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Europe’s premier arts showcase since 1907 is something of a misnomer: the Venice Biennale is actually held every year, but the spotlight alternates between art (odd-numbered years) and architecture (even-numbered yea...
A show of endurance each May or June, this 32km 'long row' starts with 1000 boats launching outside the Palazzo Ducale, loops past Burano and Murano, and ends with cheers, sweat and enough prosecco to numb blisters ...
The only thing hotter than a Lido beach in August is the Film Festival's star-studded red carpet, usually rolled out from the last weekend in August through the first week of September.
Sixteenth-century costumes, eight-oared gondolas and ceremonial barques feature in this historical procession (usually held in September), which re-enacts the arrival of the Queen of Cyprus and precedes gondola races.
Walk on water across the Giudecca Canal to Il Redentore via a wobbly pontoon bridge on the third Saturday and Sunday in July, then watch the fireworks from the Zattere.
If you'd survived plague, floods and Austrian invasion, you'd throw a party too...
Masquerade madness stretches over two weeks in February before Lent...
Party like it's 1527 with baroque costume parties at the Villa Pisani and Villa Widmann, historically correct country fairs that even have gelati in baroque-era flavours...
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