Every two years, art aficionados, celebrities, and deep-pocketed collectors flock to Venice in the spring for La Biennale. The Biennale, established in 1895 to promote Italian art, has now become one of the most prestigious international contemporary art events in the world. Over the years, the Biennale has added an increasing number of famous events to its roster, including the Venice Film Festival, the Biennale Teatro, and the Dance Biennale. This year's Biennale is curated by Okwui Enwezor, a revered Nigerian art critic and art history specialist, and the first African-born curator of the biannual event; we cannot wait to see what his unique vision and serious expertise bring to the giant cultural celebration. So pack your Guiseppe Zanottis and water taxi fare, and get ready to kick up your heels in the City of Bridges, all in the name of art. Click through for our guide to where to stay, eat, and play!