The Top Things To Do In Venice – October 2016

October is one of the best months of the year to visit Venice. Temperatures are cooling down after the hot summer months and, best of all, the high tourist season is coming to an end. But that doesn't mean that the fun is ending; it seems that Venetian festivals, musical concerts, and events are reaching a zenith.

For starters, there's the Venice Marathon. There's an exhibit at the Doge's Palace — Venice, the Jews and Europe 1516-2016 — to celebrate the 500th year of the Jewish Ghetto (the oldest in the world). Don't miss Biennale Architecture with a tribute to Zaha Hadid, the famous architect who designed MAXXI, the modern museum in Rome. Museums by the Moonlight continues through the month with late nights at several Venetian museums.

Most Popular Activities

Things to Do in Venice October 2016

Gondola Canal Cruise & Serenade

Gondola Canal Cruise & Serenade

Cruise around Venice by gondola and be serenaded by a professional singer. You are poled past the romantic monuments of Venice — lavish palazzi, the Grand Canal, and the famous Rialto Bridge. This is a very popular activity, so be sure to book early.

Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

Doge's Palace Secret Itineraries Tour

You meet your expert guide at Piazza San Marco, just a short stroll from the Doge's Palace, where you explore the ornate rooms, as well as the darker, secret chambers where "justice was served". This double-duty tour shows you Tintoretto's frescos, and Piombi, the attic prison where Venetian's upper-class prisoners were held.

Venetian Bacari – Cicchetti & Wine Tour

Cicchetti & Wine Tour

Discover Venetians' favourite bacari — traditional wine bars where cicchetti are served Team up with a local guide who takes you to the best places for cicchetti,(tapas-style dishes), paired with a glass of prosecco or wine. Stroll through Venice, stopping at a hefty handful (five in total) of traditional wine bars, plus a visit to the lively Rialto Market.

Venice Airport Transfers by Boat!

Airport Transfers

One of the most thrilling things about Venice is getting to the city from the Marco Polo Airport on an exciting motor boat! Best advice is to book your airport transfers for both arrival and departure before you leave home.

Musical Performances in Venice

Things to Do in Venice October 2016

Classical Music & Opera in October

Classical Music & Opera in October

Venice is a hub of classical music concerts and operas. And why not? It's the birthplace of Antonia Vivaldi. Hearing his Four Seasons in the City of Canals, performed in a historic church or palace, will be a highlight of your trip to Venice. What makes these concerts so memorable is that all the musicians, singers, and dancers perform in 18th-century Venetian costumes or masks.

Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto

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Overlooking the Grand Canal, this Renaissance palace offers some of the best views of the city. You're surrounded by original frescoes, paintings, and furnishings as you enjoy an intimate opera or concert. Performances this month include —
• La Traviata
• The Barber of Seville
• Rigoletto

Chiesa di San Vidal

Chiesa di San Vidal

A classical music performance in this historic church makes for a perfect Venetian memory. While enjoying the music you'll be looking at artistic masterpieces like the altarpiece, San Vidal on Horseback with Eight Saints by Carpaccio (1514).

Scuola Grande di San Teodoro

Scuola Grande di San Teodoro

The Scuola Grande is a prestigious venue for classical music. To add to the overall experience, the musicians dress in 18th-century costume. This month hear —
• I Musici Veneziani: Baroque and Opera
• Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Santa Maria Della Pietà

Santa Maria Della Pietà

During the 18th century Vivaldi (a Venetian) was concertmaster at La Pietà. The church's oval shape lends itself to ideal acoustics. This month hear classic works by Mozart, Vivaldi and other masters performed by I Virtuosi Italiani.

Ateneo di San Basso

Ateneo di San Basso

Ateneo di San Basso has a a turbulent history beginning in the 11th century and through the Baroque period. Today it's a popular venue for classical music concerts.
• Vivaldi and Opera
• Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Scuola Grande dei Carmini

Scuola Grande dei Carmini

The scuola's lavish interiors, gold-leafed stairway and Tiepolo's nine-panel ceiling of the rosy Virgin make it a dreamy location for a concert, Venetian style. FYI — maschere means masked.
• Opera & Venetian Dinner
Musica in Maschera – Opera & Ballet
• Vivaldi's Four Seasons & Dinner
• Vivaldi's Four Seasons & Ballet

Festivals & Events

Things to Do in Venice October 2016

Sagra del Mosto

Sagra del Mosto

Spend a day on the isle of Sant'Erasmo. It's the agricultural hub of Venice, located in the northern Venetian Lagoon. The festival celebrates the first pressing of the new wine.
• Island of Sant'Erasmo
• First weekend in October
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Venice Marathon – October Maratona

Venice Marathon

The course is flat (of course!) and fast. Runners go past St. Mark's Square, cross fourteen bridges, and sprint towards the Grand Canal to the finish line at Riva Sette Martiri.
• October 23, 2016
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What's On at the Museums

Things to Do in Venice October 2016

Peggy Guggenheim in Photographs

Peggy Guggenheim in Photographs

The Guggenheim and Scuola Internazionale della Fotografia are showing twenty photographs of the grand patroness, from the archives of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.
• Ikona Gallery, Campo del Ghetto Nuovo
• Ends November 27, 2016
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Venice, the Jews and Europe – 1516 to 2016

Venice, the Jews and Europe

Commemorates the 500th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish Ghetto in Venice. The monumental exhibit showcases its history with paintings by Bellini, Carpaccio and Chagall. The must-see exhibit features ten thematic and chronological areas.
• Doge's Palace
• Ends November 13, 2016
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Zaha Hadid, Architect

Zaha Hadid, Architect

Hadid, the renowned architect famous for the incredible MAXXI museum in Rome, died earlier this year. The exhibit showcases her dazzling 35-year career — the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, (awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize), the Vitra Fire Station in Germany, and the MAXXI Museum in Rome.
• Palazzo Franchetti
• Ends November 27, 2016
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Museums by the Moonlight

Museums by the Moonlight

All summer and most of autumn, on weekends, many of the museums of Venice stay open until 11 pm. See a stunning sunset, then it's late night at the museums!
• Ends November 20, 2016
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Between Venice and the Orient

Between Venice and the Orient

A retrospective dedicated to Ippolito Caffi (1809-1866), a Venetian landscape painter.
• Museo Correr
• Ends November 20, 2016
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