The 2018 Venice carnival begins on the 27th of January with the Carnival of Venice. Venice becomes an open city party where every corner is full of colours, masks and music. Parades go down the streets showing off masks and much more and traditional events such as the ‘Flight of the Angel’, Festa Delle Maria and La Colombina are hosted. St Mark's Square forms the heart of the Venice Carnival and local palaces throughout the city host grand masked balls to really get into the festive spirit.
What could be better than spending Valentine’s day in Verona home of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet? Verona in Love starts on the 14th February. Dedicated to love and lovers around Valentine’s day, it takes place in the main square of Verona where live concerts, tasting and craft events are held. You can also visit Juliet’s house, with its famous balcony, at a special rate. Arranging a romantic break to Verona could be the best Valentine’s gift ever. Let us take the hard work away by arranging a romantic break for you.
The famous international Verona opera festival starts at the Arena di Verona on the 22nd of June. Now in its 95th edition the opera will host this year: Aida, Carmen, Nabucco, Turandot, Barbiere di Siviglia and a Gala with acclaimed ballet star Roberto Bolle. We can arrange your trip for you, just have a look at our Verona opera breaks. If you don’t see what you are looking for, our travel experts will be happy to arrange a tailormade opera break just for you.
On the third Sunday of July the most popular event in Venice takes place – the Festival of the Redentore. The festival itself dates back to the year 1576 and is named after the church Redentore that was designed by Palladio and resides on the island of Guidecca. Traditionally, the Venetians celebrate this day by having dinner on the Saturday night while watching an incredible display of fireworks that light up the skies over Venice for an hour or more. Venice was suffering from a terrible plague, and the Republic's senate voted to build a temple on the Guidecca Island in honour of Christ the Redeemer, and the Venetians promised to go there every year on the third Sunday of July, if the plague stopped.
To end the summer, Venice is hosting the 75th edition of the film festival, one of the oldest and most famous festivals. It will be held at the Lido Island in the Venice Lagoon where thousands of visitors and celebrities will cram in ten days of fabulous festivities.
On the first Sunday of September the grand canal of Venice becomes a theatre for one of the greatest Venetian events – the historical regatta. Dating back to 1315 under the rule of doge Giovanni Soranzo, it starts out with colourful parades on the water, followed by the boats of the Venetian rowing club and then the women’s race of mascarete.
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