Venice Lido: things to do and see in one day

Venice Lido: things to do and see in one day

Venice Lido is an island of the Venetian lagoon, mainly known for hosting the Venice Film Festival every year and for being one of the few places where to go swimming in summer. In fact, Venice Lido is the closest beach from Venice’s historic center and the only way to reach it is by vaporetto.

How far is Lido from Venice? It depends on where you take the vaporetto. For example, there’s a quick line departing from Piazzale Roma, that takes you there in about 20 minutes. To know more about Venice City Pass and how public transport works, we suggest spending some time reading our blog, where you can find some useful information for your holiday in Venice.

But Lido island is not just about beaches and festivals, but also a place with a lot of things to do and see, especially if you’re not staying in Venice just for a day or two.

So, here’s our list of things to do on Venice Lido island in one day.

Alberoni beach: a natural paradise

If you’re not interested in well-equipped beaches, you’ll like this one. Alberoni is a clean and wild beach, where Venetians love to go in summer. It’s a bit far from the Santa Elisabetta stop, where you the vaporetto will drop you off, but it’s worth it, especially if you’re looking for some silence and peace.

From Santa Elisabetta stop, you can take a bus and reach Alberoni beach through a pinewood, which is nice because you can meet different kinds of birds that otherwise you won’t see.

Church Of San Nicolò Al Lido

San Nicolò al Lido is an important church on Lido island, particularly because it’s the place where the famous Festa della Sensa the marriage between Venice and the sea – ends. Moreover, this church houses part of St Nicholas’ remains, patron saint of sailors.

Next to the church, there’s also a monastery, dedicated to the same saint, dating back to the origins of Venice in the early Middle Ages. Another thing you can’t miss here is the great cloister from the 16th century.

The Ancient Jewish Cemetery

In Cannaregio district, there’s the Jewish ghetto, and the ancient Jewish Cemetery is located on Lido island, near San Nicolò church. If you would like to visit it, you can do it by appointment.

Discover Malamocco

Malamocco is a picturesque village, located in the southern part of Lido. Before the Serenissima Republic was born, Malamocco was the only settlement on the island, and for a long time, it was the original home of the Doge of Venice, then moved to the Doge’s Palace – where we recommend attending the secret tour inside the palace. Here you can also visit Santa Maria Assunta church, which was originally dedicated to Madonna della Marina – Our Lady of the Sea – and dates back to the 12th century.

Is Venice Lido worth visiting?

The answer is: certainly yes! As you see, Venice Lido is not just a place to go sunbathing in summer, but an island full of things to do, including a long and relaxing walk along Viale Santa Maria Elisabetta, a street that crosses the island from the vaporetto stop to the beaches.

Last tip: if you’d like an unusual gondola ride, you can even ask the gondolier to take you all the way to Lido on the most beautiful and t<raditional Venetian boat, to enjoy the sunset above Venice.

Breakfast in Venice, Italy: the 5 best patisseries in town

Breakfast in Venice: famous patisserie where having it

As you know, having a good breakfast is really important to get the day off to a good start, especially if you are about to walk around a lot – and in Venice, you certainly are!

Where is the best to have a nice, traditional breakfast in Venice? Of course, our first suggestion is trying our breakfast on the first floor, where every morning you’ll find a rich buffet, with any kind of food you might want to start your day. If you feel like having breakfast in your room, don’t hesitate to ask us about our room service.

Do you want to know more about our breakfast? Our Tripadvisor profile is full of reviews about it!

If you would like to have breakfast in a Venetian patisserie instead, here’s our list of those we love the most, but be aware that Italians never have eggs in the morning, so don’t expect to find any – instead, you’ll findmany, many sweets!

Breakfast in Venice: Pasticceria Tonolo

Let’s start with the most famous patisserie in town, Pasticceria Tonolo, mostly frequented by students since it’s located near Ca’ Foscari University in Dorsoduro district.

Open since 1953, it sweetens the mornings of Venetians with its fantastic chantilly cream and fruit pastries, but if you have the chance to be in Venice for Carnival, you can’t miss their fritters, they are probably the best in the whole city.

Address: Calle S. Pantalon, 3764, 30123 Venice

Breakfast in Venice: Pasticceria Rosa Salva

Rosa Salva is probably the oldest patisserie in Venice, in fact, it has been open since 1870 and it is an institution among Venetians. Unlike Pasticceria Tonolo, its ambiance is more elegant and classy, but with a touch of modernity. If you can’t make it for breakfast, try visiting for lunch for one of their yummy savory dishes, or after lunch for a sweet coffee break!

Pasticceria Rosa Salva has two shops in Venice – the closest one to us is in Campo San Giovanni e Paolo. You can reach it in less than 20 minutes from our hotel.

Address: Calle Fiubera e Mercerie, 950, 30124 or Calle Giazzo, 6779, 30122 Venice

Breakfast in Venice: Pasticceria Nobile

Another patisserie in Cannaregio district that you should have breakfast in is Pasticceria Nobile, only 1 minute from our hotel. Besides all the classics, such as croissants, krapfens, and shortcrust pastries, here we suggest trying the traditional Pan del Doge, a sweet pastry usually filled with dried fruit. Nowadays, you can find the Pan del Doge with chocolate or jam too.

Address: Cannaregio, 1818, 30121 Venice

Breakfast in Venice: Pasticceria Dal Mas

If you’re arriving in Venice by train, you’ll certainly notice this patisserie on your way to our hotel – in fact, it’s located only a couple of minutes from the Santa Lucia train station.

As soon as you get there, you’ll see there are two entrances: which one should you choose? It depends on what you are after – one gets leads you to a chocolate paradise, the other one is to breakfast heaven. In fact, Pasticceria dal Mas is not just a simple patisserie, but also a chocolate shop.

Address: Rio Terà Lista di Spagna, 149, 30121 Venice

Breakfast in Venice: Pasticceria Ballarin

Last but not least, Pasticceria Ballarin is definitely another place to have a tasty breakfast in Venice. The only thing here is that it’s located in such a crowded street near Rialto Bridge that you probably won’t notice it.

There’s no room to sit here, exactly as all patisseries were in the past, so be patient and queue up at the counter, but once there don’t miss to try one of its cakes, they are fabulous!

Address: San Giovanni Grisostomo, 5794, 30121 Venice

Murano island: why you should visit a glass factory in Venice

Murano island: why visiting a glass factory in Venice

If you’d like to know how Murano glass is made, visiting a glass factory is the best way to do it. As you probably know, the art of blowing glass dates back thousands of years, Venetians are still so proud of it – and so are we. It’s not by chance that we placed an original Murano glass sink in every bathroom of our hotel rooms, and that a giant Murano glass chandelier is hanging from the ceiling of our breakfast room.

We deeply love and respect this ancient and unique art, and we do our best to defend real Murano glass from imitations every day.

