From gondola racing and an art extravaganza at La Biennale, to an international film festival and glassmaking celebrations, September is an action-packed month in Venice. And that’s before you’ve explored the city’s famous canal network, exciting restaurant scene and fascinating architecture.
The Regata Storica is Venice’s most exciting gondola race. It takes place annually on the first Sunday in September and sees teams of gondoliers racing along the Grand Canal. The race is preceded by a floating procession of costumed characters. A similar event, the Regata di Burano, takes place during the third week of September on the neighbouring island of Burano, at the same time as the Sagra del Pesce di Burano, a traditional fish-themed festival.
The Venice Film Festival (until 7 September) is another major highlight in the city’s cultural calendar. Every year it draws in a stellar line-up of celebrities from Hollywood and the international film circuit. The festival culminates with the Golden Lion award, one of the film industry’s most prestigious and distinguished prizes.
Meanwhile, La Biennale di Venezia is a contemporary art extravaganza which is ongoing until the 24 November at the Giardini and the Arsenale, as well as at various venues in and around the city. From 5-7 September Venice Glass Week celebrates Venice’s centuries-long tradition of glassmaking with tours, demonstrations and exhibitions taking place in venues across Venice, Murano and Mestre.
And throughout September, Venice’s historic opera house, Teatro La Fenice, has a packed schedule of events including ballet, music and opera performances.
Located around 8 km from the centre of Venice, Marco Polo Airport is a convenient choice for general aviation customers with a wide range of VIP services available and water taxi transfers in and around the city. The airport is open from 5 am to 10.30 pm with out of hours fuelling available on request. Jet A-1 is available here.