Held at St Mark's Square in Venice on 25th April, watch the gondola regatta and procession to the basilica in honour of Venice's Patron Saint. The finish point of the regatta is next to St. Mark's Pier.
A popular event for bird watchers and nature photographers. There are exhibitions, lectures, competitions and practical activities. There is also the chance to discover local traditions, food and wine and sports. 2019 dates to be confirmed.
The Vogalonga is a famous rowing race that began in 1975 and takes place on Pentecost Sunday. Each year more than 400 boats take part, with entrants from over 50 Venetian rowing clubs, as well as people from all over the world; in the past these have included a Chinese crew in a dragon boat and a local resident who has twice swam the entire course of the race! The race starts and finishes in St Mark's Basin, with the course taking the rowers across the lagoon to Burano Island and back through Cannaregio. 2019 dates to be confirmed.
The Notte Rosa or Pink Night is known as the summer’s New Year’s Eve party due to being universally enjoyed by everyone in the region. Running up and down the Adriatic Riviera, towns are decked with bright pink lights and decorations to get everybody in the festive spirit. The aim of the festival is to provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all.
Boasting fireworks, decorations and floats, this festival brings a riot of colour to Venice every July. Beginning life as a feast to give thanks for the end of the terrible plague of 1576, Festa del Redentore has now become a much more grand affair where Venetians and tourists alike dine on boats and indulge in the array of summer festivities.
One of the most eagerly awaited events of the summer! The 13km stretch of coastline at Cavallino Treporti is lit up by thousands of fireworks launched from 10 'stations', making this the longest firework display in the world. An incredible breathtaking spectacle enjoyed by over 200,000 visitors each year. From Punta Sabbioni to the Cavallino Lighthouse, you can watch the display from the beach, or from the sea on board a boat. It's officially amazing! 2019 date is to be confirmed.
This, the main event in the annual 'Voga alla Veneta' rowing calendar has been practiced in Venice for thousands of years. 16th Century style boats and gondoliers clad in period attire sail up the Grand Canal in a colourful parade before the actual races begin. There are four races - the most exciting being the Campioni su Gondolini where a series of small racing gondolas fly down the Grand Canal to the finishing line at the 'machina', the spectacular floating stage situated in front of the Ca' Foscari palace. 2019 dates to be confirmed.
The last Venetian regatta of the season takes place around the island of Burano which you can easily reach from Venice via boat. The event usually begins late in the afternoon - around 4pm. The regatta is visible from land (particularly from the ferry point on Burano), allowing you to take in the wonderful views of gondolas and mascarete with ease. Note: You can easily reach Venice by the ferry from the port of Punta Sabbioni. 2019 date to be confirmed.