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Report 713: A Weekend in Venice for the Biennale

By KellyC from NJ, Summer 1999

Trip Description: I went to Venice for the weekend for the opening of the 1999 Venice Biennale.

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Venice

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Art Trip; Shopping; Independent Travel; Single Traveler

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Page 1 of 4: Why and How

In 1999 I was working for a contemporary art gallery located in New York. We had an artist in the arsenal section of the Venice Biennale. We were also participating in the Basel Art Fair. Since no one can be in two places at once, I went to Venice for opening weekend of the Biennale and my boss went to Basel to set up and man our booth at the art fair. It was an insanely quick trip. I left JFK and returned to JFK exactly 72 hours later.


I take an excruciatingly slow car service ride out to JFK, all the while thinking I am going to miss my flight. I get there about 30 minutes before my flight, run up to the first class check in at Alitalia, although I am seated in coach. I ask the airline representative to help me and she laughs and says not to worry, I will make the flight. This being my first time flying Alitalia, I have no idea if she is right. I get to the gate and see the hugest clump of people pushing towards the gate. This goes on for about 25 minutes until they finally open the door to the jetway and board the plane. The rest is completely uneventful.

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