June marks the start of the peak season in Venice – and the city promises even more art to delight your senses. If you enjoy the outdoors and summer-time activities, visiting Venice in June is just as wonderful for open-air activities, including sailing and kayaking, as it is for visiting historical sites.
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Start off with a visit to the 58th International Art Exhibition of the Biennale which opened its doors in May and will continue to 24 November. The current show is titled “May You Live In Interesting Times” and is curated by Ralph Rugoff, the director of the Hayward Gallery in London. The main venues are the Giardini and the Corderie dell’Arsenale.
At the Doge’s Palace, the great exhibition on Canaletto is on until June 9: it is a unique opportunity to have a look at the 18th-century Venetian painting with 25 works by Canaletto himself and 80 more by great artists such as Tiepolo, Guardi, Carlevarijs, Longhi, and Carriera, plus the many porcelain pieces on display. At the sturdy Ca’ Pesaro, you can enjoy another interesting exhibition on the retrospective of the Armenian-American Arshile Gorky who is considered the forerunner of the Abstract Expressionism.
It is 400 years since the birth of Francesco Morosini, the most famous capitano da mar and Doge, whose name is connected to the last great season of the Venetian Republic. First, he was able to negotiate an adequate peace treaty with the Ottomans when Venice had to concede her defeat at Crete. Later, Morosini would conquer the Peloponnese and Athens in an attempt to rekindle the glory of the city-state. Two exhibitions are dedicated to Morosini, one at the Museo Correr (where his entire heritage has been preserved since it was donated by the last member of the Morosini family) and the other at the Querini Stampalia Museum.
In Venice, any time of the year is a good time to find excellent exhibitions devoted to glass-making. This June make your way to the islands as the Glass Museum on Murano is hosting the works of Tapio Wirkkala, a great name of the golden era of the Finnish design, while Stanze del Vetro on San Giorgio is holding an exhibition on the French designer Maurice Marinot.
The islands are also great places to be in early June, with Lido and Sant’Erasmo topping the list. Go on a leisurely exploration around the islands on a bicycle and stop by their pretty beaches. If you prefer your beaches a little wilder, you’ll like Sant’Erasmo. The ones on Lido are a bit more “civilised” where you can avail yourself of a range of amenities starting from an umbrella and a chair. You can reach the islands by vaporetto or discover the Venice’s canals from a totally new point of view by kayak!
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