Let’s see why visiting a glass factory in Venice (precisely on Murano island) will be worth your time, and it will probably become something you’ll remember forever.

Attend a glassblowing demonstration

Visiting a glass factory on Murano island is not just something you must do once in Venice – it’s your chance to attend a glassblowing demonstration to see with your own eyes how Murano glass has been made for centuries, and how it’s still made today.

Moreover, booking a tour of a glass factory in Murano will give you the chance to see how a glass factory works, learning all the phases that involve the creation of a real Murano glass piece of art.

Learn about the history of glassblowing art

As we said, the art of glassblowing dates back centuries and, to be precise, there is evidence that Venetians have started working with glass since the 7th century, even though they became known for it only around the 12th century.

Originally, glass factories were also located in Venice, but then in 1291, they were all moved to Murano for security reasons to avoid any risk of fires.

Attending a visit to a glass factory you’ll learn many other curiosities and stories about how Venetians became known for their glassblowing skills – for example, did you know that Murano glass masters were the only category of people who could marry a noblewoman, even if they weren’t part of the Venetian aristocracy? That’s a true story!

Have the chance to buy an original Murano glass artwork where it’s made

Nowadays, you can buy Murano glass artworks even on the Internet, but could you compare it with buying a Murano glass piece of art directly in the place where it was made? It’s like taking an authentic piece of Venice history home with you, that nobody can ever have because it’s one of a kind. No piece is like another – you’ll find out when you visit the Murano Glass Museum, and the uniqueness of each artwork is the real added value to your souvenir.

See something you won’t see anywhere else in the world

It’s not a secret that you won’t see anything like this anywhere else in the world. Visiting a glass factory like the ones on Murano island is a thing you can only do here in Venice, and that will leave something special in your heart.

So if you’re planning to attend a Venice island tour, make sure that it includes a visit to a glass factory and if not, don’t hesitate to ask us for info, we will be happy to suggest where to go and which factory visit to live the best experience ever.

Venice Film Festival 2019: all you need to know

Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival is one of the most awaited events of the year in the Venetian Lagoon. This year marks its 76th edition, always organized by La Biennale di Venezia, on Lido Island.
As usual, the Venice Film Festival takes place between the end of August and the beginning of September – this year, the exact dates will be August 28th to September 7th.
Venice is a city of art, where many movies have taken place, and it’s not by chance that this important event takes place on one of its islands.
The aim of the festival is promoting international cinema in all its forms through a spirit of freedom and dialogue, in order to support awareness of this art.

Every year, many of our guests come to Venice to participate to the Film Festival, this is why we decided to collect all the information about it in this article, giving a complete answer to the three most frequent questions we usually receive.

Where does the Venice film festival take place?

As we said, the Venice Film Festival is held on Lido island. Specifically, it takes place at the Palazzo del Cinema on Lungomare Marconi, built in 1937 for the fifth edition of the Festival. The building is composed of four main rooms: Sala Grande, Sala Darsena, Sala Zorzi and Sala Pasinetti.
The Sala Grande is where the main screenings and awards ceremonies of the Festival take place, the Sala Darsena is one of the newest and it is equipped with the most modern screening and audio technologies.

Where can I buy a ticket for the Venice Film Festival?

Usually, the price of the tickets and the tickets themselves are available online from August onwards, and you can buy yours directly from the Biennale official website.

How to get to the Venice Film Festival from our hotel

The only way to reach the Venice Film festival from our hotel is by boat, but you have several options to choose from.
If you’re not in a hurry and you would like to see the most beautiful palace facing the Grand Canal while going to the festival, you can take vaporetto line 1 from the Venice Casino stop.
If you want to get to Lido island as fast as possible, we suggest taking line 5.1 from the Guglie stop, which is only 2 minutes away from our hotel. Otherwise, you can ask us to call a taxi for you.

The secret tour inside the Doge’s Palace in Venice

The secret itinerary tour inside the Doge’s Palace in Venice

The Doge’s Palace is one of the must-see attractions in Venice. This palace used to be the home of the Doge in charge, and the headquarters of the Venetian government.

Originally, it was built as a medieval castle, with the usual four towers and high walls, but as the years passed by the architecture of the palace changed, not only because of a fire which destroyed the most of it, but also because of the political structure Venice adopted with Doge Ziani, a revolutionary and visionary man, who guided the Serenissima Republic between 1172 and 1178.

Nowadays, the Doge’s Palace is an incredible example of the precious Venetian Gothic style, and a treasure chest full of history and hidden rooms.
There are two ways to visit the Doge’s Palace – the classic one and the ‘secret’ one, which can both be purchased with the Venice city pass.
The regular tour takes you through the most important rooms in the palace, such as the Grand Council chamber, one of the widest rooms in whole of Europe, which used to house the first phase of the Doge’s election. You can also visit the Doge’s apartments and the Prison building, connected to the palace by the world-famous Bridge of Sighs.

The secret itinerary, instead, focuses on the administration offices and many other rooms you won’t see by attending the regular tour, including the old prisons, and the torture rooms.

The secret itinerary tour of the Doge’s Palace in Venice

The itinerary begins in the courtyard where, through a narrow door, you’ll step into a world that tells stories of detention and death – the so-called Pozzi (Wells).
They have this name because of their underground position, beneath the Doge’s Palace. They were built in stone and covered with wood, to make them appear like real coffins.
These cells were reserved for those who committed the worst crimes, that’s also why the conditions of detention were so terrible, and the writings on the walls are so desperate and talk about freedom.
The itinerary continues upstairs, through a small stair which takes you to the Ducal Notary room, and the chamber of the Deputato alla Segreta of the Council of Ten. These two rooms are small and hidden, you can’t even tell they exist when you look at the Doge’s Palace from the outside.
Continuing with the tour, you’ll enter the Office of the Great Chancellor, the only public figure elected by the Great Council, and then the Chamber of the Secret Chancellery where many public and secret documents are still stored.
Passing through the office of the Chancellor Regent, you’ll head to the room of torture, where the hard rope punishment was performed.
At the beginning of our virtual tour we visited the prisons underneath the Doge’s Palace, now it’s time to see those above, the so-called Piombi (leads) because of their location, right under the lead roof of the building, where Giacomo Casanova was imprisoned.

Conditions here were much better than those in the Pozzi. In fact, these cells were used only for prisoners accused of political crimes, and those who were waiting for a sentence.
You are also going to see the attic, where many weapons are preserved, as well as the Chamber of Inquisitor and the Chamber of the Three Head Magistrates, with a secret passage connecting it to the Chamber of the Council of Ten.

At the end of the tour, you can also visit the rest of the Doge’s Palace by yourself, discovering all its most fascinating and important rooms.
We warmly recommend this tour, because it’s a new and unique way to know about Venice and its political organization.
If you’re taking this tour in the morning, let us give you another tip for the afternoon: a self-guided walking tour in the Dorsoduro district to discover the ancient art of gondola making.

