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Best things to do in Venice, Italy
Best things to do in Venice, Italy

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Carnival of Venice

The Carnival of Venice is an annual festival. Carnival starts around two weeks before Ash Wednesday and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday. You can rent costumes and masks and take part in its famous festival.

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Festa della Sensa

Venice is a city full of traditions. One of the more famous is the Festa della Sensa (Feast of the Ascension) in which the wedding between the Duke, the former Governor of the Venetian Republic, and the Sea is represented in the so called Sposalizio del Mare.

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Vogalonga

The Vogalonga is a non-competitive regatta which began in 1975, when a group of Venetians, in a protest against the damage caused by use of power boats in the historic city created this event. The Vogalonga 2014 will be on on Sunday, June 8th.

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Regata Storica in Venice

The Regata Storica is the main event in the annual "Voga alla Veneta" calendar. This unique sport has been practised in the Venetian lagoon for thousands of years and today it is well-known for the spectacular historical water pageant that precedes the race.

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Festa del Redentore in Venice

The Redentore is one of the Venetians' most treasured festivities, and is a tourist attraction thanks to the spectacular firework display. It falls on the third Sunday in July, when Holy Mass is held in the presence of the Patriarch, followed by a religious procession.

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Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale is a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years (in odd years) in Venice. The Venice Film Festival is part of it, as is the Venice Biennale of Architecture, which is held in even years.

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Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival or Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica di Venezia is the oldest film festival in the world. Founded by Count Volpi in 1932, the festival has since taken place every year in late August or early September on the Lido island.

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Venice Murano Glass

The Venice Murano Glass is a type of glass object made in Venice, primarily on the island of Murano. It is world-renowned for being colourful, elaborate, and skillfully made. Many of the important characteristics of these objects had been developed by the thirteenth century. Toward the end of that century, the centre of the Venetian glass industry moved to Murano.

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Things to do in Venice, Italy

Leisure activities list of what to do in Venice and nearby islands, including entertainment tips, romantic places, activities for children, themed itineraries and shopping.

  • Take a gondola ride through the canals of Venice. It’s better take a gondola ride on the quiet, back canals than on the crowded Grand Canal. The official rates are €80 ($104) for up to 6 people for a 40 minutes ride; additional 20 minutes increments cost €40.
  • A walk along the Zattere promenade. The Zattere runs the length of the south side of Dorsoduro district along the Canale della Giudecca. The promenade offers splendid views over to the Giudecca island and a wonderfull ice-creams in Nico’s Gianduiotto.
  • On the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the bell tower (campanile) offers spectacular views over Venice and it's lagoon, and has a lift to the top.
  • Take a free guided tour of Basilica San Marco with biblical interpretation of the mosaics (booking phone: +39 041 241 38 17).
  • Take a guided tour of the secret trails at Palazzo Ducale (booking phone: +39 041 42 73 08 92).
  • Take a guided tour at the Ca’ Foscari University, in a famous building overlooking the Canal Grande, considered among the finest examples of Venetian Gothic architecture.
  • Take a guided tour of Wagner halls in Ca’ Vendramin Calergi Palace (booking phone: +39 338 416 41 74).
  • Visit the machines of Leonardo da Vinci at Chiesa di San Barnaba, different models faithfully reproduced from the original drawings.
  • Try a Spritz, the most popular drink in Venice, a mix of wine, seltzer, and liquer. A good place is just off the Rialto Bridge.
  • Dinner at a restaurant with magnificent views over the Canal Grande or Canale della Giudecca.
  • Go see some opera at Teatro La Fenice (Campo San Fantin).
  • Enjoy a classical music concert with orchestra and singers in XVIII century costumes in Scuola Grande di San Teodoro (Campo San Salvador).
  • Enjoy "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi, the great venetian composer, in Ateneo di San Basso (Piazzetta dei Leoncini).
  • Enjoy a choir show at Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Miracoli with a programme performed by various choirs.
  • Enjoy music in masks: musicians and singers offer the most beatiful opera arias embellished by 18th century costumes and handcrafted masks at Scuola Grande dei Carmini (Campo Santa Margherita).
  • Enjoy music at the palace: Musical evenings in the atmosphere of a venetian palace overlooking the Grand Canal at Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto (San Marco 2504).
  • Enjoy a performance every night at Teatro San Gallo (Campo San Gallo) with audio guides.
  • See in San Maurizio Church the Music Museum, hundred-odd musical instruments and a few works of the Venetian Baroque period. Admission free.
  • Shopping in the street Calle Larga XXII Marzo, where you'll find Venetia Studium with precious Fortuny designs.
  • Shopping laces and art handicraft at Burano Island.
  • Take a look at Murano art glass and see glassblowing in a factory (Vetreria) in Murano Island.
  • Visit the art galleries around the Peggy Guggenheim Museum. You can find glass works of great contemporary artists, paintings and jewels.
  • Visit the original Fortuny showroom at Giudecca Island, beside Molino Stucky.
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