JAN 11 / FEB 21

the 2012 Carnival will be a carnival dedicated to the dramatization of daily life. Venezia as the European capital of theatre, has historically been the location of many theatres and forge of theatrical productions since 1600. Artists like Antonio Vivaldi or Antonio Guardi , Il Canaletto, had artistic committments in the organization of theatre productions, including performances and scenographies.


The Festa del Redentore is a festival that is particularly popular with Venetians as it combines a religious theme with a spectacular celebration that attracts thousands of visitors. On Saturday night, the inimitable setting of St. Mark's Basin hosts a phantasmagorical firework display that lights up the spires, domes and bell towers of the city with a kaleidoscope of colours and reflections. At dusk, just as they have done for centuries, numerous small boats decked out with balloons, decorations and brightly coloured lanterns, begin to flock into St. Mark's Bay and the Giudecca Canal. The boats then moor alongside each other and all the participants enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional Venetian specialities while they wait for the firework display that begins at 11.30pm and lasts until well past midnight.


This is the main event in September: the international film festival also known as the "Mostra del Cinema". During this period it is obviously the centre of attention: newspaper articles, advertisements, provocations, gossip, rumours about which American stars have arrived; cinema lovers and ardent fans meet outside Palazzo del Cinema or the famous hotels in the hope of getting an autograph or taking a photo of their idol. Thus, the people taking part in this cultural event are nearly always more interesting thatn the actual films.

25 APR

This is one of the two stories that give rise to the old tradition of San Marco's rosebud, presented by Venetians every 25th April to their lovers.



Nasce nel 1986 la prima edizione di una maratona assolutamente originale per il percorso spettacolare su cui si corre e perché l'arrivo é a Venezia, citta' pedonale per eccellenza. La Venicemarathon, che e' diventata ormai un evento tradizionale nel territorio veneziano, e che attrae atleti da tutto il mondo, si ripete ogni anno la quarta domenica di ottobre.


The initiative wanted to revive the Venetian tradition of rowing and has now become an authentic Venetian event: initially about 500 Venetian-owned boats took part but the number has now risen to over 1700 with more than 5000 rowers who come from all over the world.


The Regata Storica is the main event in the annual "Voga alla Veneta" rowing calendar. This unique sport has been practised in the Venetian lagoon for thousands of years and today it is particularly well-known for the spectacular historical water pageant that precedes the race. Scores of typically 16th century-style boats with gondoliers in period costume carry the Doge, the Doge's wife and all the highest ranking Venetian officials up the Grand Canal in a brightly coloured parade. An unforgettable sight and a true reconstruction of the glorious past of one of most the powerful and influential Maritime Republics in the Mediterranean. The Regata Storica dates back centuries, probably as far back as the mid thirteenth century when the Serenissima needed to train the crews of its huge navy in the art of rowing.

21 NOV

La Festa della Salute e' sicuramente quella dall'impatto meno "turistico", e che evoca un sincero sentimento religioso popolare. Anche questa festivita', come quella del Redentore, ricorda un'altra terribile pestilenza, quella del biennio 1630-31, e il conseguente voto pronunciato dal Doge per ottenere l'intercessione della Vergine. A tutt'oggi migliaia di cittadini sfilano il 21 novembre davanti all'altare maggiore dell'imponente Chiesa della Salute a perpetuare il secolare vincolo di gratitudine che lega la citta' alla Vergine Maria