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Annual Events

Once the 18th century party capital of Europe, Venice still knows how to celebrate in style. There’s a year-round procession of large-scale pageantry and fun, much of it aimed firmly at the Venetians themselves, though free-spending foreigners are always welcome.  Historically, festivals have always been part of city life, to celebrate the feast days of local saints, give thanks for deliverance from the plagues, or simply to allow the people to blow off steam. 

In addition to the three great religious Festivals of the Madonna della Salute, the Redentore and St. Mark, unsurprisingly, the feasts dearest to native hearts remain those associated with rowing, ranging from the superb Grand Canal pageantry of the Regata Storica and its accompanying races, to the chaotic fun of the Vogalonga (Long Row).


Culture gets a high profile during the summer and fall when the internationally renowned Biennale and the Film Festival bring in the world’s artistic movers, and shakers and the international jet set, whilex winter brings the opera season and music to churches across the city. Things really get going in the late winter when Carnivale draws costumed and masked people from all over the world to pose against the magnificent backdrop of Venice itself.


On a lower key, the year’s rhythm is punctuated by other Venetian events such as the local saints days, the city marathon (which crosses the lagoon and ends at the Riva degli Schiavoni), open-air film events and children’s traditional festivities.

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Carnival of Venice

Carnival of Venice
Carnival of Venice Venetians take to the piazzas and streets for the pre-Lent holiday of Carnivale. The festival traditionally marked the unbridled celebration that preceded Lent, the period of penitence and abstinence prior to Easter. (Carne Vale –literally – “farewell to meat”) Nowadays it lasts some 5 to 10 days, culminating in the Friday through Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Carn...
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Venice International Film Festival

Venice International Film Festival
Venice International Film Festival The Venice International Film Festival brings together stars, directors, producers and filmmakers from all over the world. Films are shown between 9:00 am and 3:00 am in various areas of the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido. Though many of the seats are reserved for international jury members, the public can attend virtually whenever he/she wants, depending on...
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Biennale

Biennale
Biennale The Biennale, established in 1895 to showcase contemporary art, is held in odd-numbered years. It now alternates with the Biennale of Contemporary Architecture, highlighting modern architecture, which is held in even-numbered years. Both attract visitors and exhibitors from all over the world, who showcase their work in the Giardini. In recent years, the location of events connected ...
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Su e Zo per I Ponti

Su e Zo per I Ponti
Su e Zo per I Ponti Su e Zo Par I Ponti (Up and Down the Bridges) originated over 20 years ago as an attempt to raise awareness of Venice, and consists of navigating your way around the city by means of a map and a list of checkpoints to tick off. It is usually held in April. There are a slew of opportunities for eating and drinking, both in the city’s bacari, and at temporary official wate...
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Regata Storica

Regata Storica
  Regata Storica A day’s celebration of rowing kicks off with a spectacular historical procession, down the Grand Canal, of ornate boats rowed by locals in 16th century costume held during the first Sunday in September. Four races follow, and the finishing line is at the Volta, the sharp curve on the Grand Canal, where the judges preside and the prizes are presented. If you are not one...
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Festa di San Marco

Festa di San Marco
Festa di San Marco The feast of St. Mark, Patron Saint of Venice, is marked on 25th April by a gondola race across St Mark’s Basin between Sant’Elena and Punta della Dogana. On this occasion, it is traditional for Venetian men to give their wives, girlfriends, lovers and moms a long red blooming rose called the Bocolo. In popular tradition, the St. Mark’s Holy day is also called “Fest...
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La Sensa

La Sensa
La Sensa Every year since Doge Pietro Orseolo established the custom in 1000 A.D., the ceremony of Venice’s ‘Marriage with the Sea’ draws huge crowds on the Sunday after Ascension Day in May. Today the words “We wed thee, O Sea, in token of true and lasting dominion” are spoken by a local dignitary, who then casts a laurel crown and gold ring into the sea. Learn more about this fea...
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Sagra di Sant’Antonio

Sagra di Sant’Antonio
Sagra di Sant’Antonio The Feast of St Anthony has been celebrated for centuries on 13th of-June, in the city of Padua, 30 Km west of Venice, half an hour by train. The day is marked by a lively fair in Prato della Valle.
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Festa di Santi Pietro e Paolo

Festa di Santi Pietro e Paolo
Festa di Santi Pietro e Paolo At the end of June, the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul is celebrated in many towns with fairs and musical festivals. In Venice, a local festival runs in front of St. Pietro di Castello Cathedral.
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Festa del Redentore

Festa del Redentore
Festa del Redentore During the third Sunday of July, the city of Venice commemorates its deliverance from the plague of 1576. An impressive bridge of boats stretches across the Giudecca Canal so that people can walk to the Redentore church to attend mass. This pilgrimage, as well as that of the Madonna della Salute, still attracts locals from the farthest regions of the ancient Venetian Territ...
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Festa della Salute

Festa della Salute
Every November 21st in Venice, the Madonna of the Salute’s Festival, or the Feast Day of the Madonna della Salute is celebrated in Venice. Among so many Veneitian festivals, travel to Venice should not exclude this inspiring religious Venice festival which serves up traditional Venetian cuisine to its residents and visitors. So if you’re considering travel to Venice in November, the Madonna of the Salute’s Festival should definitely be on your list of things to do in Venice.
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