and fall. We’ll also spend some time exploring the stunning cultural sites and museums on offer in the city.

Our Conversation will turn to talk about the economy of Venice as we discuss international trade, local production, and how to discover authentic Venetian artisans. We’ll move to an exploration of Venice’s architecture over the years as we analyze the range of styles that bless the city. As we conclude, we’ll learn about the everyday tips for visitors to Venice, such as where to stay, what to eat, and how to be a responsible traveler. Of course, there will be time to answer burning questions at the end such as ‘is Venice really sinking?’

Led by a Venetian resident and licensed tour guide, Matteo Gabbrielli, this interactive seminar will provide a general introduction for any Venice visitors. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased desire to know more about the multicultural history of Venice.

Originally from Venetian mainland, Matteo has lived in different countries, which sparked his interest in art history and archaeology. He holds a B.A. in Cultural Heritage Preservation and an M.A. in Archaeology from the University Ca' Foscari, Venezia. He specialized in Islamic Archaeology with a thesis on Medieval Egyptian ceramics, focusing on the sherds found at the Italian & Egyptian Center for Restoration and Archaeology (CIERA) in Cairo. Matteo chose to specialize in Islamic Archaeology, due to his personal passion and curiosity for the Islamic World: this particular interest was developed after several travels and stays in different Middle Eastern countries. He works as a freelance archaeologist following projects in different locations of the Veneto and also teaches history courses in local schools. In addition, he continues a close collaboration with the CIERA where he is involved in leading archaeological excavations.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Travel to Venice with Matteo

A great seminar if you are planning a trip to Venice. Mattel presented a historical overview of Venice and then filled the time with wonderful practical travel tips, highlighting places to see without the crowds.

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A.C.
Great Introduction to Venice~

Matteo is a great tour guide. He covered many aspects of a visit to Venice and now, I cannot wait to go!

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P.M.
Bellissimo

Visiting Venice has been on my bucket list for a long time. This was (as advertised) a wonderful introduction to the city and the region. A little geography, a little history and a lot of background. Wonderful tips for visiting. The presentation was concise and Matteo was charming

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S.C.
Fascinating lecture!

Matteo presents material clearly, succinctly, & engagingly. I enjoyed every aspect of his lecture.

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Excellent presentation

A comprehensive and enjoyable introduction to Venice!

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
100%
(7)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
S
S.G.
Travel to Venice with Matteo

A great seminar if you are planning a trip to Venice. Mattel presented a historical overview of Venice and then filled the time with wonderful practical travel tips, highlighting places to see without the crowds.

A
A.C.
Great Introduction to Venice~

Matteo is a great tour guide. He covered many aspects of a visit to Venice and now, I cannot wait to go!

P
P.M.
Bellissimo

Visiting Venice has been on my bucket list for a long time. This was (as advertised) a wonderful introduction to the city and the region. A little geography, a little history and a lot of background. Wonderful tips for visiting. The presentation was concise and Matteo was charming

S
S.C.
Fascinating lecture!

Matteo presents material clearly, succinctly, & engagingly. I enjoyed every aspect of his lecture.

N
N.
Excellent presentation

A comprehensive and enjoyable introduction to Venice!