ABOVE: Eighteen oarsmen row a
ceremonial boat up the Grand Canal during the Regatta Storica in
From Venice for Visitors, an illustrated article about the Carnevale di
Venice Carnival Dates
Plan your trip to the Carnevale di Venezia with this calendar, which has
carnival dates through 2010.
Venice Carnival Masks
An illustrated history and discussion of Carnevale
masks with photos, shopping tips, and Web links.
Biennale di Venezia
From mid-June until early November in odd-numbered years, Venice hosts a famous
modern-art exposition that features painters, sculptors, and performance artists
from around the world. See my article
for a description of a Biennale from several years ago.
Gran Teatro La
Venice's opera house was gutted by a fire in 1996, but performances moved to
other venues during the theatre's restoration. The theatre is now back in
business, and you can book tickets or take a public tour.
International Film Festival
The annual Mostra Internazionale d'Arte
Cinematografica takes place in late August and early September.
On Ascension Day, Venetian oarfolk from every walk of life race around the
Lagoon by rowboat. It's a great spectacle, with nearly a thousand boats on the