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Why La Fenice Venice Opera House?

Any La Fenice Venice Opera break is special. Just one look at the stunning building and its history is enough to get you looking at the opera schedule. With performances that go through ten months of the year (all barring late July and most of August), you are spoilt for choice from classic operas to more modern interpretations. It’s easy to forget with so much unique scenery that makes up Venice, that you also have the refined culture of this impressive La Fenice Opera house as well!

What to do on your La Fenice Venice Opera trip

If you can’t wait until your evening performance, then take the self guided audio tour of La Fenice Opera house during the day. You get to wander and explore the full history as well as walk through the stalls and all the boxes including of course, The Royal Box.

Other fantastic Venice experiences depend on whether you are the first timer to Venice or have been many times before. If the first then a St Mark’s Pass Card providing free beat the queues access to the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Square, along with a romantic gondola ride for two, must be high on your list.

If you have travelled before then perhaps a trip to nearby Murano and Burano Islands is on the agenda.

Our Top Tip?

If you love the opera but only one opera is on the schedule for your dates, why not opt for a second opera night at Musica a Palazzo. This beautiful, quintessential palace is located right on the Grand Canal and after your welcome drink, you are shown up to the main room. From their several rows of chairs are laid out  and the opera performance takes place right in front of you. There is no stage! With an intimate feeling as if you are right in the scene, you get to enjoy full operas which takes place every night of the year (barring public holidays). It’s quite an experience and very different to your La Fenice Venice Opera break!

Why we love Hotel Bonvecchiati

Any opera performance at La Fenice Opera House is going to be a pricey evening, so having a hotel that ticks the boxes without compromising on quality is going to be key, and Hotel Bonvecchiati does just that. Located on one of the quieter canals just off the Grand Canal, Hotel Bonvecchiati is ideally situated to the side of St Mark’s Square. This means you are right in the centre of the city but without the immense crowds that can build up.

You also still get to arrive in style which is none other than by boat, as the hotel has its own arrival pier.

With good sized rooms and attentive staff, this hotel is perfect for a few nights on a La Fenice Venice Opera break. It is also very close to La Fenice if walking on foot, and even for those wanting a second opera experience, Musica a Palazzo. The perfect 4 star experience!


A La Fenice Venice Opera break can take place across all four seasons in this floating city. In winter expect the weather to be around 4c, autumn 18c, spring 20c and summer 28c and hotter.

Packing List

If travelling in winter and autumn than a coat is recommended, however, if travelling in the spring and summer months, then summer clothing is needed. As the dress code for the opera varies between full tuxedo for the premier opera of the season, black tie for the premier of each new opera presentation and smart/casual on all other nights, it is worth packing suitable attire for the night of the opera. Please note if you want to explore any religious buildings, you are expected to cover knees and upper arms, or you might be refused admittance.

Why Us?

Any La Fenice Venice Opera trip can be fully tailor-made to suit you, whether you require longer, shorter or a more tour heavy itinerary. We cater for both the first timers to the seasoned connoisseurs with options for all. Furthermore, we can recommend specific hotels and trips based on your preferences. We know this destination and which options to recommend based on your requirements.

We also provide private meet & greet watertaxis so that when you arrive at the start of your La Fenice Venice Opera break, you are met and assisted to the pier where your private vaporetto is waiting to take you to your hotel. Any day that includes flights can be a long one but once you arrive there is no waiting for a group and drop offs at hotels where yours always seem to be the last. This is particularly felt in travelling in the hotter months. Your driver will be waiting to take you straight to your hotel, so you can arrive like a VIP and focus on your special occasion.

And don’t think that a La Fenice Venice Opera break is only a few days. We have a good supplier network that connects in the main Italian cities that we offer, so whether you’ve always wanted to do an opera night in an open-air arena, spend some time on a scenic lake, witness the thrill of the Siena Palio horse race, or just a second city, we can offer all this and more.

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