By Megan Millisky
Start planning your post-holiday vacation to Venice! There are so many things to try in Venice. Start by taking a gondola-rowing class! Celebrate Saint Anthony’s Day with a feast. Or, take in a classical New Year’s concert. Read on to discover 10 reasons why Venice is the perfect place to spend your January vacation.
1. New Year’s Day Swim at Lido Beach
January 1, take a freezing swim in the waters of Lido Beach! Over 2000 people watch this fun tradition. Swimmers jump in the freezing water at 11 AM. There will be a waltz and a filling meal to warm the swimmers after their plunge! Dine on sausage, wine, and lentils - a traditional New Year’s Day meal.
2. Saint Anthony’s Day
On January 17, celebrate the Festa di San Antonio Abate. This feast day represents the patron saint of butchers and animals, and it sets off the Carnevale season.
3. Venice New Year’s Concert
December 31-January 1, welcome the New Year in elegance at this Venitian New Year’s Concert! For the first half of the 15th annual concert, you’ll hear orchestral music and an opera section in the second half of the show. Don’t miss out on this harmonious way to start your year off right.
4. Bologna si Sposa
Whether you’re planning a wedding or just looking for somewhere to shop, stop by Bologna Si Sposa January 11-12. This expo can help you plan your dream wedding or honeymoon. Find a perfect wedding cake, reception meals, dresses, DJs, and much more!
5. Antique Show
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure at Pordenone Antiquaria! This international antique show has everything. Search through old paintings, jewelry, art, and refurbished goods. There is also a showcase of valuable or rare antiques.
6. Venice Rowing Lessons
Through January 6, learn the traditional Venitian style of rowing a gondola while standing up. Classes begin at 5:30 PM, perfect for watching the sunset from the water.
7. CosmoComix Venice
January 11-12, explore entertainment in this engrossing comic con. There will be booths dedicated to manga, anime, TV shows, movies, games, and more. Popular authors and YouTubers attend the events as well!
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8. Epiphany and Befana
January 6 is considered a national holiday in Italy. Ephiphany is the 12th day of Christmas, which celebrates the arrival of the good witch La Befana. Don’t miss the traditional celebration of La Regata delle Befane - senior oarsmen dress up as La Befana and row through the Grand Canal.
Explore Mondomare, an event all about the sea and fishing, on January 31. Vendors will be selling fishing accessories, boat parts, and much more.
10. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Ballet
January 2, 18, and 25, check out this famous four-part ballet. Hearing Four Seasons in Vivaldi’s hometown is an especially memorable event to plan for your vacation.