5 questions about Venice in August you want to know the answer

Everyone knows that visiting Venice in August means finding sunny weather almost every day, but this isn’t the only thing our customers want to know when they are coming to the city in summer.
In this article, we have collected the most frequent questions about experiencing Venice in August that you might want to get an answer to, in order to plan your vacation here with no stress.
Anyway, if you need us to answer other questions about visiting Venice in summer, feel free to write us an email, or contact us through our Facebook page.

What’s Venice like in August?

Venice in August is crowded and hot, we can’t lie about this point, but this shouldn’t be good a reason to postpone your trip. There are a lot of things you can do in Venice (and outside Venice) in this month – for example, you can take advantage of the perfect weather to go to the Lido beach and have a refreshing swim.
Lido is an island you can easily reach with a vaporetto, where Venetians usually spend their summer if they have no other plans.
If it’s too hot for you, you might consider the idea of a day trip from Venice to the Dolomites, to breathe some fresh air and come back to the city for dinner.

How busy is Venice in August?

It will be busy enough, if we may say so, but you can avoid the majority of the queues booking your visits in advance, thanks to the Venice City Pass. This is especially recommended for the most famous attractions such the Doge’s Palace, a boat tour to the Venice islands, and the St. Mark’s Basilica.
Moreover, Venice is a city full of hidden gems, which means that you’ll always find a place that other people can’t immediately reach, especially without our guide about how to get around Venice easily.

Does Venice flood in August?

No, Venice doesn’t flood in August. The high-tide season is winter, precisely between November and February. So, no rain boots are required if you come to Venice in August, just a pair of flip-flops.
However, if you want to know more about the Venice high tide, we have written a whole article about this unique event that affects the city every year, that you can read here.

Will you find mosquitoes in Venice in August?

You might be surprised about the answer, since it’s difficult to find mosquitoes in Venice during the summer, despite what people think. Being built on a lagoon, Venice should be full of mosquitoes, but the truth is that Mestre, on the mainland, has actually more.
We can assure you will sleep peacefully in our hotel rooms, which are all equipped with air conditioning.

What are the main events in Venice in August?

There’s one event in particular that you shouldn’t miss in Venice in August: the Film Festival!
It usually starts the last couple of days of the month, and ends on the first week of September.
This event is a must for all those who love movies and dream about walking on the red carpet for once in their lifetime.
Besides, Venice has always been a city where many movies have been filmed, such as The Tourist or Casino Royal.

Venice is always worth visiting, even in August, when the weather is surely hot but the days are longer… isn’t it true?

Walking tour of Venice, around Dorsoduro district

Dorsoduro Venice

There are many different walking tours of Venice available online, but just a few of them are dedicated to the Dorsoduro district.
We have already written an article about a self-guided walking tour in Venice, around Cannaregio district which is where our hotel is located, that you can easily print out and take with you on vacation. This time, we would like to focus on Dorsoduro, which is mainly known for being the university district of Venice.
Thanks to this virtual tour you’ll see how many curious things you can find and see in Dorsoduro, in addition to the beautiful Ca’ Foscari palazzo, the headquarters of the Venetian University, not far from the famous Frari Church, the starting point of our walking tour.

Frari Church

The Frari Church is certainly one of the top 5 churches to visit in Venice, not only because it’s an excellent example of Gothic style, but because of what it houses inside.
In fact, one of the best-known attractions is the unique monument dedicated to Canova, a marble pyramid based on the design the sculptor made for Tiziano’s tomb.
Talking about Tiziano, the painter, you can’t miss the Assumption of the Virgin, one of his most beautiful paintings, which is inside the Frari Church too.

Campo Santa Margherita

Leaving the Frari Church behind you, follow the indications on Google Maps until you reach Campo Santa Margherita. This campo is one of the biggest in Venice and it’s where Venetians usually stop by for aperitivo .
Crossing the well-known Ponte dei Pugni (Bridge of Fists) you’ll get into Campo San Barnaba, where a scene of the Indiana Jones and the last Crusade was shot (one of the movies filmed in Venice you should see).

Ca’ Rezzonico Museum

Close to Campo San Barnaba, there’s one of the most beautiful palaces facing the Grand Canal, which is also one of the most interesting museums in Venice – Ca’ Rezzonico.
This public museum is dedicated to the 18th-century in Venice, and it is certainly worth visiting, not just for the paintings and the amazing furniture of its rooms, but also for its hidden garden and the spectacular view you have over the Grand Canal from its entrance facing the canal.
Let’s go back to Campo San Barnaba and take the sotoportego (covered walkway) on the other side of the square to reach our next stop, a place you can’t see anywhere else in the world!

San Trovaso and Tramontin Squeros

The Venetian word “squero” refers to the place where gondolas are built. Unfortunately, there aren’t many places like this anymore – however, in this district you can find the oldest ones in Venice, San Trovaso and Tramontin.
The former is the oldest, since it’s even mentioned by Goldoni in one of its writings, and the latter has been open since 1884.
Actually, there’s another squero on Giudecca Island, run by Gianfranco Vianello called Crea, who won the Historical Regatta many times.
Visiting these place will be like going back in time when everyone in Venice had at least a gondola, just like we have at least a car in our garage.
Building a gondola is an art that you can’t explain, you need to see it with your own eyes to understand the complexity of its shape. But in the meantime, you can find out all the secrets behind a gondola, on our blog.

Accademia Gallery and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Followingh our walking tour in Venice Dorsoduro, in only four minutes you can reach the Accademia Gallery, standing in front of the Accademia Bridge, where a countless number of Venetian paintings are exhibited.
If you decide to visit it, consider spending at least a couple of hours there since it’s really something that deserves to be seen with no rush to be entirely appreciated.
Not far from the Accademia Gallery there’s another famous museum you might want to see, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
If you’re planning to come to Venice in summer, you’ll have the chance to participate to the traditional aperitivo that the museum organizes every year.
The event is called HappySpritz@Guggenheim, it will be an occasion to taste the traditional Venetian aperitif surrounded by art.

5 hidden Venice gems you should know

Hidden Venice Gems

Venice has a lot to offer, especially in terms of art and architecture.espite all the must-see attractions, there are also some hidden sights you won’t find if you don’t know where to look!
If it’s known that Venice is always worth a visit, it will be even more worthy after you find out these 5 hidden gems we are about to share with you!
So, pack your guidebook away, and follow our instructions to step into the secret Venetian world.

1. Venice and its secret gardens

It might seem impossible, but Venice is full of secret gardens. You can’t see them, but they actually exist and usually are behind high walls or inside private buildings. This is why we wrote an entire blog post about secret gardens in Venice that you can read and print out, so you can have your personal Venetian secret gardens guide while you’re here.
Secret gardens and one of the most beautiful hidden Venice gems we suggest not missing during your stay, especially because there’s one of them not far from our hotel and it’s also public – we are talking about Giardini Savorgnan.
This garden, which in fact looks more like a park, is just 4 minutes walk from our hotel on the way to the train station. Once in Campo San Geremia, you’ll find the way in.

