Home to Europe's first opera house, Venice has a rich musical history, nurturing composers such as Antonio Vivaldi and Richard Wagner. The city's music legacy lives on with an impressive roster of concerts—here's how to experience one for yourself.
For Vivaldi enthusiasts
There are plenty of concerts devoted to the Italian Baroque composer, but to really experience the Baroque era, nothing beats watching a I Musici Veneziani concert performed in full period costume. Take a seat in the opulent Scuola Grande di San Teodoro and enjoy an unforgettable performance of Four Seasons.
For classical music lovers
Enjoy a moving concert at one of the city's most atmospheric venues. The acclaimed Interpreti Veneziani orchestra performs Baroque classics at the 17th-century Church of San Vidal; Virtuosi di Venezia performs Vivaldi or opera classics at the Ateneo of San Basso, one of Venice's oldest churches; and the Collegium Ducale Orchestra hosts Baroque concerts at the Prisons' Palace. To learn more about Venice's music history, combine an evening concert with a visit to the Music Museum or a Chorus Museum pass.
For the date night crowd
Turn up the romance with an evening concert at a lavish Venetian palazzo. Dine on gourmet cuisine and take in a concert at Palazzo Contarini; enjoy Italian opera in the magnificent Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto; or combine an Interpreti Veneziani concert with a pre-show dinner at a nearby Venice restaurant.
For something a little different
Hear classics from Italian composers like Galuppi, Marcello, and Vivaldi get a modern makeover during a fun We Will Ba-ROCK You show performed by the Venetia Antiqua Orchestra, or experience the excitement of the Venice Carnival any time of year during a walking theater show.