The Festa della Sensa

The Festa della Sensa

The Festa della Sensa re-enacts aspects of the history of the Republic, its intimate relationship with the Sea and Venetian Rowing practice. It takes place in May and is the first important water festival of the year. Traditionally, the "Festa della Sensa" or...

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The Vogalonga

The Vogalonga

The Vogalonga is one of Venice’s main water festivals, a 32km non-competitive race for rowing boats; in the spirit of historical festivities. Every year, several thousands of participants take part in what can be described as a fun and exciting non competitive race....

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The Regata Storica of Venice

The Regata Storica of Venice

The Regata Storica of Venice, is an important annual traditional event; featuring an historic water pageant and boat racing competitions. It is the main event in the annual "Voga alla Veneta", rowing calendar and takes place every first Sunday of September and has...

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Scala Contarini del Bovolo

Scala Contarini del Bovolo

Scala Contarini del Bovolo, situated at the courtyard side of the Palazzo Contarini; is Venice’s most impressive and admired spiral staircase. The name of this multi-arched structure is derived from the word “bovolo”, or “snail” and features alternating red cotto...

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The Great Venetian Flood of 1966

The Great Venetian Flood of 1966

The Great Venetian Flood of 1966 was an unprecedented “acqua alta”, with waters peaking at 194 cm; making it the worst flood in its history. The post includes an illustrated diary, drawn from local reports and notes; of those few eventful days in early November 1966. ...

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Isola di Mazzorbo

Isola di Mazzorbo

Isola di Mazzorbo, about 10 kilometres NE of Venice; is connected by a wooden pedestrian bridge to Burano and is its sixth “sestiere”. Both islands have approximately the same size of about 0.2 km², but otherwise, the two islands are very different. Burano, the island...

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Lido di Venezia: Part 2

Lido di Venezia: Part 2

Lido di Venezia: Part 2, covers the island’s military role in the defence of Venice and its lagoon islands; together with the urbanisation and development of the island in the 19th and 20th centuries, as a suburb of Venice and its most famous holiday resort. Lido di...

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Lido di Venezia: Part 1

Lido di Venezia: Part 1

Lido di Venezia: Part 1. This post covers more general descriptive, historical and cultural information, to help maximise your appreciation of what the island has to offer. Just a few kilometres south of Venice, it has a quite different atmosphere and appeal; that...

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Lido di Pellestrina

Lido di Pellestrina

Lido di Pellestrina is a long thin island, forming a barrier or “lidi”; between the southern Venetian Lagoon and the Adriatic Sea. To the north-west is the popular seaside resort of Lido di Venezia, separated by the Malamocco inlet to the lagoon. To the south is the...

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Santa Maria delle Grazie

Santa Maria delle Grazie

Santa Maria delle Grazie, has been a hospice for pilgrims, a convent, powder store and a hospital for infectious disease. Currently it is a private regeneration and development project, with a theme of “well-being, rest and recuperation”.       INTRODUCTION...

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