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May 2019

Venice: La Biennale

May 11 @ 10:00 am - November 24 @ 7:00 pm
25€

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 closed on Mondays. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues since 2002. Get…

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August 2019

Ferragosto

August 15 - August 29
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 15 of August, repeating indefinitely

It's the summer and in August many Italians are looking forward to Ferragosto which starts on August 15th. It's known as a two-week vacation period with roots in the ancient Rome. When Emperor Augustus invented the feriae Augusti to mark the end harvest he also made it a moment that signified a period of well-deserved rest. Later, during the fascist regime, this time of the year was used to promote travel within the country, including discounts on train voyages to see…

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Venice International Film Festival

August 28 - September 7
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 28 of August, repeating indefinitely

Venice Lido Venice, Italy + Google Map

Referred to as the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematographica, this is the oldest film festival in the world, originating in 1932. Here's your chance to hob nob with the world's greatest movie stars, producers and directors. Films are shown throughout each day of the festival. While the international jury members get the best seats, there are seats available for the public. Note: Pricing varies per screening; please check event website for further information. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning…

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September 2019

Venice: Historic Regatta

September 1
Grand Canal Venice, Italy + Google Map
Free

The Grand Canal fills with exquisite 13-century boats and cavorting onlookers on this first Sunday of September. The regatta itself is four separate competitions, including a particularly compelling one between double-oared gondolas. Art displays, music, and celebrations abound among the boats and gondolas as well. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues since 2002. Get a free issue to see what we are all about. Join now to access them all. Let our…

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Venice: Burano Regatta

September 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Burano Venice, Italy + Google Map
Free

In this, the last Venetian regatta of the season, two-oared gondole for men and mascarete for women compete in races which wind around the island of Burano, starting at the northern end of the nearby island of Sant'Erasmo. Revenge may be sweet for some in this final regatta, which is also known as the Rivincita della Storica, as the losers of the Regata Storica earlier in the year have a final chance to vindicate themselves. And a word to the wise -- try to…

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European Heritage Days

September 21 - September 22
Free

European Heritage Days began in France in 1954 as a way to celebrate the European continent. Celebrations are arranged across Italy, with different themes for each country every year. Free admission to museums, archaeological sites, concerts and theater invite Europeans and visitors to discover the heritage and culture of Italy. Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues since 2002. Get a free issue to see what we are all about. Join now to…

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October 2019

Venice Marathon

October 27
Unnamed Venue Venice, Italy + Google Map
30€

Runners can sign up to cover either the traditional 26.2 miles from the town of Stra (near Padova) to Venice, or the 6.2 miles starting from the San Giuliano Park in Mestre both ending at the city's Riva dei Sette Martiri on the waterfront. There's a children's 3K, a moonlight half marathon, and a big pasta party! Dream of Italy is a membership website and award-winning travel publication publishing 170 issues since 2002. Get a free issue to see what…

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December 2019

Venice: Rowing lesson through the canals

December 8, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - January 6, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
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An event every year that begins at 5:30 pm on day 8 of December, repeating indefinitely

Venice, Fondamenta Gasparo Contarini
Venice, Veneto Italy
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180€

Enjoying a gondola ride through the Venice canals is quite the experience, but have you ever wanted to commandeer one yourself? Treat yourself this holiday season 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. Evening lessons start at 8:00 PM from May to October and at 5:30 PM from November through March. Dream of Italy is a membership website and…

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Venice: New Year’s Concert

December 29, 2019 - January 1, 2020
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 29 of December, repeating indefinitely

Teatro La Fenice, Campo San Fantin, 1965
Venice, Italy
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99€

Venice celebrates the end of the year with a classical concert at Teatro La Fenice conducted by Myung-Whun Chung. As tradition dictates, the first segment of the concert features the talented La Fenice Orchestra, while the choir joins in during the second segment performing "Va' Pensiero" from Nabucco and "Libiam ne' lieti calici" from La traviata.  Note: Tickets start at 99€; Pricing varies on day of performance; Please visit event website for further information. Dream of Italy is a membership website…

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Venice: New Year’s Day on Lido Beach

December 31, 2019 @ 11:00 pm - January 1, 2020 @ 1:30 pm
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An event every year that begins at 11:00 pm on day 31 of December, repeating indefinitely

Lido Beach Venice, Italy + Google Map
Free

If you find yourself in Venice during the holidays, kick off the new year with a party on the beach! Head to Blue Moon beach and join in their annual "Auguri di Capodanno sulla spiaggia" party to ring in the New Year. Drink wine, partake in the traditional New Year's meal of lenticchie and cotechino (a savory combination of lentils and sausage), bring the kids so they can also partake in activities including a sideshow children entertainers Nico e Mamma…

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