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Top Choice Classical Music in San Polo & Santa Croce

Palazetto Bru Zane

Pleasure palaces don't get more romantic than Palazetto Bru Zane on concert nights, when exquisite harmonies tickle Sebastiano Ricci angels tumbling across stucco-frosted ceilings. Multi-year restorations returned t…
Top Choice Opera in San Marco

Teatro La Fenice

La Fenice, one of Italy's top opera houses, hosts a rich program of opera, ballet and classical music. With advance booking you can tour the theatre, but the best way to see it is with the loggionisti – opera buffs …
Live Music in Dorsoduro

Musica in Maschera

Music and dancing in a religious institution? Rome tried to forbid it for centuries, but the Venetian tradition continues today at the Scuola Grande dei Carmini with Musica in Maschera, concerts performed in 1700s c…
Live Music in Dorsoduro

Venice Jazz Club

Jazz is alive and swinging in Dorsoduro, where the resident Venice Jazz Club Quartet pays regular respects to Miles Davis and John Coltrane, as well as heating up with Latin and bossa nova beats on Tuesday and Frida…
Live Music in Cannaregio

Paradiso Perduto

‘Paradise Lost’ is a find for anyone craving a cold beer canalside on a hot summer’s night. Although the restaurant is also popular, the Paradiso is particularly noted for its Monday night gigs; Chet Baker, Keith Ri…
Theatre in Cannaregio

Teatro Malibran

This pretty 17th-century theatre was built over the ruins of Marco Polo's palazzo (mansion). It now shares a classical music, opera and ballet program with La Fenice, as well as hosting an intimate chamber-music sea…
Casino in Cannaregio

Casinò Di Venezia

Found in 1638, the world's oldest casino only moved into its current palatial home in the 1950s. The building certainly wasn't lucky for composer Richard Wagner, who died here in 1883; the Museo Wagner now occupies …
Cinema in Cannaregio

Circuito Cinema Giorgione Movie d’Essai

Screenings of international film-festival winners, recently restored classics and family-friendly animations share top billing at this modern cinema in the heart of Venice. There are two screens (one tiny) and two o…
Club in Dorsoduro

Il Piccolo Mondo

Venice's only disco is only worth visiting during the Biennale when the art world brings glamour to its otherwise staid atmosphere.
Live Performance in Castello

Collegium Ducale

Spend a perfectly enjoyable evening in prison with this six-member chamber orchestra, whose grace notes in Bach and Albinoni performances escape through the high, barred windows of the converted cell. Opera singers …