2019 Venice Biennale - 11th May > 24th November

From the 11th of May to the 24th of November, the 58th International Art Exhibition (www.labiennale.org) invades the palaces and canals of Venice.

This year the curator will still be Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery in London, one of the UK's leading public art galleries. With the Biennale, events, inaugurations, previews and exhibitions on emerging and unseen figures of the contemporary scene are flourishing. To avoid the crowds, you should base your stay in Cannaregio, at the Ghetto, a magical corner that can be accessed through a low portico. Alleys between the canals, synagogues and very high houses (the highest in Venice) remind us of their crowded past. Now the same alleys instead immediately lead to another dimension, silent and rarefied.

You'll walk pass by Jewish art shops, taverns, restaurants, kosher patisseries and the Banco Rosso, the only pawnshop left. In a millenary city, the Ghetto also celebrated its 500th anniversary: it was created with an order of 1516, which remained valid until the advent of Napoleon. And today it is one of the most thriving areas of Venice.

Venice Jewish Ghetto

Where to sleep: Hotel Eureka. A 3-night stay starts from £ 670 per person including breakfast and private boat transfers.

Where to eat: Gam Gam (gamgamkosher.com)

Travel's tip: With the Association ''Venice beyond the Ghetto'' you can book a tour that brings together culture and goodies: you visit places in the Old and New Ghetto and end up with ''L’Chaim'', a toast with wine, biscuits and Kosher specialties.

Hotel Eureka, Venice