2. Cannaregio district: a place to get lost

Cannaregio is a Sestiere (district) where many hidden Venice gems are located, and we are not saying that only because our hotel is situated in this area, too.
There are at least four sights you won’t expect to find in Cannaregio, but we won’t tell you more since you can easily discover all of them by reading this article we wrote.
Do you know what the best part is? You can even plan a whole itinerary around Cannaregio, we assure you that a day won’t be enough to see everything there’s to see but to make your life easier we prepared a self-guided 1-day itinerary you can use to get the most out of this sestiere.

3. Feel like reading? You can do it on a book staircase!

There’s a nice place where you can find rare books: a unique bookshop called Acqua Alta (High Water). There are two reasons why this bookshop is so famous (but hard to find), the first one is that it is the only bookshop in town with a gondola inside (full of books, can you imagine it?), and the second one is that there’s a real book staircase built inside the small rear courtyard.
Do you know why this hidden Venice gem is called Acqua Alta? Let’s discover why here!

4. Find the face that is watching you, from above

No one usually notices her, but she’s there, scrutinizing each person passing through Fondamenta della Donna Onesta.
She’s a face, the face of a girl with a story to tell. Tradition wants that the white mask you see popping out of the wall in Fondamenta della Donna Onesta represents the face of a young and beautiful woman, married to a sword maker. The legend tells us that she was so beautiful and kind that a nobleman secretly fell in love with her, and to have the excuse to see her, he ordered her husband to make a new sword for him. When the sword was ready, the young nobleman came to the shop to collect it, and to declare his love for the girl.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go as he expected. In fact, she was so faithful to her husband that she kindly refused his proposal. The nobleman wasn’t used to receiving “no” as an answer, and he was so possessive that if he couldn’t have her, nobody could and so he killed her with that new sword he was about to buy.
It’s a really sad story, but to remember her honest gesture the street where the sword shop was located, was called Fondamenta della Donna Onesta, which means “honest woman’s street”.

5. How long is a Venetian step?

Did you know that Venetians had their own unit of measurement? It’s the so-called “passo veneziano” (Venetian step) which was the way Venetians used to measure things in the past.
One Venetian step is about 1,738 meters long, and five feet (0,347 meters) make a step.
At the Arsenale, there’s still a representation of the Venetian step on the left wall after the entrance, close to the caretaker’s office.

So, are you ready now to start a trip to discover all these hidden Venice gems?

Festa della Sensa: the marriage of the sea ceremony

Festa della Sensa a Venezia

On paintings, Venice is always represented as a young, beautiful woman, and tradition wants her to be married with the sea. In fact, among the numerous festivals Venice has during the year, there’s a specific event recalling this marriage – the Festa della Sensa, also known as The Marriage of the Sea.

We mentioned the Festa della Sensa in our blog post about all the Venice events you can’t miss, but to find out more about this important celebration, we need to dig a little bit more into its history, starting with the meaning of its name.

What does Festa della Sensa mean?

In Venetian dialect, the word “Sensa” means Assumption. In fact, the festival takes place on the day of Jesus’s Assumption, which is always 40 days after Easter.

In the past, the celebration commemorated two important events for the Republic of Venice – the positive intervention of Doge Pietro II Orseolo against Slavs, who were threatening Dalmatian people, and the signing of the Treaty of Venice by Doge Sebastiano Ziani, Pope Alexander III, and the Holy Roman Emperor, and Frederick Barbarossa.

How does the marriage of the sea work?

The Marriage of the Sea ceremony is performed every year in the Venetian lagoon, even if the Serenissima Republic doesn’t exist anymore. It’s a ritual Venetians really love because the relationship between the city and sea is eternal – after all Venice is built on water, isn’t it?

But let’s see how this celebration works: the Doge in charge had to drop a consecrated ring into the sea, while pronouncing a phrase in Latin, which was “Desponsamus te, mare, in signum veri perpetuique domini” (“We wed thee, sea, as a sign of true and everlasting domination”[3]). In this way, Venice was officially consecrated to the sea, becoming one with it.

The programme of the Sensa Festival in Venice

The programme for the Sensa Festival takes place over two days – the 1st and the 2nd of June.
On June 1st, celebrations take place 5 pm at the Doge’s Palace, but only upon invitation. Inside the Sala dello Scrutinio, the twinning ceremony with the Adriatic Cities of Croatia will be celebrated, together with the award ceremony for the ‘Osella d’oro della Sensa 2019′. (The Osella is a precious coin given to institutions, private and public associations that have increased the prestige of Venice).

On the next day, June 2nd, at 9am, boats will start gathering in St. Mark’s Basin to proceed towards S. Nicolò di Lido at 9.30. At 10.30 am there’ll be the Marriage of the Sea ceremony and at 11 am a performance by the Coro Serenissima will take place in front of the Church of San Nicolò at the Lido.

To conclude the day, a Holy Mass will be celebrated at the Church of San Nicolò at 11.30 am.
There’s one last thing we would like to share with you, a traditional Venetian expression related to this festival. In fact, there’s a saying that Venetians still use, “andar a la sensa”. This can be literally translated with “go to la Sensa” but it actually means “going slow”, because of the long queues Venetians had to do to reach St. Mark’s on the Assumption Day. Cool saying, isn’t it?

The Redentore Festival in Venice: all you need to know

Redentore Festival in Venice

If you happen to be in Venice on the third Sunday of July, you’ll be lucky to attend one of the most important celebrations in the city: The Redentore Festival.

We have already talked about this event in a previous article, revealing the best places where watch the Redentore fireworks, and if you have read it you already know a bit of its history. But, this time we are going to dig deeper into the facts, discovering why this celebration is still so important for Venetians like the Madonna della Salute Festival, which is based on a similar event.

Where does the Redentore Festival come from?

To answer this question, we need to travel back to the second half of the sixteenth century, to the year 1575, when Venice was hit by a terrible plague.
Alvise Mocenigo was the Doge at the time, and we have to say that his time in office wasn’t so lucky, if we may say so. In fact, just a years before the plague, a fire destroyed part of the Doge’s Palace, and an extraordinary high tide flooded Venice. Not really a good time for Venetians and for the poor Doge Mocenigo, who had to deal with the unhappy population.
But no one can stop the plague, not even Alvise Mocenigo, who helped the Pope defeat the Turkish fleet at Lepanto, in 1573. The plague showed no mercy, causing about 50.000 deaths and putting Venice on its knees, begging for the Lord’s salvation.
And so it was. The Doge, together with his Council, decided that if the plague left the city, a church would be built. And this is what happened. The Redentore church was built in 1576, a year after the epidemic was defeated.

