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    Carnival of Venice 2019

    Date: 16 February 2019 - 5 March 2019

    The Carnival of Venice is one of the most beautiful carnivals in the world, taking place every year in January, February or even March, on the islands of the Venetian Lagoon. The Venice Carnival has become, in time, a great and spectacular tourist event, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world, who come to the city to participate in this festival considered unique for its history, atmosphere and masks.   SHORT HISTORY The first mention of the word carnevale (carnival) is found in a document of the Doge Vitale Faliero, from 1094. The first official document declaring the Carnival of Venice as a public holiday is from 1296, when the Senate of the Republic set it before Lent. Starting with that moment, for the following centuries, the Carnival lasted six weeks, from December 26 to Ash Wednesday. In the 18th century, the Venice Carnival reaches its maximum splendor and international recognition, becoming famous and prestigious throughout the Europe, being a major tourist attraction, and Venice a destination coveted by thousands of visitors. From 1797, during the French occupation of Napoleon, and later, during the Austrian occupation, the tradition was interrupted for fear of rebellion of Read more [...]

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    Dinner Show and Ball 2019

    Date: 23 February 2019 - 5 March 2019

    Time: 8:30 am to 2:30 am

    The Official Dinner Show and Ball of the Venice Carnival 2019 is a sumptuous event held every evening between February 23 and March 5, in the beautiful Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, in Venice. Every evening, the guests will be welcomed around 9.00 pm, and they will be accompanied to the main hall for a toast. Later, a placèe dinner with 5 courses will take place. An international cast of dancers, musicians and actors will create a wonderful atmosphere, entertaining the guests. After midnight, the party will be animated by live music and DJ set until 2.30 am. The guests will have access to a cocktail bar. Whoever loves gambling can try his/her luck in the gambling room of the Casino di Venezia.   THE VENUE Ca’ Vendramin Calergi is an imposing palace on the Grand Canal, which hosts the oldest casino in the world, Casino di Venezia, established in 1638. The closest waterbus station is San Marcuola, about 100 meters from the casino, that can be reached with the Lines 1 and 2 ACTV. On foot, is a 15 minute walk from Piazzale Roma, or a 10 minute walk from the Santa Lucia train station. You can also get to the Read more [...]

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    Festa delle Marie 2019

    Date: 23 February 2019

    Time: 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

    Festa delle Marie (Mary’s Feast) is a typical Venetian celebration held annually from the 9th century until 1379, when it was canceled. The feast was revived in recent years and is currently taking place during the Carnival of Venice.   SHORT HISTORY In the 9th century, the custom of blessing the girls who were going to get married appeared in Venice. The blessing took place in the Church of San Pietro di Castello and, on this occasion, were chosen the twelve most beautiful girls among the poorest families of the city, who were assigned to a rich Venetian family. The family gave them clothes, jewels and a dowry that they could be married. In the year 844, during the blessing held in the Church of San Pietro di Castello, a group of Dalmatian pirates kidnapped the girls, also taking possession of their jewelry. The Doge Pietro Tradonico organized the pursuit of the pirates and caught them near Caorle, freeing the girls and recovering their dowry. Returning to Venice, the Doge was welcomed with great enthusiasm, and to thank the Madonna for help, the Feast of the Marie was established. In those times, the feast lasted for many days, and included Read more [...]

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    Flight of the Angel 2019

    Date: 24 February 2019

    Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

    The Flight of the Angel (Volo dell’Angelo) is an event included in the Carnival of Venice, in which the beautiful girl who was chosen the previous year as Maria of the Carnival will fly along a cable from the St. Mark’s Campanile to the middle of the St. Mark’s Square.   SHORT HISTORY The tradition originated in the 16th century, when a Turkish acrobat descended from the belfry of St. Mark’s Campanile, to the balcony of the Doge’s Palace, paying homage to the Doge. After the success of this performance, it was decided that the moment would be repeated yearly, under the name of Svolo del Turco (The Flight of the Turk). At first, the flight was performed only by professional tightrope walkers. Later, after a man with angel wings descended from the bell tower, the event changed its name in Flight of the Angel. In 1759, when an acrobat fell to the ground among the crowd, the performance was forbidden and the acrobat was replaced by a large wooden dove. The dove, on its way down, would throw flowers and confetti. The name of the event was changed again in the Flight of the Dove. After the collapse of Read more [...]

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    Best Mask Contest 2019

    Date: 24 February 2019 - 3 March 2019

    Time: 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

    Best Mask Contest is a mask competition held every year during the Carnival of Venice. In 2019, the competition will take place between February 24 and March 2, with the final on Sunday, March 3, when the winners will be announced. Starting with 24th of February, the competitors parade on stage will be held twice a day in St. Mark’s Square. The participants will challenge each other by masks and costumes, wigs, feathers and caps. On March 3, the final of the contest will be held in the same place, when a jury composed by experts will proclaim the 2 winners of the two categories – Best Masked Costume and Best Masked Costume according to the theme of the 2019 Carnival edition. On the final selection, will appear all the participants that have won the previous parades. On Monday, March 4, there will be two parades dedicated to kids. The participation is free and, if you want to compete in the Best Mask Contest, you will have to fill out the form that will be available starting with December 2018 on the official website of the Carnival.

