Suggestion for visiting Venice 2013

Dear all,

Time flies by fast and it has been quite a few weeks since my last communication! So here I am with lot of suggestions for visiting Venice:

Well, on paper spring has arrived, even if the weather is quite ‘pazzerello’ (crazy), as we say in Italian. We had a very ‘complete’ winter: snow, ‘acqua alta,' and the two combined together which is quite a rare event. But according to the meteorologists, from mid-April onwards we will finally get warmer and brighter days, so it would be perfect to come to Venice in the next weeks.


On the cultural side, Venice is getting ready with many exhibitions and interesting events, the most important being the opening of the Biennale d’Arte at the end of May: the vernissage will be on 29th, 30th and 31st, then it will be open to the public from June 1st to November 24th (my suggestion is to avoid the vernissage and come later on). At the moment there is a new exhibition by Rudolf Stingel at Palazzo Grassi (until December 31st) and when you step inside the building you will be quite surprised. On the other side of the Francois Pinault’s collection, Punta della Dogana, will open again its doors from May 30th to the end of 2013.

There are also three photographic exhibitions at the moment: Berengo Gardin at ‘Casa dei Tre Oci’ on Giudecca island (until May 12th), Maurizio Galimberti at Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti (until  May 12th, too),  and Gotthard Schuh at Palazzo Loredan (until May 5th).


For glass lovers, another great exhibition on San Giorgio Island called ‘Rooms of Glass. Fragile?’ which will run until July 28th, and for who is interested in history, ‘Venetian Fortresses in the Mediterranean’ will be at the Palazzo Ducale (until September 22nd).  Also in the San Marco’s area, in a couple of weeks will be  ‘Manet. Return to Venice’ (opening on April 24th until August 18th at the Palazzo Ducale).

Anyway, Venice is not only about art! On May 19th will take place one of the best and traditional events in town: the ‘Vogalonga’: a non competitive regatta known as the lagoon rowing marathon, while on the ‘fete’ side, you can not miss the Redentore 2013 on July 20th and 21st, with a wonderful fireworks on the water shown on Saturday evening, followed by a pilgrimage and solemn Mass on Sunday (to thank the Redentore who put to an end a terrible plague which occurred many centuries ago). The best way to see it would be on a boat, with Venetian people!


The staff and I are always available to organize many different things, including lagoon tours on a typical venetian boat, walks in the Zattere area with a Venetian painter, and even dinners with myself at La Caravella restaurant (property of our sister hotel, the ‘Saturnia’) which this year celebrates its 50th birthday!


I hope to see you soon in my beloved hometown, and do not hesitate to get in touch with me for any idea or suggestion you may need…all the best!


Marianna Serandrei