Visiting Venice? Our travel guide for 2020

From the traditional Carnevale to the Biennale, here is our guide to all the unmissable events in the city for 2020.

February 19, 2020

Events guide to Venice

Have you booked a stay in Venice and you don’t want to miss any of the exclusive events in the city? The new decade brings with it a series of events dedicated to art, history and fun, making a trip to the Serenissima a must-do at least once in a life.  All the events are well distributed throughout the year, so you will have many options to choose from. Many of them, therefore, will last for weeks or full months, so you can easily combine a few during your trip.

Here’s our guide to the top events you can’t miss this year in Venice.


Photo Credits: Thom Ouellette


The events in March

Until March 31 and for the first time in its history, in the grandstand of Palazzo Grimani, a room designed by Giovanni Grimani to showcase his collection of works, it is possible to admire the “Rapture of Ganymede” exposed together with the other 100 sculptures.

Starting March 22, on the first floor of Palazzo Grassi will be exposed some of the most significant works of photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908 – 2004), a collection of 385 images, considered the milestones of his career. You can continue your tour inside Palazzo Grassi, admiring the monographic exhibition ‘Once upon a Dream’ of the artist Youssef Nabil.

To complete a month dedicated to museums, from 23 March, 155 exceptional glass vases, sculptures and installations created by sixty American and Venetian artists will be exhibited inside  Le Camere di Vetro Museum, located on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. A journey along the traditional Venetian glass processing techniques from the sixties to today.


Photo Credits: Max Li


From April to August

In April, come to relive the fascinating history of the opera of Venice through a multisensory experience inside the Doge’s apartment. A journey from its origins to the contemporary era showcasing the main paintings, drawings, dresses, booklets, sets and memorable previews.

May 24 is Festa della Sensa day, traditionally called “the wedding of the year” in Venice. It consists in a party to celebrate the relationship between Venice and the sea. Hundreds of boats will be the protagonists of a spectacular procession in the sea, which starts from San Marco and it is visible from the suggestive Riva Degli Schiavoni. At the end of the celebration, a ring will be thrown into the sea to symbolize the marriage between the land and the sea.

Another unmissable event in June is the Art Night, a series of cultural events throughout the city organized by the Ca ‘Foscari University. The event will last only one night and will include meetings with writers, guided tours, concerts, light shows and activities for children: the main difficulty will be to choose what to participate.

The Festa Del Redentore  is a traditional Venetian event in memory of the plague of 1576; it is celebrated with a pilgrimage to the Church of the Redentore on the island of Giudecca, taking place on the third Sunday of July each year. This is one of most loved celebration in Venice. During this day, residents and tourists revel in the refined Venetian cuisine, superb entertainment and a majestic stage unlike any other.

The celebrations begin on Saturday evening and continue throughout the night involving the whole city. But it all stops at 11:30, when the magnificent firework show begins. Venice is illuminated by colors and pyrotechnic plays and is one of the most memorable experiences that this city has to offer. The best spot to enjoy this show is on a boat, swaying on calm water along the Gran Canale or on the San Marco Basin


Photo Credits: Marcos Fontana


From September to December

Further unmissable events are scheduled in the last months of the year.

September 6 is the day of the historical Regatta. This unique sport has been practiced 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. There are four races divided in type of craft. The best known and most exciting of these is the “Campioni su Gondolini” race, where a series of small, sporting gondolas fly down the Grand Canal.


From 10 September to 11 October Venice will celebrate European and Japanese art treasures at the Giorgio Cini Foundation, located in the former monastery of San Giorgio on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Homo Faber 2020 will host 17 exhibitions paying homage to the master craftsmen and their magnificent works. An unmissable cultural event that celebrates the human ability to forge ideas and creativity by transforming them into unique and precious design objects. The program is definitely captivating: live workshops, conference installations, film screenings and a garden exhibition. Furthermore, you will have a unique opportunity to explore the magnificent structures of the Giorgio Cini Foundation.

In every period of the year Venice has much to offer: art, culture, exhibitions, special events. From the most exclusive gala evenings to the most avant-garde exhibitions, in this city you can breathe a constant cultural ferment that mixes styles, experiments and suggestions.

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