All DO in Venice

The most important event in Venice is, of course, the Carnival of Venice, which takes places every year in January or February, and gathers hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Other important events in Venice are Festa della Sensa, on the Ascension Day, Vogalonga, in the second half of May, Festa del Redentore, in the third weekend of July, Regata Storica, on the first Sunday of September, and, every two years, the Venice International Art Exhibition, or simply, the Venice Biennale.

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    Festa della Madonna della Salute 2022

    Date: 21 November 2022

    Festa della Madonna della Salute 2022 will take place on Monday, November 21, 2022, in Venice. Festa della Madonna della Salute, commonly known as Festa della Salute, is a religious celebration taking place every year on the day of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on November 21, in Venice. The feast, dedicated in particular to the locals and less known by tourists, has a strong religious character, taking the form of a pilgrimage which starts from the San Marco sestiere, from the Church of Santa Maria del Giglio, and ends in Dorsoduro, at the Church of Santa Maria della Salute, crossing the Grand Canal on a votive bridge specially built for this occasion.   SHORT HISTORY Festa della Salute, like many local holidays, commemorates a painful moment in the history of Venice – the bubonic plague epidemic of 1630-1631. The disease was brought from Mantua in June 1630, and spread rapidly throughout the city, killing almost 50,000 Venetians in about a year. In the autumn of 1630, the Venetians organized a three-day procession involving more than 10,000 people, during which Nicolò Contarini, the Doge of Venice, invoked the help of the Virgin Mary and made a solemn vow Read more [...]

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    Carnival of Venice 2023

    Date: 4 February 2023 - 21 February 2023

    The Carnival of Venice 2023 (Carnevale di Venezia 2023) will take place between Saturday, February 4, and Tuesday, February 21, 2023, in Venice. After two years in which the Carnival was held online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we hope that the 2023 edition of the festival will return to its pre-pandemic glory, and we will be able to admire once again on the streets of Venice the wonderful masks and costumes worn by thousands of people coming from all over the world.   SHORT HISTORY The first information about the Venetian Carnival dates back to 1094, when the word carnevale was mentioned for the first time in a document signed by the Doge Vitale Faliero. Then, the carnival was an event dedicated in particular to people from the lower classes, who, through the anonymity guaranteed by masks, could relate with the nobility of the time. The first official document declaring the Venice Carnival a public holiday dates back to 1296, when the Senate of the Venetian Republic set it before Lent. Starting with 1296, for the next few centuries, the Carnival lasted six weeks, usually between December 26 and Ash Wednesday. During the 18th century, the Carnival of Venice Read more [...]

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    Festa di San Marco 2023

    Date: 25 April 2023

    Festa di San Marco 2023 will take place on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, in the beautiful city of Venice. The Feast of Saint Mark is a religious celebration dedicated to Saint Mark the Evangelist, the patron saint of Venice, which is held every year on April 25.   SHORT HISTORY In the distant past, the Feast of Saint Mark was celebrated three times a year. The first date of the feast was January 31. According to legend, on this day, in the year 828, the body of Saint Mark was stolen from Alexandria, in Egypt, and brought to Venice by two Venetian merchants, with the help of a servant named Basilio. The second feast dedicated to Saint Mark took place on April 25, on the date of his death and martyrdom. The third day of celebration was June 25, in memory of the discovery of his relics, which, according to tradition, appeared inside a column during the Mass held for the consecration of the Basilica of San Marco, in 1094. The feast on April 25 is the only one remaining and still celebrated today. After the Second World War, the date of April 25 coincided with the anniversary of the Read more [...]

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    Festa della Sensa 2023

    Date: 20 May 2023 - 21 May 2023

    Festa della Sensa 2023 will take place on the weekend of May 20 and 21, 2023, in the beautiful city of Venice. The Feast of the Ascension is one of the most evocative Venetian traditions, which recalls important moments in the history of the Republic of Venice, through the ceremony of Marriage of the Sea (Sposalizio del Mare). On this occasion, various regattas are held in the Venetian Lagoon. The Ascension Day Feast is, without doubt, one of the most anticipated and appreciated events in the Venetian calendar, not only by locals, but also by tourists.   SHORT HISTORY Festa della Sensa was born on the day of the Ascension of Christ, to commemorate two very important moments in the history of Venice. The first event occurred on May 9, in the year 1000, when the Doge Pietro Orseolo defeated the Slavs who threatened Dalmatia, allowing Venice to become the absolute power of the Adriatic Sea. The second event recalls the peace treaty signed in Venice in 1177, between the Doge Sebastiano Ziani, Emperor Frederick Barbarossa and Pope Alessandro III, which marked the end of a centuries-old conflict between the Empire and the Papacy. On this occasion, the Doge received Read more [...]

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    Festa del Redentore 2023

    Date: 15 July 2023 - 16 July 2023

    Festa del Redentore 2023 (Feast of the Redeemer 2023), one of the most important events in the Venetian calendar, will take place in the weekend of July 15-16, 2023, in Venice. Every year since 1577, when the city of Venice was liberated from a terrible plague, the Feast of the Redeemer is celebrated in the third weekend of July. At first, the feast was a purely religious event, but over the centuries profane elements were added to the religious manifestations, and today the celebration includes a party, a regatta, and one of the most impressive fireworks display in the world. The feast is also known as Festa Famosissima (Most Famous Feast).   SHORT HISTORY Between 1575 and 1577, a merciless plague killed about one-third of Venice’s population. The epidemic spread rapidly throughout the city and was difficult to control due to the precarious conditions in which the people lived.   INTERESTING FACT: One of the victims of the 1576 epidemic was the painter Titian (Tiziano Vecellio). He died on August 27, 1576, and was interred in the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. The Doge Alvise I Mocenigo promised to build a grandiose church if the plague ended. On Read more [...]

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    Regata Storica 2023

    Date: 3 September 2023

    Regata Storica 2023 will take place on Sunday, September 3, 2023, in the beautiful city of Venice. The Historical Regatta, the most important event of the Voga alla Veneta (Row like a Venetian) calendar, is both a historical reenactment event and a sporting event, which takes place every year on the first Sunday of September, in Venice.   SHORT HISTORY The nature of the Venetian Lagoon encouraged rowing since the first people settled in the area. Forced to move mainly on water, the skills of the locals were soon recognized, and from here to the organization of rowing competitions it was only one step. According to legend, the origin of the regatta dates back to the year 942, when, during a popular festival, the pirates kidnapped some Venetian women. Immediately, the pirates were chased by men in boats, who managed to catch them and release the women. The first use of the term regata appears in a document of 1274, proving that regattas took place as early as the 13th century. The public authorities of the time began to encourage this type of sporting activity, to prepare the crews of the battleships for conflicts at sea. Throughout the 15th and Read more [...]