From that year on, Venetians remember this event with a pilgrimage to the church through a bridge made of boats which is built for the occasion, and an amazing fireworks display above St. Mark’s basin.

The programme for the Redentore Feast Day

If the Festival of the Most Holy Redeemer is on Sunday, the pilgrimage starts the day before, together with the fireworks display.
The appointments to attend on Sunday are three:

  • At 4 pm Regatta of “pupparini” boats with two oars (just for young people)
  • At 4.45 pm, Regatta of “pupparini” boats with two oars
  • At 5.30 pm, Regatta of gondolas with 2 oars

To finish the day, at 7 pm a Mass is celebrated inside the Redentore Church.

We are sure you already heard something about the Redentore Festival in Venice and its fabulous fireworks, but now you also know about its history, after reading this article.

We hope we gave you some information you didn’t know about this incredible day in Venice, the only day during the year when St. Mark’s basin is full of Venetian boats, decorated for the occasion and full of people who want to have a good time and celebrate this long-running festival.

Vogalonga: a historical boat race in Venice

Vogalonga in Venice

As you may know, many regattas take place in Venice during the year, and the Vogalonga is one of them. You’ve probably heard or read something about the most ancient and famous one of them all, the Historical Regatta, but we assure you that the Vogalonga also has a nice backstory.
To know more about its origins, we need to travel back in time to 1974, when a group of passionate Venetian rowers organized a small, friendly regatta on “mascareta” boats (a traditional light Venetian boat). Venetian people appreciated that initiative so much, that it became a regular appointment for all the enthusiasts of Venetian rowing.
Actually, the main reason why this event became so popular is tied to the desire of Venetians to maintain ancient Venetian traditions alive and fight against the decline of the city, due to the waves caused by the motorboats.

Venetians aren’t the only ones who attend the race. Since the very first time the Vogalonga took place, many people from Chiogga, Caorle, Padua, Treviso, and other cities came to Venice to be part of this incredible event.
Numerous boats reached St. Mark’s basin on May 8, 1975, ready to start the race and give a strong message to the government. Venetians were ready to fight for their city, with unusual weapons – their oars.

What does “Vogalonga” mean and why is it the name of the race?

“Vogalonga” is a term that comes from Venetian dialect, and it’s composed of two words – “Voga” and “longa”, where the former means “rowing” and the latter means “long”. We can translate the word with “long rowing race”, as participants have to row for 30km, between canals and islands.
We said it’s a non-competitive race, but we didn’t say it isn’t hard!
The Vogalonga rowing race is more recent than the Historical Regatta, but the main purpose here is having fun celebrating the ancient Venetian rowing style, living the city among locals.

All you need to know about the Venice Vogalonga 2019

The race starts in St. Mark’s Basin, just like the very first time Vogalonga took place in Venice.
Then, the itinerary touches some of the lesser-known Venetian islands such as Vignole, San Francesco del Deserto, and Sant’Erasmo.
Burano and Murano islands are the next ones to be reached, then the race finishes crossing the Grand Canal, with all its beautiful mansions on both sides.

This year the Vogalona will take place on June 9, you find all info on the official website of the race, where you also find out how to sign up.

We just have a question for you: can you row like a Venetian? Go then, and experience one of the Venice events locals are most passionate about!

Vintage shopping in Venice: where to buy something special

Vintage Shopping in Venice

Venice is full of unique shopping opportunities, but only if you know where to go.
We’ve already talked about where to go shopping in Venice, but that was more of a general guide, this is why we are would like this post to focus on a specific kind of shopping – vintage shopping.
Everyone knows that Venice is a paradise for those who love fashion, but most people do n’t know that this is not just a place for masks and expensive clothes or accessories, but also for something truly unique.
Let’s find out where to go vintage shopping in Venice through the list of shops we selected for you.

L’armadio di Coco

Campo Santa Maria Nova and Campo Santa Maria del Giglio

The name of this tiny shop translated into English sounds like “Coco’s closet”, and once you’re inside, you can tell that is like being inside a splendid vintage wardrobe.
It’s an authentic Venetian family business, run by Arianna and her daughter. Both of them are passionate about vintage, and they never stop traveling around the world searching for new items, bags, and clothes from the past.
At the moment, they have two shops in Venice, one in Campo Santa Maria Nova and another one in Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, but the latter is more about luxury vintage products than the former.

Libreria Miracoli di Vascon Claudio

Campo Santa Maria Nova

This place is magical and smells of paper and cardboard. If you love old postcards, books, and prints, this is the right place to do some vintage shopping, not fashion but history related.
You’ll find yourself stopping by boxes full of ancient things you couldn’t imagine, that Claudio positions outside the bookshop every day, in Campo Santa Maria Nova. His shop is like a magnet, and you can’t fight against it, you’ll have to explore inside eventually!

La Stanza delle Sorprese

Near Campo Sant’Angelo

“The Surprise Room” is the next shop in the list, and Rossella, the owner, gave it this name for a very specific reason… In fact, in this shop, you can find pretty much anything you can imagine, from a 19th-century lamp to typical Italian Ceramics – and no doubt, you’ll be surprised!
Since it’s located on the way between to St. Mark’s Square, it’s usually crowded, but it is definitely worth a visit.

Bisnonni

Campo Santa Maria Mater Domini

Another place we recommend for vintage shopping in Venice is Bisnonni, a shop situated in Campo Santa Maria Mater Domini, not far from Rialto Bridge (just a gondola-ride away from our hotel).
It’s a vintage fashion shop, where you can buy any kind of clothes you need, moreover, it’s larger than those we’ve presented before, so you can spend inside as much time as you want (and need) without having to worry about crowds.

Paolo Olbi

3253/A, Dorsoduro, Venezia

To conclude our virtual tour of Venice vintage shops, we would like you to come into Paolo Olbi’s shop to discover a world of paper and leather.
Paolo and his team produce gift articles in leather and marmorized paper. If you have to buy a souvenir for someone who’s passionate about handcrafted creations, like clipboards, phone books, photo albums or photo frames, this is the place to go.
Paolo Olbi is an institution in Venice, his shop has been open since 1962 and everything he sells is unique. Can you tell how precious a gift like this would be?

Now that you know where to go vintage shopping in Venice, have you decided where to head to first?

San Maurizio flea market in Venice

San Maurizio flea market Venice

Did you know that there’s a flea market in Venice? Most people don’t, except for Venetians of course, but it’s something that you need to see if you come to the city when it’s open.
We are talking about the San Maurizio flea market, located in the “campo” (small square) of the same name, on the way to St. Mark’s Square, not far from the Accademia bridge.
The campo where the flea market takes place is famous because that’s where you’ll find Carlo Goldoni’s house – the well-known Venetian comedy writer, who lived here from 1803 to 1804 – and Palazzo Zaguri, a magnificent building that usually hosts interesting and unique exhibitions.

