There is no other city in the world like Venice where the entire city is an outdoor museum. Get lost in narrow streets far from tourist places and experience crossing more than 400 bridges, and may be you can be the one telling the exact number of bridges.
Supported by Italian Bankers' Association it has already become a tradition that one day a year some of the works of art and hidden masterpieces kept in the palaces of Italian banks are made available for public, and free of charge. This is a unique opportunity both for italians and tourists to admire variety of trends and tastes in art and architecture of various periods - from 18th century palaces to neo classical buildings, as well a designs of contemporary architects.
Numerous bridges, squares and streets of Venice become a stage for life celebration during the annual Venice Carnival which is the most famous among other carnivals in Europe. To get most of it, plan well before - you find here scheduled events and program.
The history of the church of Saints John and Paul (Giovanni e Paolo) begins with the dream of the doge Jacopo Tiepolo, who had a vision accompanied by the voice of the Lord, who sais: "This is the chosen place for my preachers." The church was consecrated on November 12th, 1430 by the nephew of Pope Gregory XII, Antonio Corrario, bishop of Cereda. After the 15th century the funeral services of all of Venice's doges were held here, and twenty-five doges are buried in the church.
Each year in May Venice hosts a Vogalonga boat race. The Vogalonga embraces local history and traditions, but also features an international dimension, bringing amateurs from all over the world together with the locals who spend their time in the lagoon.
Every second year Venice hosts one of the most important art event in the world - Biennale of Venice, featuring amazing artists in art, architecture, cinema, dance, music and theatre. Although you have to purchase tickets for main events and exhibitions, there are many related performances and exhibits throughout the citu taht you can admire at no expense. For detailed program and timetable check official website of the Biennale.
Each year there are few special days when state owned museums in Italy are open with free admission.
Receive your special birthday present from Italian Government - citizens from European Community ( EU ) can have free entrance in all state-owned Museums, National Galleries and Archeological Areas in Italy on their birthday. Just be sure to have your ID, Passport or simply a copy of it to show at the desk to get your gift - free ticket.