Venetian men show their romantic side on St Mark’s Day every year as they give roses to their beloved womenfolk.
On April 25th, Festa del Bocolo – rose bud festival – sees this tradition take place, with not just girlfriends, wives and lovers receiving the beautiful flowers but also mothers, sisters and any women who are important in a man’s life.
St Mark the Evangelist was a first-century gospel-writer, the patron saint of the city of Venice and is widely credited with the founding of the church in Africa.
After his death his remains are thought to have stolen and taken to Venice, where they lie in the basilica which bears his name.
Visitors on Venice tours might find themselves caught up in the mood and are encouraged to participate in this charming custom, which could see a few brownie points notched up with their significant other to boot.
Why not book the Tour Unusual on Foot and Gondola in advance?
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The International Theatre Festival in Venice will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year and promises to be as big as triumph as ever.
From February 20th until March 8th the event will see some of the leading lights of Italian and world theatre descend on this beautiful coastal city in a whirlwind of performances, workshops and informative events.
Among the highlights is the presentation of the Golden Lion to Irene Papas, for her continued brilliance throughout a career spanning several decades, as well as performances of Le sorelle Bronte and Argelino servidor de dos amos.
The spring event follows on from the series of educational and training functions held in November – highlighting how much of this tremendous institution is about nurturing new theatrical talent as it is celebrating established successes.
Visitors on Venice tours can expect to see a range of performances across many genres and the chance to meet a number of luminaries from both on stage and behind the scenes.
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Ruins of the ancient Roman city of Altinum have been discovered on the outskirts of Venice.
Satellite imaging has revealed a collection of ancient buildings and infrastructure including temples, theatres and streets.
Researchers at Padua and Venice universities are now formulating plans to excavate the ruins, which could soon be available for tourists to find.
Paolo Mozzi, researcher at the University of Padua”s geography department, explained that Altinum had been an important seafaring centre before it was overrun by Attila the Hun in the 5th century.
He continued: "The hypothesis is that as Altinum also succumbed to the Barbarian invasions, the inhabitants fled farther down to the lagoon to build Venice on the islands, using some of the stones."
Meanwhile, the Venice Film Festival organisers have announced the next year”s event will take place a week later than usual beginning on September 2nd, in a bid to avoid the traditional holiday rush.
However, there is concern that the new dates for the Venice festival, the world”s oldest, will conflict with the Toronto Film Festival, which begins on September 4th.
Venice – Fall in love all over again on a Gondola ride on the Grand Canal and lose yourself in the grand St Marks Square.
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