Since its inception in 1895, the Venice Biennale has been one of the most important and influential events in international contemporary art. The visual art exhibit is held every two years in odd-numbered years, while in even-numbered years, the focus is on architecture. More than 70 countries have permanent pavilions at the Giardini della Biennale, the main event venue located on the SE end of the Castello district. Other events take place at the Venice Arsenal and at sites across the city. The biennale runs from May to November.
Time Out tip: The biennale is vast, spread across dozens of pavilions, the Aresenal, palazzos, museums and public spaces throughout Venice. Don’t expect to see it all in even a few days and if there are installations you don’t want to miss, be sure to make a plan and map out your route in advance.
Ristorante Paradiso: For an Aperol Spritz and views to die for, right in the Biennale garden
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi: For restaurants galore and a slice of working-class Venice
Parco delle Rimembranze: For a surprisingly tranquil green space steps from the national pavilions