What to buy at the San Maurizio flea Market?

To be honest, it will be hard not to find something to buy here. At the San Maurizio Flea Market, you’ll find old books, prints, unique pieces of furniture and paintings from the period between the 17th and 20th centuries.
You’ll be surprised to see how many unusual things you can buy here, especially if you’re looking for a souvenir to take home, or you’re just in the mood for some vintage shopping.
The pity is that the San Maurizio Flea Market happens to be open just five times a year, so you’ll be lucky if you get the chance to see it during your holidays in Venice.
The market was created in 1970, and since then it has always been organized in the exact same way until today. It’s a tradition that every seller from the whole country respects and protects.
Getting lost among the stands is part of the game. Take a couple of hours to experience this incredible moment for the city and live the real Venice, made of people who love their hometown.

When does the San Maurizio Flea Market take place?

To find out when the market will be open, you can visit the official San Maurizio Flea Market website, but here are the 2019 dates.
The first appointment is in April, from the 12th to the 14th, a week before Easter.
Then it will be open again on May 9th-12th and on September 20th-22nd.
The last two appointments will be in October and December, respectively from the 18th to 28th and from the 6th to 8th.
If you haven’t booked your flight yet, think about coming to Venice on these dates. We will be happy to have you at our hotel.

The true story about Venice Carnival Masks

Traditonal Venice Carnival Masks

Venice Carnival wasn’t always like the one we are used to today. In fact, Carnival time in Venice was longer and the mood was different, and the Venetian carnival masks were fewer than those we see today among the streets.
We have already talked about the history of the Venetian Carnival, but we have never faced the topic of the masks.
As you know, Venice Carnival was the only time when the lower and upper classes mingled together, hiding behind the same costumes and masks. But what are the traditional Venice Carnival masks? Let’s find out more about them in this article.

The traditional Venetian Carnival Mask: La Bauta

The so-called Bauta is the only true Venetian mask found at the Carnival. It’s quite a simple mask actually, completely different from those you can buy from shops in Venice. In fact, the Bauta has no feather, no colors, and no particular shape.
This unique mask is always white and can cover up your whole face – its purpose was just hiding people’s faces, to make everyone look the same.
Carnival was a period of parties and amusement, of course, but it was also a moment of equality, that’s why everyone used to wear the same masks.
To complete the Venice Carnival costume that includes the Bauta, you should also wear the so-called tabarro, a warm and heavy black cloak Venetians used to wear every day to protect themselves from the cold winter.

The second traditional Venetian Carnival Mask: La Moretta

The Moretta mask is an intriguing one, and only women could wear it. It’s a simple mask too, in term of shape, but it’s black and not white.
Its peculiarity is hidden behind the mask itself, in order to wear it, women had to hold a button between their teeth. This makes the person behind the Moretta mask even more mysterious because she (or maybe he?) couldn’t speak without taking it off.
Venetian men loved this mask, probably because their romantic affairs became more challenging, without knowing who they were talking to. Or perhaps there was another reason… maybe Venetians women used to talk too much?

The Plague Doctor’s mask? This is why isn’t a traditional Venice Carnival mask

Even though this mask is very famous around the world, it isn’t a traditional Venice Carnival mask and we’ll tell you why. You might know that Venice struggled with plague for years in the past, but despite the great medical knowledge Venetians had, they didn’t know how to defeat this epidemic. The only thing they knew was how the infection worked, this why they invented the Plague Doctor’s mask.
The long beak on the mask was filled with aromatic herbs, to protect the doctor form the airborne disease. At this point, you might want to know more about how Venetians faced the plague problem, so we suggest reading our articles about the Festa-day of Madonna della Salute and the Redentore Feast.
By the way, as you see, this mask has nothing to do with Venice Carnival, but it’s definitely one of the most peculiar and fascinating masks of the Venetian history.

All the Venice events you can’t miss in 2019: the calendar

Venice events

If you want to know everything about Venice events in 2019, you’re in the right place. Venice has always been an active city, where festivals, traditions, and exhibitions happen in all seasons, and 2019 will be no different.
We have collected here all the events taking place in Venice during 2019, dividing them by season. Let’s start with the events you can attend in Venice in winter.

Venice events in winter 

Winter is not only Christmas time in Venice, but also Carnival time. From February 16 to March 5 Venice will be covered in confetti and streamers, and the bakeries will be full of Frittelle, Galani, and Castagnole.
During Carnival, there are many events to attend, starting with the Venice Feast on the Water, that opens the Carnival season, the Flight of the Angel and the several masquerade balls organized inside majestic Venetian mansions.
Don’t forget to add all these appointments to your agenda, because living Venice at Christmas and during Carnival is really unforgettable.

Read also: Venice Carnival: how to live it at its best

Venice events in spring 

Spring is the best time to visit Venice since the weather is sunny and pleasant and people feel comfortable being outside. Moreover, spring is the season of the Venice Biennale, and when many exhibitions open along with the Biennale collateral events.
April is the month that celebrates St. Mark, protector of Venice, on the 25th. Get ready to see many red rose buds, because, on that day, Venetians celebrate love too.
If you come to Venice in June, you’ll have the chance to attend one of the most important traditional Venice events: the Vogalonga rowing race.

Venice events in summer 

Summer is a time when many important events take place, such as the Sensa Festival, to remember the traditional marriage between Venice and the sea, and the Redentore Fest, a traditional festival in the city that Venetians care a lot about. On that day, you’ll see many boats sailing down the Grand Canal to reach St. Mark’s Basin, where they dock and wait for the firework display to start. Be sure to find a place to watch the fireworks for the Redentore in time, if you want to enjoy the show.
Summer is also the time of the Venice International Film Festival, a mandatory appointment for all those who love movies and the red carpet.
Last but not least, on the first Sunday of September, there’s another important rowing race called the Historical Regatta, an event that Venetians truly love.

Venice events in fall 

Fall is the season of traditions, in fact, on November 21st, Venetians celebrate the Madonna della Salute, remembering the terrific plague that brought Venice to its knees in the past.
If you have the chance to feel what this event means for Venetian people, you’ll probably understand their deep feelings and culture.
In October, before the day dedicated to the Madonna della Salute, the yearly marathon also takes place.
Anyone can participate, including you and your family.

Are you ready to pack your bags and come to Venice once for each of the four seasons?

Dress Code for La Fenice, Opera House in Venice

Dress Code at the Venice opera house, La Fenice

What should you wear at the Venice opera house La Fenice? This is a question our guests always ask us, when they are about to spend a night in Venice, at the most beautiful theatre we have in town.
We would like to make this easier for you, by telling you all about the dress code at La Fenice in this article. However, before exploring this topic, we would like to tell you more about the history of this incredible temple of music in Venice.
Paying a visit to La Fenice Theatre is definitely something you should add to your Venice schedule, since it played an important role in the world of music during the nineteenth century, and also because it is surely worth a visit.
You’ll be struck by the beauty you’ll see inside.

