September usually starts with a buzz, as Venetians return to find their city in the cinematic spotlight with the annual Venice Film Festival. The buzz continues with the Regata Storica, Venice's biggest boat racing event of the year.
Early September - Venice Film Festival. The Venice Film Festival is an annual internationally known film festival which sees a bevy of stars and starlets grace the gondolas and red carpets of the Canal City. The prize given for the winning film is the Leon d'Oro - the Golden Lion - and past recipients have included Akira Kurosawa, Gillo Pontecorvo, Robert Altman, Ang Lee, and Sofia Coppola. Venice Film Festival.
First Sunday in September - Regata Storica. The Regata Storica (Historical Regatta), Venice's most exciting gondola race, sees teams of gondoliers - some decked out in costume - racing a course along the Grand Canal. Accompanied with food, music, and much fanfare, the Regata Storica is a fun event to catch if you're visiting Venice in September. For more information, visit the Regata Storica website.
All month during odd-numbered years - La Biennale. The months-long contemporary arts extravaganza that is the Venice Biennale begins in June every other year during odd-numbered years and runs through November. Read more about the Venice Biennale.
September 14 - Festival of the Triumph of the Cross. This holy day is marked with a procession at the church and grand school (Scuola Grande) of San Giovanni Evangelista in the Sestiere di San Polo.
Burano Regatta - Similar to Venice's historic regata, this one takes place off the island of Burano, near Venice, the third weekend of September.
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