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How to do Venice International Film Festival in Style

By Lauren Hill |  August 21 2017

Having been founded in 1932 Venice Film Festival is the world’s oldest and one of the most important celebrations of cinema. Hosted by La Biennale di Venezia, the 74th Venice International Film Festival is set to take place from August 30th to September 9th, 2017 at Venice Lido.

Each year the festival is held to promote international cinema as an art, as entertainment and as an industry, while simultaneously paying tribute to major figures in the history of film. Directed by Alberto Barbera the 2017 line-up includes sections such as Venezia Classici, as well as the Orizzonti section which represents the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema.

To make the most of a visit to Venice at this exciting time, it’s worth seeking out the city’s stand-out arts venues, fine dining venues and luxury hotels. Read on to find out what we recommend.

Places to Visit

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Biennale Art 2017

The 57th international art exhibition, Biennale Art 2017, runs from May through to November 26th, making its exhibitions easy to combine with the film festival. This year titled Viva Arte Viva, the showcase is featuring exhibitions and events by 120 artists and 86 participating nations. Go over to for more information.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection

No exploration of Venice’s art scene is complete without paying a trip to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Located on the Grand Canal this modern art museum is one of the city’s most visited sites year-round. The International Film Festival 2017 coincides with the gallery’s temporary exhibition Picasso on the Beach, but the permanent collection is also worth taking time over.

Teatro la Fenice

During your time in Venice experience another of the arts this city is renowned for by paying a visit to the Teatro La Fenice opera house. Considered one of the greatest landmarks of Italian theater, this is an iconic venue for seeing opera and other performance arts.

Where to Eat

Harry’s Bar

Having been a favorite of Hemingway’s and the bar to have invented the Bellini, this is one of the most famous venues in Venice and a place that continually attracts celebrities through its doors. Find a seat here to tuck into dishes such as Cipriani risotto, veal Milanese and veal cannelloni.

Oro Restaurant

Located inside the Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Oro Restaurant provides a romantic dining setting with views over the water and interior décor by designer Adam D. Tahany. Here, Michelin starred chef Davide Bisetto creates Italian-inspired dishes which reflect his love for contemporary design through their presentation.

Ristorante Quadri

Not only is Ristorante Quadri the only restaurant in St Mark’s Square, it also lays claim to a Michelin star owing to the accomplished cuisine of Max Alajmo. The menu is executed by chef Silvio Giavedoni and his team using ingredients from the region.

De Pisis

A part of the five-star Bauer Hotel, De Pisis offers diners Mediterranean-inspired fine dining plates by executive chef Martino Longo. Try the ravioli stuffed with tomatoes, crab sauce reduction and zucchini flowers or the veal cutlet Milanese-style, followed by pistachio semifreddo or tiramisu. The restaurant overlooks the Grand Canal.

Where to Stay

Aman Venice

Aman Venice

Stay in the masterfully renovated 16th-century Papadolopi palazzo on the Grand Canal by making a reservation for Aman Venice. Designed by the architect Jean Michel Gathy, the hotel combines contemporary design with original features such as the building’s frescoes, and private gardens facing onto the Grand Canal. To coincide with the 57th Art Biennale, the hotel is hosting an exhibition of sculptures by the contemporary Japanese sculptor Kan Yasuda.

San Clemente Palace Kempinski

Located on its own private island, San Clemente Palace Kempinski offers a secluded setting while also being just minutes by boat from Piazza San Marco. The five-star hotel has a selection of fine dining restaurants and sophisticated bars, along with a pool and luxury spa.

The Gritti Palace

This former noble residence on the Grand Canal is now the setting for one of Venice’s most prestigious hotels, the Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Interiors are distinguished by their classic Venetian style, but it’s perhaps the hotel’s culinary reputation that stands out most. Tuck into the Venetian dishes of chef Daniele Turco with a view over the water.

Baglioni Hotel Luna

A short walk from Piazza San Marco and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection museum, Baglioni Hotel Luna provides a luxurious base for those wanting to explore Venice’s arts and heritage sites. The Baglioni Suites command views over St Mark’s Basin and San Giorgio Island with large outdoor terraces to savor the city from. The award-winning Canova Restaurant then shows the pride that’s taken here in Venetian cuisine and Italian ingredients.

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