La Fenice Theatre in Venice: a theatre that was actually reborn from its ashes  

It’s not by chance that the Venice opera house is called “La Fenice” (The Phoenix) if we investigate deep down into its past.
La Fenice was built in 1792, opening to the public in time for La Sensa Feast in May, with I giuochi d’Agrigento written by Giovanni Paisiello. Initially, there was no royal box at La Fenice, but when Napoleon conquered Venice it became necessary to build one so that the emperor could properly attend the opera.
This wasn’t the only change La Fenice had – the theatre was completely renovated between 1825 and 1828. Unfortunately, in 1836, a fire caused by a malfunctioning stove partially destroyed the theatre, including a portion of the stage. It was rebuilt the following year.
Then the theatre was renovated again in 1936, but then in 1996 an arsonist entirely destroyed it.  
When the St. Mark’s Bell Tower collapsed in 1902, Venetians rebuilt it “as it was, where it was”, as they said, and so they did with the Venice opera house.
As the Phoenix rises from the ashes, so did the theatre. The building we see today is a perfect copy of the original La Fenice opera house, so it won’t be weird saying that you’ll probably feel the same way as our Venetian relatives did when they stepped in for the first time.

Dress Code for La Fenice the Venice opera house

Let’s get into the heart of this article now, learning what the perfect outfits are for a night at La Fenice Theatre.
First of all, what you wear is strictly connected to what kind of event you are about to attend. In fact, there are rules for afternoon performances, and for the Opening of the Opera or Concert Season.
To be specific, you’re always expected to look smart, even when you’re wearing something casual. People wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts are never allowed inside the theatre, no matter what is on stage.
During the Opening Opera or Concerts Season wearing a shirt, with a tie and a jacket is warmly recommended. For the afternoon performances, instead, you can wear anything smart-casual.

Now that you know everything about the Dress Code at the Venice opera house, why not buy a ticket and spend an incredible night in one of the most enchanting theatres in the world?

Read also: Venice for couples: 5 specials things to do

Valentine’s day in Venice: how to celebrate it

Valentine’s Day in Venice: unusual things to do

Despite all the romantic but boring things you can do on Valentine’s Day in Venice, there are many other more unusual things you can plan, to make your stay with your partner really unforgettable.

We love to be part of our guests’ plan to surprise their partners, helping them organize the best Valentine’s Day ever, so here are a couple of ideas we have to make that day really special.
We would like to surprise your better half with something unexpected, something more than a bottle of wine and a bunch of flowers in your room at your arrival – even though we’d be more than happy to do that too! It’s always pleasant to receive such a surprise at the beginning of a romantic weekend. Here’s what we thought.

A romantic dinner in a Venetian palace with live music 

This will definitely not be your run-of-the-mill dinner, it will be “the” dinner.
Imagine you two sitting at a table, sipping a glass of white wine, surrounded by shining Murano glass chandeliers and colored frescoes, while a small orchestra is playing Jazz. Isn’t it the perfect setting? Your partner will probably expect you to book a romantic place for dinner on Valentine’s Day, so… do you think there’s anything more romantic than this?

Our “I Love You” special package

As we said before, having your partner find a bunch of flowers and some chocolates in your room upon your arrival is always a good idea, but what about adding some more romanticism? We created this “I Love You” package not just for Valentine’s Day, but for any day of the year because we know how important the time you’ll spend here is.
If you’re interested in surprising your better half with more than a bottle of wine, just visit our “special offers” section.

A night out at La Fenice Theatre, the Venice opera house

If you want an ‘old style’ night out, or you both love opera, maybe you can think about surprising your partner with tickets for La Fenice Theatre.
Be sure to bring the right clothes, according to the dress code at this legendary Venice opera house, tell your partner to pack something smart for the occasion.
There’s no need to say what kind of occasion will be, just say it will be thrilling.
If you need any help to reserve your seats, we will be happy to book them for you.

A private photo shoot to have a memory of your Valentine’s Day in Venice

Venice is the perfect setting for a photo shoot, especially a romantic one. You can take your own pictures while visiting the city, but in most of them, you won’t be the only people in it. Instead, in a private photo shoot, you will be the protagonists.
It will be a nice way to create a memory about you and your significant other, celebrating Valentine’s Day in the most romantic city in the world, don’t you think?
These are just some suggestions to help you live the best Valentine’s Day of your life in Venice – an unusual, original, classy and very, very romantic experience. This will be one of those holidays you will never forget.

Shopping in Venice: the best souvenirs to buy

Penzo Events Gallery and Events

We could start this article about shopping in Venice with a simple list of souvenir shops located in the most famous areas of the city, but we won’t.
If you’re looking for a place to buy expensive clothes or accessories designed by some famous brands such as Gucci or Bottega Veneta, you can simply walk to St. Mark’s Square, since the streets around the Piazza are all dedicated to this kind of shopping.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something unusual, and different from a typical souvenir like a magnet or a straw gondolier hat, here are some small but original shops you might want to pay a visit to.

Shopping in Venice: the model boat shop

As you probably know, the strength of Venice during the time of the Serenissima Republic was mainly based on its naval power. The Arsenale, where the boats were built, was like a fortress, and its duty was preserving Venetian secrets about the construction of its invincible vessels.
Now, the time of glory has passed, and the secrets have all been revealed, but you can still feel the emotion of creating a Venetian ship by yourself – just buy a model at Gilberto Penzo’s shop, called Venice Boats.
If you’re not a fan of ancient galleons, you can opt for something easier like a vaporetto or a gondola instead. Gilberto will help you choose the right boat for you, or for the lucky person who will receive this wonderful gift.

Address: Calle Seconda dei Saoneri, 2691, 30125 Venezia VE

Buy something to help people live a new life

This shop is really unusual, since it sells bags and other things like wallets or document cases made by the prisoners in Santa Maria Maggiore, Venice’s penitentiary. Everything you find here is unique, since each product is handmade and there’s no machine that can make a copy of it. Buying a souvenir here means bringing home a one-of-a-kind object that nobody else can have and show. Moreover, you’re respecting and helping the environment, because everything is made by using cast-off advertising banners and PVC truck tarps.
Have you ever thought that doing some shopping in Venice could be a way to actually do something good for other people?

Address: Fondamenta Frari, 2559, 30125 Venezia VE

A book is always a good gift to bring home

There are several famous bookbinders in Venice, mainly because of the history of our city, which shows Venice as the center of typography for several years in the past.
Legatoria Polliero is one of the many bookbinders in Venice, where you can find a handmade notebook, created according to the tradition of ancient Venetian bookbinders.
The smell you will experience here, at the Ebrù shop or at Olbi Paolo’s “Bottega” (other two bookbinders in Venice) is something you’ll remember forever, the scent of paper with a twist of leather.
Do you want something really Venetian as a souvenir? A bookbinder is the right place to find it.

