VENETO TOP EVENTS 2020


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. 

2.   Finals of the Alpine Skiing World Cup, Cortina 2020
The weekend of 18-22 March 2020 marks the great return of men’s skiing to the “Queen of the Dolomites”. Five days of races and events, 9 races in total and the awarding of 12 specialist titles, 2 general titles and 2 national titles.  An event that will bring around 150 athletes from 20 countries and over 28,000 spectators to Cortina d’Ampezzo.

3.   Vinitaly
From 19 to 22 April in Veronafiere, the calendar is filled with the exhibition and tastings of Italian and foreign wines and with a rich conference programme addressing the main issues related to the wine market. This year, important innovations confirm Vinitaly’s increasing recognition as an incubator of emerging trends on the Italian wine scene, with a space dedicated to small production companies using indigenous and high quality varieties.

4.   The Giro d'Italia 2020

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.

5.   Verona Arena Opera Festival

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.

7.   Cinema Biennale

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. 

8.   Historical Regatta

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.

9.   Game of Chess in Marostica
From 11 to 13 September in Marostica, the unmissable famous chess game, an emotional historical re-enactment and maximum expression of Vicenza tradition. The game of living pawns, which is played only in even numbered years, will involve more than five hundred people appearing in period costumes.

10.   Fieracavalli

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.