Maker Tourism – Venice Edition

Experience Venice as few have done before — through working beside gifted Italian artisans and through intimate sessions with Venetian educators.  Over six days, we will participate in various workshops: jewelry making, print making, letterpress design, mask painting, local food/wine education and numerous insider tours of artisans’ workshops plus museum visits. If you want an immersive cultural and educational experience and crave authenticity like me, this will be a one-of-a-kind travel experience of enrichment. From my experience leading tours, we will also connect meaningfully with one another. We’ll infuse our breakfast time with chats on how to align our businesses and lives with our values and aspirations, then talk social media how-tos over evening spritzes.

Join a curated group of creatives for the Ultimate Venetian Maker Experience

My recent trips to Venice sparked the idea of curating an immersive experience for my friends and clients of what I love most about the city, its ephemeral beauty, creativity and artistry. On my exclusive Trim Queen Maker Tour you will fill your head and heart daily with museum tours, maker tours of ateliers with hands-on workshops, and local dining (without hoards of tourists since it’s not high season.) One thing I find on my tours is that whether an introvert or extrovert, attendees share a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world, and a desire to live life to the maximum. We’ll follow a roving Opera as it unfolds in a 17th-century palazzo, and you can experience Vivaldi chamber music or hear Chopin at La Fenice. Our closing event is a tour of a couture atelier where we’ll create our own Carnivale moment, dressing up to promenade for a photoshoot. YOLO right? In Italian we say, “Si vive solo una volta”!!

Meet your expert Venetian guides – Romena, Luisella & Me!

A Rich Itinerary for 8 Authenticity-Seekers

Experience is an interior decoration.

Day 1 Orientation: Check in to your four-star hotel in a 15th-century renovated palazzo, meet and greet, and board a private boat for a Grand Canal Tour. We’ll dip into the history of local delicacies while enjoying a wine and cichetti tasting. You can cap off the eve with a Chopin performance at La Fenice (optional.)

Day 2 San Marco & Cannaregio: Enjoy the breakfast bar at the hotel, then take the vaporetto (water bus) to Piazza San Marco for a docent tour of the Secret Itineraries of the Doge’s Palace and Basilica. After a light lunch we’ll tour the original Jewish Ghetto and visit the creative district. We’ll do a workshop in print making, learn about letterpress and gondola making. There will be some free time to shop or get lost (it’s part of the experience) and converge for a casual dinner in the quarter with a night cap at our hotel.

Day 3 Textile History: Docent museum tour exploring The Silk Road and history of Venetian textiles. We’ll visit Palazzo Fortuny to study his work during La Belle Epoque. Break for lunch and shopping. Meet at a treasured 16th-century silk velvet factory. Then, visit a Venetian mask atelier using textiles and trims to create works of art where we’ll design masks. We’ll end the day with a local dinner and a roving Opera performance of La Traviata with a prosecco intermission.

Day 4 Glass and Lace: We’ll travel to the outer island of Murano to visit a glass factory and laboratory, do a jewelry making workshop and meet a high end lighting designer at her studio.  We’ll take a private boat to tour colorful Burano and visit the Lace Museum to watch artisan demonstrations.  We’ll end our island day at an exclusive boutique hotel with award-winning farm to table fine dining. Private boat back to our hotel under the stars and Venetian lights.

Day 5 L’Accademia: A morning tour of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum with a docent who specializes in contemporary art. Intimate and delicious lunch at the museum. Break for neighborhood exploration and shopping, then meet for a Venetian mask history lesson and painting workshop. We’ll take a gondola excursion of the Accademia quarter followed by a free night or dutch dinner, and optional Vivaldi concert.

Day 6 Venetian Style Finale: After hotel check out, we’ll depart for an exclusive costume atelier tour, and personal costume fitting. Hair and makeup prep will have us photo-ready to do an impromptu Carnivale-inspired promenade, captured by a professional photographer.  Closing lunch and good byes.

It will be my delight and honor to host you for Maker Tourism – Venice Edition.

Serious inquires only, email me for further information.


Studying at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice influenced my career in the decorative arts. I have worked and traveled in Italy for 30 years, speaking the language, and connecting with artisans, designers, and factories. In the US, I have co-chaired the New York City WithIt Design Tour for the last ten years and run successful Insider’s Tours during High Point Market. Leading tours has become a part of my business that I enjoy most by connecting people and unique sources while creating joyful experiences that empower, inspire, and enrich.

Lisa Mende, Moneshia Zu Eltz, Jana Platina Phipps, Silvana DiquiGiovanni, Jeanne Chung Venice January 2019

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