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May 2015

Literary Venice #suggestedreadings

“Tell me where is fancy bred,
Or in the heart, or in the head?”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

5 books that might inspire you, all set in Venice: a thriller, a novel, a memoir, a guide, a cookbook.

#1 Acqua Alta, a commissario Guido Brunetti mystery

#2 The Wings of the Dove, Henry James

#3 A classic

#4 A guideby Hugo Pratt

#5 A cookbook

Save the dates

Things to ponder before planning a visit

It might be busy on the following dates, you’re strongly advised to book in advance.

Carnival time, immediately before the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter, ending on Shrove Tuesday (Martedì Grasso).

25th April San Marco, Festa del bòcolo (Feast of the rosebud)

Venice’s patron saint, St. Mark. Men traditionally give a single rosebud to the women they love. Just to give you an idea, look what they have organised last year.

25th April Liberation Day

Anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the end of the Nazi occupation of the country.

La Biennale di Venezia

International Art Exhibition, held every odd-numbered year from May to November. If you enjoy art, this is a must-see.

Festa della Sensa (Feast of the Ascension, Sensa in the Venetian language)

May 8th 2016 /May 9th 2016

May 25th 2017

Celebrated by the Republic of Venice, it commemorated two specific historical events; the first occurred on May 9th 1000, when the Doge Pietro II Orseolo rescued the denizens of Dalmatia imperiled by the Slavs. The second event took place in 1177 when the Doge Sebastiano Ziani, Pope Alexander III and the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick Barbarossa agreed to the Treaty of Venice which ended the long standing differences between the Pontificate and the Holy Roman Empire.

The ceremony of the Marriage of the Sea is a vital part of the festival. The Mayor of Venice takes on the traditional role performed by the Doge.

Festa del Redentore 

It takes place the third Sunday of July, commemorating Venice’s deliverance from plague, back in 1576. It’s one one the most suggestive events to see.

Mostra Internazionale del Cinema, Venice International Film Festival

It takes place in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, Venice, Italy. The 72nd Festival starts September 2nd and ends September 12th. More info here.

Regata Storica (Regattas)

It’s held on the Grand Canal on the first Sunday in September.

November 21st Festa della Salute

It marks the end of the 1630 pestilence. The beautiful church, located on the Punta della Salute, was built as a sign of gratitude to the Virgin Mary. The project is by Baldassarre Longhena. It’s a religious feast, attended mainly by locals.

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