Legatoria Polliero Address: Calle del Scaleter, 2995, 30125 Venezia VE

Ebrù Shop Address: Campo Santo Stefano, 347, 30124 Venezia VE

Olbi Paolo’s Shop Address: Address: 3253/A, Dorsoduro, Venezia, VE 30123

Take home a piece of Venice Carnival

Venice is full of souvenirs shops selling masks, but most of them are low-quality ones. If you want to take home the best souvenir that will really remind you of Venice and its spirit, you should definitely opt for a mask – but a real, traditional one!
Ca’ Macana is a good place to go, a laboratory and mask shop, where masks are created by hand and you can try to make one yourself, too.
The truth is that what you find in this shop can only be bought here, because not every mask is sold online through their website. Would you really want to miss the chance to take a unique Venetian piece of art to your place?

Address: Dorsoduro, 3172, 30123 Venezia VE

Christmas in Venice: things to do

Christmas Three in Piazza San Marco

Christmas in Venice is something you should experience, at least once in your life.
The city changes, becoming full of lights and stalls selling a quantity and a variety of sweets you can’t even imagine.
Christmas in Venice is a fairytale coming true, a place to get lost, admiring the decorations reflected on the canals. However, walking around the city surrounded by the typical Christmas atmosphere is not the only thing you can do in Venice during this period.
Winter in Venice can be hard, but don’t let this be an excuse to spend all your time in your hotel room, and miss the chance to get the most out of the city.

Christmas in Venice: the perfect occasion to attend a Charity Concert

Around Christmas time, it’s nice to think about doing something good for the less fortunate. Attending a Charity Concert, like those organized at La Fenice or at the Malibran Theatre, is an occasion to donate to charity and spend a nice time listening to good music.
Even in Mestre, there will be several free concerts in the main square, Piazza Ferretto, creating the right atmosphere to do some Christmas shopping among Christmas markets.

Warm you up with some traditional Venetian food

Venice at Christmas means having the chance to taste some sweets you can’t find during the year, such as the Pandoro or Pinza.
Pandoro is a Christmas cake originally invented in Verona, that you can also find in Venice and in the whole of Northern Italy. Kids usually prefer it to Panettone, which is similar but it has raisins in the dough. Another sweet you can try is the so-called Pinza, a cake made with stale bread and raisin, that belongs to the Venetian farming tradition.
Don’t forget to accompany these two cakes with a glass of red wine, as Venetians do!

Christmas lunch in a great restaurant

It might sound rather obvious, but having a good Christmas lunch is part of the experience. There are several restaurants in Venice that offer a special menu for the occasion, and we will be happy to indicate the best for you to spend a nice Christmas in Venice with your family or your partner.

Visiting a museum on Christmas Day? Why not!

Many museums remain open on Christmas Day because culture never goes on vacation! You can visit the Doge’s Palace, Museo Correr, and Palazzo Fortuny from 11 am to 7 pm, including their temporary exhibitions.
Ca’ Pesaro, Ca’ Rezzonico and the Museum of Glass in Murano will be opened too, from 11 am to 5 pm.
It could definitely be a different and unusual way to live Christmas in Venice.
In addition to all these ideas, you could also read our article about the events in Venice at Christmas and New Year’s Eve, maybe you’ll find some proposals you might want to add to your Christmas-to-do-list.

Venice at Christmas & New Year’s Eve: all the events

Christmas Vogalonga in Venice

Venice at Christmas time is magical.
The city is covered by shining lights and decorations, the atmosphere is so warm and sweet (thanks to all those biscuits, cakes and sweets you can buy pretty much everywhere) that your mood won’t be affected by the cold temperatures.
Venice in winter is completely different compared to summer, mainly because of the weather, since in winter the city is embraced by mist almost every day, but it’s still so beautiful and unique that we are never fed up with it.
There’s a lot of things to do at Christmas in Venice, let’s have a look at the most important and curious events for Christmas and New Year’s Eve that you can enjoy during your stay.

Venice at Christmas: where to find the markets

Venice is a Christmas market kind of city, even if many people can’t imagine this is the case Usually, in Campo San Polo, not far from Rialto bridge, there are many stands where you can find some unique presents to bring back home as a Christmas souvenir from Venice, and you can always delight your palate with some yummy sweets.
If you feel like taking the train or the bus you can reach Mestre, the closest city to Venice, and spend a day among its Christmas Markets and shows, especially if you’re traveling with children.

Skating rink in Campo San Polo

Even if you’re traveling to Venice with no kids, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t spend an hour at the skating rink in Campo San Polo. It’s a way to remember how Christmas was when we were children, waiting for the snow to fall and turn everything white, wearing ice skates just to try them once and breathing that unique atmosphere that only Christmas can create.

Ballet at Teatro Goldoni

Another thing we love to do in Venice at Christmas time is going to the theatre, and if it’s snowing outside it’s even more romantic.
The Goldoni theatre is not as beautiful as La Fenice, but it’s still a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours, immersed in music and culture.
This year, for example, Swan Lake will be on stage on December 26, performed by the Moscow State Classical Ballet.
Maybe going to the theatre is something you don’t usually do, but Christmas time in Venice is a good time to do it – not to mention that you’ll be attending the show inside the oldest theatre in the city.

Concert at Scuola Grande di San Teodoro

If you love concerts, you can’t miss those played by I Musici Veneziani, an orchestra formed by some of the best Venetian musicians and singers, which was established in 1996 to keep the memory of the Serenissima during its most splendid period alive.
Every year, for New Year’s Eve, this group of artists organizes a concert at the Scuola Grande di San Teodoro, located halfway between Rialto and St. Mark’s Square, that it is really worth attending. You can read more about it and possibly buy tickets on the official website of I Musici Veneziani.

Santa Claus Run for Charity

Imagine Venice full of Santas running all over the city!
If you want to do something for charity at Christmas time and having fun doing it, there’s a run you can join in Venice, on December 16. With a symbolic 10 euro contribution, you’ll get a Santa Claus costume, and something to eat at the end of the run.
It’s a way to experience Venice differently and meet other people who share the same desire of doing something nice for those who can’t live Christmas as we do.

New Year’s Eve in St. Mark’s Square

How could we fail to mention the greatest New Year’s Eve event in Venice? Every year a wonderful party takes place in the most beautiful ballroom in Europe: St. Mark’s Square.
After a long live concert in the square, that you can attend for free, there’s a midnight firework display to welcome the new year.
Don’t expect a firework show like the one taking place during the Redentore’s feast, which is absolutely the most beautiful one, but we can assure you that watching the New Year’s firework display coloring the night is something you’ll remember forever.