Top Choice Performing Arts in Verona

Verona's Opera Festival

Around 14,000 music lovers pack the Roman Arena on summer nights during the world's biggest open-air lyrical music event, which draws international stars. Performances usually start at 8.45pm or 9pm. Tucking into a …
Art in Castello

La Biennale di Venezia

Europe’s premier arts showcase since 1907 is something of a misnomer: the Biennale is now actually held every year, but the spotlight alternates between art (odd-numbered years) and architecture (even-numbered years…
Cultural in Venice


A show of endurance each May or June, this 32km 'long row' starts with over 1500 boats launching outside the Palazzo Ducale, loops past Burano and Murano, and ends with cheers, sweat and enough prosecco to numb blis…
Cultural in Venice

Regata Storica

Sixteenth-century costumes, eight-oared gondolas and ceremonial barques feature in this historical procession (usually held in early September) along the Grand Canal, which re-enacts the arrival of the Queen of Cypr…
Music in Venice

Venice Jazz Festival

International legends from Wynton Marsalis to Buena Vista Social Club and Burt Bacharach bring down the house at La Fenice, while crowd-favourite acts play venues as diverse as the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Pu…
Cultural in Dorsoduro

Festa della Madonna della Salute

If you'd survived plague, floods and Austrian invasion, you'd throw a party too. Every year since the 17th century, Venetians have crossed a pontoon bridge across the Grand Canal on 21 November to give thanks at Chi…
Art in Venice

Venice Glass Week

Celebrating over a thousand years of alchemy and artisanship the newly inaugurated Venice Glass Week showcases Venetian glassworking skills in exhibitions, workshops and seminars. Guided tours at usually off-limit w…
Cultural in Brenta Riviera

Riviera Fiorita

Party like it's 1527 at baroque costume parties at the Villa Pisani and Villa Widmann, historically correct country fairs that even have gelati in baroque-era flavours. Usually held on the first or second weekend in…
Theatre in Verona

Estate Teatrale Veronese

One of the best ways to experience Verona's Teatro Romano (Roman Theatre) is to attend the summer festival, when theatre (with a clear preference for Shakespeare and Goldoni), dance and jazz performances are staged.
Film in Giudecca, Lido & the Southern Islands

Venice International Film Festival

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 to the first week of September.