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Venice: Rowing Lesson Through the Canals

Venice Fondamenta Gasparo Contarini, Venice

Enjoying a gondola ride through the Venice canals is quite the experience, but have you ever wanted to commandeer one yourself? Treat yourself with a rowing lesson with Row Venice called vogata di sera. During the lesson you can learn the Venetian style of rowing — standing up and facing forward. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning ...


Franciacorta Summer Festival on the Road

Franciacorta Lombardy

This 4-month long festival takes place from May to September and invites guests to explore the vineyards and towns of the northern region of Lombardy has to offer. The festival celebrating Franciacorta, which some regard as Italy's finest sparkling wine, is pulling out all the stops with various events celebrating the food, wine, sports, nature and art of the region. ...

Venice: La Biennale

Giardini Arsenale Venice

The annual Biennale Art Festival takes over Venice this summer and fall, when countries from around the world set up pavilions to show off their home-grown contemporary artists.  The venerable festival is a parade of avant garde visual art: a major destination for the art elite and the cognoscenti. The event runs daily from May to November, though it is ...


Pisa: Giugno Pisano

Unnamed Venue Pisa

Giugno Pisano is a month of festivals in Pisa in June. Among the events are openings of the town's churches at night, the Palio di San Ranieri, the Battle of the Bridge on the last Saturday in June, the Regatta every four years (the last one was held in 2015), a night opening of the Leaning Tower, and Games on ...

Ravenna Festival

Unnamed Venue Ravenna

This summer music festival in Ravenna offers concerts and performances throughout Ravenna's well-preserved Byzantine churches, cloisters, and piazzas. Having once been the Western capital of the Roman Empire, the city of Ravenna offers a historical backdrop that only adds to the beautiful and austere atmosphere. Ticket prices vary by performance and can be purchased online. Note: Dates have not been ...

Padua: Ancient Walls Theater Festival

This outdoor theater festival occurs on several dates in June. Dates have not been confirmed; please visit the event website for updates.   Related articles: A Guide to Padova: What to See and Where to Eat Admission requires the purchase of a bracelet at the InfoPoint on via Altinate 71. Beyond access to the gardens the bracelet includes a guide and ...


Rome: Fantafestival

Multisala Barberini Rome

Rome's Fantafestival is dedicated to fantastic and horror cinema. The location at Multisala Barberini is confirmed and so are the "Golden Bats" for the best picture and short in both the Italian and international categories. There will once again be the Z-Day, with a zombie-walk along the streets of Rome. Note: Dates have not been confirmed; please check the official ...

La Bruna (Umbria): Festa Della Battitura

Zona Impianti Sportivi Pierantonio

Italians love a reason to party and this is evident in their festas celebrating the most obscure of objects, like in the small town Pierantonio, where they celebrate the Battitura. This is the farming machine that cuts and collects hay. You can find these machines in mid to late June moving through golden shimmering fields. They honor this machine for ...