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A Mystical Magical Night in Venice

Grand Canal and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy

Grand Canal

Venice, Italy, a city that is the epitome of mystical and magical.  Including Venice as a port of call on a luxury yacht charter; adds that little extra bit of sparkle to any yacht charter itinerary.  And for a sprinkle of superb on top of mystical and magical, allow Northrop and Johnson Yacht Charters to arrange a private visit after dark to the famous St. Mark’s Cathedral for a viewing of the extraordinary gold mosaic ceiling by spotlight. And after, a private dinner, in the historic Palazzo Nani Bernardo, built on the Grand Canal in 1550.

st-marks-cathedral, venice Italy

St. Mark’s Cathedral, Venice Italy

Anchoring the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, and adjacent to the Doge’s Palace is the Cathedral of St. Mark.  St. Mark’s Cathedral is considered today to be a prime example of Italo-Byzantine Architecture. Within, the ceilings and upper walls are covered with gold backed glass tile mosaics giving this cathedral the nickname of Chiesa d’Oro (Church of Gold).  It is these fabulous gold glass tile mosaics depicting religious stories and symbols that are so extraordinary and unique to St. Mark’s.  Each small tile was backed with gold leaf or gold powder and then cut on the surface and laid unevenly in the plaster behind so that each tile with gold backing would better reflect light to add brightness to the interior of the cathedral.  A very busy church in the daytime, visited by long lines of tourists; at night, a private viewing can be arranged to meet a church priest at a private side entrance.  Once inside the dark interior, with a flip of a switch to turn on a series of spotlights, the entire gold mosaic ceiling will suddenly and completely come alive.  This is an awe inspiring sight that few have ever seen.

St Mark's Square, Venice Italy

St Mark’s Square, Venice Italy

Exiting the Cathedral, board a luxury water taxi waiting for you on the Grand Canal for a cruise to the water entrance of Palazzo Nani Bernardo.  Enter the Palazzo, just as everyone else has over the centuries, through the front doors on the Grand Canal.  This historic Palazzo is filled with antiques, Murano glass chandeliers and mirrors.  Enjoy cocktails in the beautiful garden, and a private catered dinner in the Piano Nobile, just as wealthy Venetians have over many centuries.

venice, Italy gondola

Gondola In Venice

As with any special event, reservations must be made well in advance.  So be sure to ask about a private spot lit viewing of the gold tiled ceiling of St. Mark’s Cathedral and dinner in a private 16th century palazzo on the Grand Canal, when organizing your luxury #yachtcharter visit to Venice, Italy.

Venice, Italy Waterfront

Venice, Italy Waterfront

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