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2017 - Carnevale in Venice, Feb. 11-28; CREATUM, arts and trades are the protagonists of this year’s Venice Carnevale, with masks makers, weavers, tailors, and glass makers in their 18th century costumes; theme-based itineraries, special openings, and temporary exhibitions; this year’s Carnevale also rediscovers theatre, opera and comedy not only in theatres, but in Piazza San Marco and along the Venetian canals;

Thiene

2016 Carnevale in Thiene, Feb. 7, 2:3o p.m., float parade departs from Piazzale Div. Acqui; Feb. 9, from 2:30 p.m. Carnevale for children, with music, games, and sweets for everyone; 8 p.m., music, dancing and food booths.

Orto Botanico (Orto botanico di Padova)

2017 - ORTO BOTANICO - Botanical Garden, in Padova, Via Orto Botanico 15, about 24 miles southeast of Vicenza; open through May 30, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; June-Sept. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., closed on Mondays; Nov.-March, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m., closed on Mondays; it’s the world’s first botanical garden: it opened in Padova in 1545 and it still preserves its original layout; admission: €10; reduced €8, for children aged 6-18; family fee: €22.

Lonigo

Carnevale in Lonigo, Jan. 31, 2016, 1:30 p.m., Piazza XXV Aprile, majorettes, live music and float parade; in IV Novembre, folk music and dancing, games and entertainment; food stands featuring traditional Carnevale pastries from 11 a.m.

Venezia

2016 Carnevale in Venice, Jan. 23 – Feb. 9; arts and trades are the protagonists of this year’s Venice Carnevale, with masks makers, weavers, tailors, and glass makers in their 18th century costumes; theme-based itineraries, special openings, and temporary exhibitions; it also rediscovers theatre, opera and comedy not only in theatres, but in Piazza San Marco and along the Venetian canals; for a full program in English of the Venice Carnevale, visit http://www.carnevale.venezia.it/en/

2016 Carnevale in Casale di Scodosia (Padova); Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, and Feb. 9; local products and crafts exhibit and sale in Piazza Matteotti from 11 a.m.; 2 p.m. Carnevale floats parade; live music with the Seventh Train Band; entertainment with musicians and flag-throwers; food booths featuring local specialties at the heated Sports Center at noon; entertainment with street artists and carnival rides

Verona

2017 - Motor Bike Expo - International Motorcycle show Jan. 20-22, 9 a.m.–7 p.m., in Verona, Via del Lavoro, 8, about 38 miles west of Vicenza. Admission fee: €18; reduced €14 for children aged 6-10; free for children under 10.

Lucca, Italy

Antique market, Jan. 14-15, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., in Lucca, Piazza Antelminelli, Piazza S. Giovanni, and Piazza San Giusto.

Verona

2016-2017 - Presepi dal Mondo in Arena - International Nativity Sets Exhibit, Through Jan. 22, at the Arena; open daily 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; more than 400 nativity scenes from all over the world, designed by craftsmen and artists; shows of lights and music; entrance fee: €7; reduced €6 for children aged 6-12 and senior citizen older than 60.