I find the subject of this week’s blog really magical.  Venice is one of the must-see cities in Italy that every traveller should visit. Every  single nook and cranny of the city spells romance. Venice in Summer is a truly wonderful place to beColourful flower boxes add a splash of red while the gondolas ply their way up sparkling aquamarine canals in the summer sunshine. The light of Venice in summer is unlike anywhere else I have ever been, soft yet brilliant too – completely enchanting. There is much going on in the city that keeps it vibrant and appealing  all year round too!

Venice at Night – photo by Francisco Anzola


I am going to write about two great Venetian institutions in this week’s blog – the fabulous Teatro La Fenice and the amazing sporting event La Regatta

Teatro La Fenice

Teatro La Fenice photo Andreas Praefcke

One of the most visited places in Venice is Teatro La Fenice, home of the wold famous opera company.Destroyed by fire in 1996, the Fenice Opera House reopened in 2003, beautifully restored to its former glory. This historic theatre is one of the greatest Italian temples of bel canto, attracting national and international audiences.The rococo decor, glittering with gold leaf and huge chandeliers make this an essential place to visit on your trip to the city.  La Fenice Opera House’s rich programme of events includes performances of opera, classical ballet, symphony and theatre.

The Teatro La Fenice in Venice is one of the most important landmarks in the history of Italian theatre – and in the entire history of opera and well worth a visit to one of these amazing performances. Your breath will  be taken away. Here are just some of the 2019 highlights.


Bizet’s classic tale of love, jealousy and revenge opens the season. Carmen is a seductive, free-spirited femme fatale who declares that any person she loves should beware. However, even she is unprepared for what will happen when she decides to seduce Don José, an army corporal who initially appears uninterested in her charms. Conducted by Myung-Whun Chung.

Dates: 25, 26, 27, 28, 29(m), 31 Mar 2020, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5(m) Apr 2020


Like all of Vivaldi’s operas Farnace is a combination of beauty and brilliance. This rarely performed opera is a passionate drama of political and dynastic intrigue: in the ultimate test of family loyalties, Farnace and his mother-in-law Berenice are pitted against each other for political gain and control of the kingdom.

Held at Teatro Malibran.  Dates: 30 Apr 2020, 3(m), 5, 7, 9(m) May 2020.

Interior of Teatro La Fenice photo by Pavel Krok


Another of Verdi’s classics! Egypt is at war with Ethiopia. Aida, daughter of the Ethiopian king, has been captured by the Egyptians. Secretly, she loves an Egyptian general, Radamès, who returns her love. When Radamès is selected to lead a renewed assault against the enemy, Aida is forced to choose between betraying her country and betraying her heart.

Dates: 23, 28, 30 Aug 2020, 1, 2, 5, 9, 13(m) Sep 2020.

La Cambiale Di Matrimonio

This was Rossini’s first opera and is based on on the play by Camillo Federici. The quality he produced at this young age still astonishes.  Sir Tobias Mill, an English merchant, receives a letter from Slook, his agent in Canada, asking him to look out for a suitable wife for him. Mill decides that his daughter Fanny is the ideal candidate. But Fanny is already in love with Edoardo.

Dates: 11, 15, 17, 20, Oct 2020.

Auditorium of Teatro La Fenice form the stage photo by Pietro Tessarin

If you are visiting Venice, the Teatro La Fenice is definitely a must for making your stay extra special. In addition, the Theatre hosts a Maria Callas exhibition, focused on her Venetian years.

La Regatta

If you are  already planning a trip to Italy or if you want to come and witness something special , make a note of  Sunday  6th September on your calendar: the Venice Regatta 2020! The city on the water is ready to repeat one of its most charming and colourful  traditional festivals! The Historical Regatta, programme  does not change. Occurring, according to a well-established tradition, on the first Sunday of September, la Regata Storica Venice is one of the most anticipated annual calendar events in Venice, a unique and exciting way to get in touch with the spirit of this ancient city and one of its best known traditions: Venetian rowing.

Nineteenth Century photo of the historic regatta by Carlo Naya

The start time  is at 4.00pm, and this amazing spectacle starts with the traditional Historical Parade. This is one of the most anticipated moments of this intense day especially for tourists, eager to evoke the true history behind this event. The extraordinary water parade is  formed by traditional colourful boats, some of which are used only for events such as this.  Participants appear in lavish costumes meant to represent  the upper echelon of the Venetian society  including the Doge and the Duchess. During the day there are  four exciting  boat races , which are arranged  according to the age of the participants and the boats they use, this is  followed by  huge celebrations.

Venice Regatta photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra


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