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    Venice Biennale 2019

    Date: 11 May 2019 - 24 November 2019

    The Venice International Art Exhibition, often called simply the Venice Biennale (La Biennale di Venezia), is one of the oldest, most important and prestigious international art exhibitions in the world.   SHORT HISTORY The Venice Biennale was born in 1895, in order to stimulate the artistic activity and the art market in Venice, from the initiative of a group of Venetian intellectuals led by the mayor of the time, Riccardo Selvatico, who, with the resolution of April 19, 1893, proposed to set up a biennial national artistic exhibition. The first editions were held in the Palazzo Pro Arte, then in the Italian Pavilion, and now in the Central Pavilion, near the Giardini della Biennale, in the Castello district. As early as 1907, a number of other buildings began to rise around the Palazzo Pro Arte, the National Pavilions, created by famous architects in the style of the most diverse world architectures. In 1930, the Biennale became an independent organization dedicated mainly to the promotion of new European artistic trends. In that same year, for the first time, the Contemporary Music Exhibition was held, followed two years later, in 1932, by the most important and famous film festival in the world Read more [...]

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    Festa della Sensa 2019

    Date: 1 June 2019 - 2 June 2019

    Festa della Sensa (Feast of the Ascension) is certainly one of the most evocative Venetian traditions, recalling important moments in the history of the Serenissima, through the ceremony of the Marriage of the Sea (Sposalizio del Mare) and the various regattas that takes place, on this occasion, in the Lagoon. Festa della Sensa is, without doubt, one of the most anticipated and appreciated events of the Venetian calendar, not only by tourists, but also by the inhabitants of the city.   SHORT HISTORY The feast 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 Doge Pietro Orseolo defeated the Slavs who threatened Dalmatia, allowing Venice to become, starting with that moment, 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 the centuries-old conflict between the Empire and the Papacy. On this occasion, the Doge received gifts from the Pope and, at the same time, the recognition of Venice as Read more [...]

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    Vogalonga 2019

    Date: 9 June 2019

    Vogalonga is one of the most beloved Venetian holidays, held every year in the second half of May or even in early June. Both a non-competitive boat race and a manifest against motor-powered boats that pollute the lagoon, Vogalonga gathers in Venice thousands of participants each year. Vogalonga is practically a race of paddle boats, running around the islands of the lagoon, over a distance of about 30 kilometers. This marathon of non-motorized boats does not have winners, or if you want, winners are all those who participate. Because the race does not limit the participation of anyone, Vogalonga offers an opportunity for both the locals and people from other parts of Italy, and even for participants from around the world.   SHORT HISTORY In 1974, a group of friends started to organize a small race in the waters of the Venetian lagoon. Among them, perhaps the most fervent promoter of the event was Lauro Bergamo, who was at the time the director of Il Gazzettino newspaper. The first Vogalonga took place on May 8, 1975, the day of the Festa della Sensa, when the race started in front of the Palazzo Ducale, on a signal given by a cannon-shot. Read more [...]

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    Festa del Redentore 2019

    Date: 20 July 2019 - 21 July 2019

    Festa del Redentore (Feast of the Redeemer) is one of the most beloved Venetian celebrations, held every year in Venice, in the third weekend of July. At first, Festa del Redentore was a purely religious feast, but, over time, profane elements found their place alongside religious manifestations, and today the event includes a party, a regatta and one of the most impressive firework display in the world.   SHORT HISTORY Between 1575 and 1577, Venice was hit by a merciless plague that killed about one-third of the city’s population. Due to the precarious conditions in which the people were living and to a high population density, the disease spread rapidly and was difficult to control. In 1576, the Venetian Senate decided to build a church dedicated to Jesus the Redeemer (Il Redentore), hoping to get rid of the disease. A year later, in July, the city was declared cured, and the Venetians initiated a new celebration called Festa del Redentore. Today, the feast takes place in the third weekend of July and, on this occasion, a bridge is built across the Giudecca Canal, between Zattere and the Giudecca Island, that people cross in a short pilgrimage to the church built Read more [...]

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    Regata Storica 2019

    Date: 1 September 2019

    Regata Storica (Historical Regatta) is both a historical reenactment and a sporting event taking place every year on the first Sunday of September, in Venice. The Historical Regatta is a celebration loved by the locals and tourists alike, and the most important event of the Voga alla Veneta (Row like a Venetian) calendar.   SHORT HISTORY The nature of the Venetian Lagoon encouraged rowing since the appearance of the first people in the area, who were forced to move mainly on water. It did not took long until the skills of the locals were recognized, and from here to the organization of rowing competitions it was only one step. Every year, Regata Storica begins with an impressive procession that commemorates the triumphal reception in Venice of Catherine Cornaro, the last monarch of the Kingdom of Cyprus. She, coming from a wealthy and influential Venetian family, abdicated in 1489 in favor of Venice, being applauded upon her return. During the celebration, boats similar to those of the 16th century navigate the Grand Canal, headed by a replica of the famous Bucintoro (Bucentaur), the festive ship of the Doges of Venice. Seven rowing races take place on this day, structured by category, Read more [...]

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    Festa della Salute 2019

    Date: 21 November 2019

    Festa della Madonna della Salute, commonly known as Festa della Salute, is a religious celebration taking place every year 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 San Marco, 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 on boats for this occasion.   SHORT HISTORY Festa della Salute, like many local holidays, commemorates a painful moment in Venice’s history – the epidemic from 1630-1631. The disease had been brought from Mantova in June of 1630 by some ambassadors sent to ask for help, and spread rapidly throughout the city, killing almost 50,000 people 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 publicly promised to raise a church called Salute, if the city will get rid of the plague. In April, 1631, the Doge was killed by Read more [...]