Italy off the beaten paths - Venice between gondolas and art

Venice is a unique destination by default, thanks to its one-of-a-kind layout, location and atmosphere, impossible to recreate and find anywhere else but in this Italian lagoon.

Its uniqueness comes also from a series of events that the city is famous for, some dating back to the beginning of the history of this Maritime republic, some a bit more recent but still considered of historical importance.

Two of these events occur at the end of the Summer and are some of the most important occurrences in the city: the Historical boat race (regata Storica) and the Venice Film Festival (Mostra del cinema).

Regata Storica in Canal Grande - 3 settembre 2017

The first historical record of the event dates back to the mid 13th century, when it was part of the “Festa delle Marie” celebrations.

The Venetian regata has always consisted of various races with different kinds of boat (originally these included galleys, peatoni, and barges, as well as lighter boats rowed by two or more oarsmen).

Today, the most popular race is the Regata dei Gondolini. On the day of the “Regata Storica”, St Mark’s Bay and the Grand Canal are packed with boats of every shape and size, filled with loudly cheering, local supporters.

The key points and stages in the regatta are the following:

- the spagheto (rope) marking the starting line in front of the Sant’Elena gardens;

- the paleto (turning post) into the middle of the Grand Canal in front of the Santa Lucia railway station, the point at which the winners traditionally take the lead;

- the machina, an elaborately carved, gaily colored floating structure moored in front of Ca’ Foscari, that constitutes both the finishing line and the stage where the cash prizes and pennants are presented.

Venice Film Festival - August 30th to September 9th, 2017

The 74th Venice International Film Festival is organised by La Biennale di Venezia, and will be held on the Lido di Venezia from August 30th to September 9th, 2017.

Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi and in other venues nearby. Since its beginning in 1932 as the first film festival in history, the Venice Film Festival has grown into one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, hosting some of the best current movies and bring the most important movie stars to the lagoon.

The Venice Biennale was founded by the Venetian City Council in 1895 and it has been for over 120 years one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world. In 1895 the first International Art Exhibition was organized, then in the 1930s new festivals were born: Music, Cinema, and Theatre, in 1980 the first International Architecture Exhibition took place, and finally in 1999 Dance made its debut at La Biennale.

This comprehensive Art Exhibition takes its name from the fact that it takes place every two years (Biennale= by yearly).

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