1. Venice Carnival
The charm and mystery that shroud Venice during the Carnival celebrations make it a unique event in terms of history, masks and atmosphere. Time seems to stand still amidst the streets and squares, in a return to ancient splendour. From 8 to 28 February, Venice relives the ancient traditions of the Carnival with theatrical representations of joy and playfulness, with everyone in masks to celebrate the charm of a world of dancing, jokes and romantic encounters.
The Giro d'Italia 2020 will pass through Veneto with three stages. On 22 May sprinters will arrive in the Euganean Hills to cross the finish line in Monselice. On 23 May, there will be the hotly anticipated Wine Stage, the Prosecco Superiore individual time trial from Conegliano to Valdobbiadene, among the Unesco Heritage hills. Finally, on 27 May, the cyclists will inflame the streets of Vicenza with the stage that will set off from Bassano del Grappa.
The 2020 Festival opens on 13 June with a new production of Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Also on the bill are Aida, Turandot, Nabucco and La Traviata as well as intensely artistic and cultural shows, including the Jonas Kaufmann Gala Event, Roberto Bolle and Friends and the Gala IX Symphony of Beethoven.
6. Redentore (Redeemer)
The “most famous night”. The Festa del Redentore this year is celebrated on 19 July and is a tradition that has been repeated for over 400 years as a vote and thanksgiving for the end of the terrible plague that decimated the Venetian population. The highlight will be, as always, the fireworks show to be held in the Bacino San Marco.
The International Film Festival is scheduled from 2 to 12 September on the Venice Lido. The 77th edition of the oldest film festival in the world (founded in 1932) will be, as always, a competition among the great masters of cinema.
The spectacular and picturesque Venice Historical Regatta will be held on Sunday 6 September. And, whereas at the time of the Republic it was organized to celebrate military victories and to pay homage to foreign dignitaries, today it consists of two different moments: the historical procession along the Grand Canal and the regattas involving the great rowing champions.
Fieracavalli is an unmissable international event for admiring beautiful horses, watching competitions and shows and discussing equestrian tourism, training, art and wellbeing. From 5 to 8 November at Veronafiere, a programme full of events dedicated to the whole family and to the discovery of joy of horses.