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Famous for its stunning Gothic and baroque skyline, Venice is also home to the Architecture Biennale, a city-wide exhibition which showcases the best of modern building design from around the world.
Running from the 28th May to the 27th November, the centrepiece of the Venice Biennale 2016 is the International Exhibition, located in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini and in Venice's one-time military dockyards, the Arsenale. Titled "Reporting From the Front Line", it features designs by 88 architects (many under 40 years of age) from 63 different nations.
The Giardini makes a particularly fitting backdrop for the Venice Biennale. A public garden created for the International Arts Exhibition of 1895, it contains 30 pavilions erected over a span of decades in a striking array of styles. This includes the Art Nouveau of the Austrian Pavilion to the pre-fab of Alvar Aalto's Finnish Pavilion, dating from 1956. It's in these pavilions that many of the exhibitions can be found.
As well as the International Exhibition, there are around 60 smaller exhibitions being held in the Pavilions, the Arsenale, and at various locations around the historic city centre, allowing access to many buildings rarely open to the public.
The Venice Biennale also plays host to several high-profile thematic exhibitions. "Reporting from Marghere and Other Waterfronts" examines the problems involved in redeveloping industrial ports. "Report from Cities: Conflicts of an Urban Age" is a look at the role of public spaces in modern cities, co-sponsored by the London School of Economics.
Taking place on the last Saturday of every month from the 4th September to the 20th November, Architecture Saturdays are a series of talks featuring luminaries such as Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. In addition, there will be a major conference entitled "The Urban Age", hosted by the LSE and the Deutsche Bank's Alfred Herrhausen Society, on 14-15 July.
48-hour tickets to the Venice Biennale 2016 cost 30 Euros (22 Euros for students, over 65's and anyone under the age of 26) and allow you to come and go as you please between the two main exhibition sites, as well as giving you access to talks and seminars. Regular tickets cost 25 Euros (20 Euros for concessions) and entitle you to one visit to both the Giardini and the Arsenale (but not necessarily on the same day).
To reach Venice and its remarkable architecture exhibition, check out Air Dolomiti direct flights from Munich.