August in Venice: The 70th Venice International Film Festival
As the summer months seem to wind down, travel to Venice heats up with a cultural explosion around every corner. Start by traveling to the island of Lido and catch an eleven day celebration of cinema at the 70th Venice International Film Festival. Part of the Venice biennale 2013, it is the oldest film festival in the world and begins on August 28th in a celebration of art, entertainment and the spirit of freedom and dialogue. An exploration of 3,470 films and opening with Actress Eva Riccobono, the cinematic line-up will include feature films, documentaries, trends in international cinema, post-production films from Africa and other cinema not available anywhere else in the world.
Between viewing international cinematic masterpieces, there are still many things to do in Venice Italy. Classic experiences would involve taking a gondola ride on the Grand Canal, sipping espresso in the Piazza San Marco or touring Doge’s Palace. However, add something new to your travel to Venice with a fresh and limited-time-only experience at the 55th International Art Exhibition. Dubbed Il Palazzo Enciclopedico, its aim is to explore flights of imagination that combine works of contemporary art with historical artifacts and found objects.
Il Palazzo Enciclopedico is a temporary exhibition running through November 2013 with its most beautiful displays held at the Giardini. These gardens in the east of Venice have been the traditional venue for the International Art Exhibition since 1895. They were laid out during the Napoleonic era, on land that had once been occupied by four churches and three convents. Breaking away from the water of the city, this garden rich area now hosts the Central Pavilion and 29 national pavilions where you can enjoy in serenity all facets of artistic expression.
In a city known for its history, there is a more modern take on art is available at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Located in Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal it is a celebration of Abstract Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism and Surrealism. The former home of Peggy Guggenheim, it is among Italy’s most important museums for modern art and holds twentieth century pieces from Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Alexander Calder. Hosting special exhibitions throughout the year, checking out this museum during your Italy travel will bring a new twist to the ancient art of this city.
However, before heading back to Lipo to catch the classic film Pane e Ciccolata during your Venice vacation, tour the classic art available at many of the cities museums. The Galleria dell’ Accademia displays Venetian paintings from the fourteenth to eighteenth centuries and highlight artists such as Paolo Veneziano, Titian and Tiepolo. For exposure to art in a more elegant setting, visit Ca’Rezzonico located in a Baroque palace on the Grand Canal. It displays three floors of paintings, sculpture, and decadent furnishings, as well as four rooms containing significant works by Tiepolo. Be sure to walk the grand staircase and the Gallery Portego which hold portraits and landscape paintings from Venetian artists of the Settecento.