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Wine, Opera, and Ballet - Aperitivo e Concerto

Address: La Serra dei Giardini - Viale Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1254

Directions: The most direct way to get to the Serra dei Giardini is to take one of the following vaporetto lines and exit at the "GIARDINI" stop: 1, 41, 42, 51, 52. For further information on directions from your hotel, please call the Serra dei Giardini directly at +39 041 2960360.

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Opera & Concerts at a Glance


Operas are typically performed in their original language with Italian subtitles. Get the full story before the opera! Select Italy offers a variety of libretti in English to complement your opera tickets.

Dress Code

Dress nicely for Italian musical events. You may be turned away if you are dressed too casually. Opening night opera performances require a full dark suit for men, an elegant dress for ladies.


Operas, ballets and concerts can run anywhere from 1.5 to 3+ hours. Consider your evening transportation options for returning to your hotel. Some trains or public transportation may not be available after 10:30 pm.


Some theaters may be equipped for those with disabilities. Please contact Select Italy for further details.

Performance Info

Performance Description

Do not miss the chance to spend a wonderful Venetian evening sipping a glass of Prosecco with snacks, while listening to the sweet notes of opera. You will experience magical feelings as you follow the charming movements of the dancer and listen to the most beautiful opera arias. The exceptional soprano, the wonderful harpist, and the classical dancer will perform for you wearing masks and 18th-century Venetian costumes in a fantastic and unique location: the Winter Garden of LA SERRA DEI GIARDINI.

Synopsis: Located in the Castello area of Venice, the Greenhouse is just a few minutes from the Biennale Giardini. Historically known as Serra Margherita (Margherita Greenhouse), the Greeenhouse at the Giardini in Castello was built in 1894 with the intention to create a "tepidarium made of glass and iron" to host the palm trees and other decorative plants in use at the International Art Exhibition. After its construction, in a span of a hundred years, the Greenhouse represented for all citizens a place of work and humble but important activities, passed down through several generations of gardeners up until a few decades ago. During the winter, the Greenhouse premises were used to maintain some rustic species particularly sensitive to cold but also, at a certain point, for the production and propagation of many other plants later used to decorate the municipality flowerbeds in Lido and Venice as well as the Venetian aristocratic ballrooms in the occasion of meetings, parties and events. At the beginning of 1990s the use of the Greenhouse was discontinued and it slowly fell into decline in the following ten years. Thanks to an accurate restoration, the Municipality of Venice brought back the ancient beauty of the Greenhouse in the aim of maintaining its original use, as well as to ensure its public access through botanical and naturalistic activities that involve both local community and institutional bodies, promoting at the same time culture, learning and encounters. Since July 2010, the co-operative Nonsoloverde, whose principal activity lies in the maintenance of public and private green, has been entrusted with the management of the Greenhouse.