The Venice Biennale this year runs from 9th May – 22nd November and offers plenty of good excuses (if any are needed!) to plan a visit to this unique and exquisitely beautiful city.
The 56th International Art Exhibition, showing for the full duration, takes place at the Giardini, the Arsenale and other various locations across the city. The curator this year is Okwui Enwezor, and the title chosen for the exhibition is ‘All the World’s Futures’. Okwui Enwezor says that the project will demonstrate the relationship of art and artists to the current state of things in the world. ‘The ruptures that surround and abound around every corner of the global landscape today recall the evanescent debris of previous catastrophes piled at the feet of the angel of history in Angelus Novus. How can the current disquiet of our time be properly grasped, made comprehensible, examined, and articulated?’
Other events during the period will include Biennale College: Dance, from 25th – 28thJune, the 43rd International Theatre Festival from30th July – 9th August and, the 72ndVenice International Film Festival from 2nd – 12th September. Finally, there is also a 59th International Festival of Contemporary Music from 2nd – 11th October.
We can offer some great suggestions for places to stay in different ‘sestieri’ of Venice during the Biennale, including San Marco, Dorsoduro, San Polo, and the islands of Giudecca, San Pietro di Castello and Torcello.
Apartment Vallaresso is a perfect rental apartment for a couple wanting to be in a quiet location, yet at the heart of all the action. The third floor apartment overlooks rooftops and a quiet courtyard, just steps away from Piazza San Marco. It is light and spacious, with parquet flooring, soft colours and contemporary furniture.
In the lovely neighbourhood of Dorsoduro, Apartment Dorsoduro is situated on the second floor of a historical palace bordering with two canals, and private gardens. The two bedroom apartment is bright and spacious, with charming, typically Venetian canal views from every window.
For something completely different, Zitelle is a fabulous property right on the edge of the water with views over the Canale della Giudecca to the dome of the Santa Maria della Salute church. Giudecca is a wonderful Venetian base, benefitting from being just 10 minutes by vaporetto from Piazza San Marco, yet quiet and very authentic, with plenty of charming local restaurants and food shops. The interior design is very and stylish, and there is also a furnished terrace to take advantage of the stunning views. The apartment can be rented with 2 or 3 bedrooms as there is an extra studio which can be made available on request.
For somewhere totally unique, and situated very conveniently for the main Biennale venue at Arsenal, there is an impressive and beautifully decorated four-storied luxury palazzo, on the small island of San Pietro di Castello, linked to the main islands by two bridges. Accommodating up to 16 people, and with fabulous views from every window, it is also a great venue for a weddings, and other celebrations. An enormous vaulted room on the lowest level can seat around 50 people, and also on this level is a gym and heated pool, and a small garden. On the next floor up, is the living area and kitchen, also with a large terrace overlooking the water. A large roof terrace is the perfect place for evening drinks while taking in the views!