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»» Winter Sales Season in Italy – How To Grab Designer Deals

The winter sales season in Italy starts early January. Below is the 2011 winter sales schedule with the start date for each of the regions.

Lombardy (Milan) Jan 6; Lazio (Rome) Jan 6; Tuscany (Florence, Siena etc…) Jan 6; Umbria (Perugia, Assisi etc…) Jan 6; Veneto (Venice, Padova etc..) Jan 6; Campania (Naples, Capri, Amalfi Coast…) Jan 2; Liguria (Genoa, Ligurian Riviera, Cinque Terre…) Jan 6; Emilia Romagna (Bologna) Jan 6; Piedmont (Turin) Jan 2; Sicily Jan 2; Sardegna Jan 8; Marche Jan 6; Apulia Jan 6; Friuli Venezia Giulia Jan 3; Trentino Alto Adige Jan 8; Valle d’Aosta Jan 10; Molise Jan 2; Abruzzo (L’Aquila) Jan 6; Basilicata Jan 2; Calabria Jan 2.

Please, be aware, even the sales season lasts around 60 days, you could grab the best deals only in the early weeks.

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»» Venice’s Historic Regatta

Venice hosts its “Regata Storica” — the Historic Regatta — the first Sunday of September.
It’s the major event included in the Venice’s “Voga alla Veneta” rowing calendar drawing thousands of spectators to to the banks of Canal Grande.

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A spectacular historical water pageant precedes the race with 16th century-style boats — driven by gondoliers wearing historic costume — carrying the Doge, the Doge’s wife and all the highest ranking Venetian officials up the Grand Canal in a brightly coloured parade.

The Regata Storica dates back centuries, probably as far back as the mid thirteenth century.
Today the regatta consists of four separate competitions of which the most enthralling is the “Campioni su Gondolini” race.

When: Sep 5, 2010 (annual)
Where: Venice (Canal Grande)
Programme and details of “Regata Storica” are avalaible at .

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»» Pellestrina Regatta, in the Venice Lido

The island of Pellestrina, in the Venetian lido, hosts its annual Regatta on next August 1st. The Pellestrina Regatta coincides with the colourful celebrations of the Madonna dell’Apparizione held on the island on Sunday, August 1st.

Pellestrina Island - Venice Lido

It offers a chance to visit one of the beautiful islands located in the Venice Lido , featuring narrow canals and houses painted in bright, cheerful colours.

When: Aug 1st 2010 (annual) – time: 4.30pm
Where: Pellestrina – Venetian Lido (about 1 hour from Venice by ferry).

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»» Antique Street Markets in Italy: Venice

Those who are looking for antique street markets while visiting Venice, “Il Mercatino dei Miracoli” — The Market of Miracles — is something you definitely have to visit.

Venice - Campo Santa Maria Nova

Held at various dates throughout the year (see below) in Campo Santa Maria Nova, Sestiere di Cannaregio district, Venice’s Market of Miracles — aka “Mercatino Polvere di Ricordi” — is an antique and second-hand market entirely organised by non-professionals.

It offers books, comics, prints and and other collectors’ items.
when: (2010 dates: Mar 27 – 28; Apr 25; May 8 – 9; Sep 11 – 12; Oct 9 – 10; Dec 11 – 12)
where: Venice – Campo Santa Maria Nova, Cannaregio.

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»» Venice Carnival Video: Angel Flight

Il Volo dell’Angelo” — “The Flight of the Angel” — is the event kicking off the Carnival celebrations in Venice.

Below’s a video of The Flight of the Angel that opened Carnival of Venice 2010.

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