From 31 May to 4 June, the excellence of international shipbuilding returns to Venice with the fourth edition of the Venice Boat Show inside the ancient Arsenal of the Serenissima. Alongside the top of the luxury yachts, maxi-yachts and sailboats there is space for traditional Venetian shipbuilding and all related nautical industries in terms of components and materials, with a particular focus on sustainability and new engines.
But the city, outside the walls of the Arsenale, offers the visitor its immense artistic and architectural heritage and a busy calendar of temporary exhibitions and city events for an unforgettable stay.
Palazzo Ducale, in addition to the visit to the official rooms and its secret itineraries, hosts a major exhibition dedicated to Vittore Carpaccio paintings and drawings, open until 18 June, which sheds new light on the work of the Venetian painter and its evolution.
Since May, the lagoon city has welcomed the world of architecture with the 18th International Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, entitled The Laboratory of the Future.
An event which, until 26 November, will not only occupy the classic exhibition venues of the Biennale – Arsenale and Giardini – but which will expand throughout the city with national pavilions and ad hoc exhibitions in all districts and on the mainland.
Important exhibitions also at the Fondation Pinault in the two locations of Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana. ‘Chronorama. Photographic treasures of the 20th century’ is the world premiere dedicated to the photographic masterpieces recently acquired by the Pinault Collection and coming from the archives of the Condé Nast group magazines (Vogue, Vanity Fair, etc.).
The exhibition, at Palazzo Grassi until 7 January 2024, brings together over four hundred works that tell the story of the twentieth century through the events, social phenomena and personalities that have marked it.
On the other hand, open until 26 November is the thematic exhibition ‘Icônes’, at Punta della Dogana, which revolves around the works of the Pinault Collection, inviting reflection on the theme of the icon and the status of the image. https://pinaultcollection.com/
In terms of events on the water, do not miss the Palio of the Ancient Maritime Republics which is held in rotation every year in one of the four seaside cities: Amalfi, Genoa, Pisa and Venice. On Friday 3 June the historical processions will cross the calli to perform in Piazza San Marco, while on Saturday 4 June it will be the turn of the real competition between the crews aboard the rowing galleons which will take place in the Bacino San Marco, between the Giardini della Biennale and the Punta della Dogana. A highly anticipated show that warms the public from the banks to support their banner.
For those wishing to anticipate their arrival in the city for the Boat Show by a few days, they will be able to attend the traditional appointment with the Festa della Sensa, on May 21st, which renews the age-old marriage of Venice with the sea, followed on May 28th by the 47th edition of the Vogalonga, the sporting event that takes place in the lagoon on a route of about 30 kilometres.
But Venice in spring is also an ideal destination for a weekend of relaxation and pleasure, offering facilities for every taste and availability. Whether in a hotel, b&b or apartment, the city offers various solutions between the historic centre, the islands and the mainland.
Some new hotels overlooking the Riva degli Schiavoni (VRetreats in Venice Ca’ di Dio https://vretreats.com/ca-di-dio/) or along the Grand Canal (The Venice Venice Hotel https://venicevenice.com/it/) or still a few steps from Piazza San Marco soon to open (Hotel Al Violino d’Oro https://venicevenice.com/it/) go next to the Certosa Marina Hotel and annex on the homonymous island, where during the he summer also opens the panoramic restaurant of the Alajmo Hostaria Group in Certosa.
Also not to be missed is the gastronomic experience proposed at Ca’ Vendramin Calergi by the well-known chef Alessandro Borghese at the restaurant The luxury of simplicity (https://www.alessandroborghese.com/ristorante-venezia/) or that of chef Enrico Bartolini at the restaurant overlooking on the Grand Canal Glam of the luxury Hotel Venart (https://www.enricobartolini.net/ristorante-glam-venezia) or even that of Zanze XVI the Nuova Osteria Veneziana near Piazzale Roma (https://zanze.it/).