Full list of the 2010
Events in Venice
6th - Epiphany:
Religious festivity and Befane
music, distribution of sweets, mulled wine for all watching
the "Befane" racing on the Canal Grande.
Bucintoro (Tel. +39 041 5237933)
2007 February 6th
begins the 6th of February and ends the 16th of February
(until Ashes Wednesday). The Carnival of Venice 2010 will be
"Sensation: 6 sense for 6 sestieri", Six
senses for six neighbourhoods.
At the beginning of the XV century
social clubs, whose aim was to organize festivities and
entertainment, were set up in the city by groups of Venetian
nobles and gentlemen. These clubs were called "Compagnia di
Calza" and their distinguishing feature was their variously
coloured "flags". It was like a breath
of fresh air, a sign of exuberance and inventiveness. To wear
a mask became obligatory: one had to put on a different face
from the one worn every day. The masks from the "Commedia
dell' Arte" came into the squares to
mingle with the merry-making crowd. During more recent years
Carnival has re-exploded into life as an expression of popular
joy, when square and theatre intertwine, and so Venice lives
on through Carnival. Events and festivities are organized for
a period of about ten days, to be exact those immediately
preceding Lent. Music, plays, dance and folklore alternate in
the theatres and palaces, while the streets, the canals, the
large and small squares become one enormous, joyful stage.
- St.Valentine's day
End of Venetian Carnival
April 18th -
«Su e zo per i ponti» (Up
and down the bridges), a non competitive foot-race which winds
along the narrow streets and crosses almost all the districts
April 20th - Easter
holiday. Public holiday.
April 25th - "Liberation Day" and "Feast of St.
patron saint; in these days Italy celebrates its liberation
from the Nazis at the end of 2nd World War. Public holiday. In
Venice the feast day honoring the patron saint of Venice is
also called "festa del Bocolo": men are presenting their
partner and/or women of their family with a
long stemmed red rose (the "ḅcolo", blossom).
May 1st -
"May Day" (Labor Day). Public
May 21st -
festivity of the Sensa (Ascension Day). Revival of the old
marriage ceremony of Venice to the sea with a
procession of decorated boats. The wedding ceremony between
the Doge and the sea (now the mayor plays the part)
May 23rd - Vogalonga,
International non-competitive rowing-race, taking place in
front of St.Mark's Square and Venice Lagoon.
This is a 30 Km. non-competitive rowing race in which
hundreds of boats of every shape and form, together with
hundreds of Venetian and foreign rowers, take part. This day
of festivity, completely devoted to rowing, makes it
possible for Venice and the lagoon to be rediscovered along
the race's singular course (from the lagoon to Burano, and
back down through the Grand Canal).
The first edition of the Vogalonga originated in 1974 to find
a remedy for a degrading situation of the lagoon due to
noisy boats with outboard motors. 500 old venetian boats
thus gathered following the same route today. Now the boats
are more than 1700 with about 5000 rowers and Venetians are
almost a minority in comparison with vigorous crews coming
from all over the world.
A medal will be given to all the participants that covered the
May 31th -"Whit Sunday" and "Ancient Sea Republics Regatta" -
An annual challenge
between the four Antique Italian Maritime Republics (Venice,
Genua, Amalfi and Pisa) who take it in turns to organise the
regata. The last time this contest took place in Venice was in
1999. The boats - all identical - have eight "vogatori"
(rowers) plus the helmsman, with fixed seats and a minimum
weight of 750 kg. They are made of fiberglass with different
colours and figureheads. The race covers 1.800-2.000 metres
and in Venice the finish line is opposite Piazzetta S. Marco
in the lagoon. The regatta starts with a long pageant of over
300 people wearing costumes of the time, with flags, banners
and figurehead horses.
June 2nd -
"Republic Day" and
June 7th - November 22nd
- Biennale 53rd International Art Exhibition
17th - S. Giovanni e
Last week of June - Feast of San
Pietro di Castello Various stands offering
traditional Venetian dishes and wine.
July 17th (Third week of July) -
Feast-Day of the Redeemer. Religious ceremonies are held every year in
the church erected to commemorate the plague of 1577. The
festival begins on Saturday night when decorated boats take up
position in St.Mark's Basin to watch the fireworks. Sunday
afternoon there is a regatta in the Giudecca Canal. Visitors to
the Redentore church (Giudecca Island) can reach it by walking
across a specially built pontoon bridge
August 5th -
August 15th - Concert "dell'Assunta",
island of Torcello
Venice Film Festival. Fiction
films, documentaries and shorts are screened, with the
prestigious Golden Lion awarded for best film. Various venues.
For information and tickets, call 041-521-8711.
September 5th (First Sunday of September) - Regata Storica
(Historical regatta). Traditional rowing race down the Grand
Canal. begin at h. 14,30 until about h. 18,30. This annual
boat race, a test of the gondolieri's mettle, takes place on
the Grand Canal. Boats are decorated, spirits run high and the
competition is fierce. Phone 041-270-8080.
September 18th - PREMIO CAMPIELLO (3°
Saturday of September). A very famous book contest.
- Burano Regatta
October 24th - (4° Sunday of
Marathon. Official marathon along the brenta-riviera to
The annual date for running enthusiasts
at one of the most fascinating and spectacular venues of all
the official marathons that are run at international level.
The course winds along the Brenta Riviera, among the villas
and the old country residences of the Venetian nobility, to
arrive at the unique and coveted finishing line that is St.
Mark's Square in Venice. Start from Stra, finish Riva Sette
Martiri, Venice. Collection of numbers, 25-26 October at
Exposport, piazza Ferretto/piazzale Candiani, Mestre. Pasta
Party for all the athlets saturday 26 October.The marathon is
open to Italians and foreigners who will have come of age
within October 27 2002.
Feast of Madonna della Salute
("Our Lady of Good Health's Day"). Religious event. Feast
day of our Lady of Good Health at the Salute Church. It was
built in thanks for the city's deliverance from the the plague
of 1630-31. Today, a procession across the Grand Canal ends at
the church, where participants pray for the sick.
December 8th - Feast of the Immaculate
Conception. Public holiday.
December 25th - Christmas. Religious
festivity and public holiday.
December 26th - St. Stephen's Day.
Religious festivity and public holiday