Venice has a lot of beautiful things in store for visitors. Sights such as the The Baroque Ca’ Rezzonico, Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge, and the Grand Canal are just some of the reasons why millions of visitors want to visit this part of Italy. All street corners, all the elaborate events, all the museums, and the people are always filled with things that will surely make a vacation like no other.
Italy celebrates so many festivals that it’s difficult to keep track of all of them anymore. There are festivals for every season, for opera and music, festivals dedicated solely to food—the list could go on. With this post, however, we will focus on one of the best celebrations here—let us introduce you to an event that is awaited and attended by hundreds thousands of visitors every year: The Venice Carnival.
The event begins 40 days before Easter and concludes on Shrove Tuesday, or the first day of Lent. History tells us that the festival originated from the idea of being anonymous; a kind of event that abolishes all social divisions, as people are expected to be wearing masks and other forms of cloaking. Today, another reason to come here is to both experience a different culture or see something that most of us really don’t get to see every day.
The Venice Carnival, Carnevale di Venezia, or the Carnival of Venice, is a mardi gras celebration of masks, costumes, music, balls, parties, and overall spectacular entertrainment. At this time of the year, people who dress up the “usual” way are the ones who will most likely feel left out, as the event will involve lots of elaborate designs and and grand presentations.
This year, one of the event’s highlights will once again be held in the area of the Piazza San Marco—it will be at the Gran Teatro where you will be able to see ornamented and ornate dresses, great musical performances, and a sea of extravagant masks. From February 11 to 21, this place will be a bit more special, not to mention more gracefully embellished. In the surrounding streets in different parts of Venice, the Carnival will feature entertainment such as acrobats, jugglers, dancers, food booths, threatre performances, magicians, and a lot more.
The wearing of masks started in the ’60s, and has since become a world-famous event where people prepare for months (even years) ahead to prepare what they’re going to wear. Planning on one’s outfit for a Venice Carnival may not be as easy as going to the mall to get a nice dress—it’s obviously much more exciting. Aside from choosing the right masks, many of the Carnival’s attendees really do some serious preparation for this event. The balls held in different venues are also a must-do, especially for the ones who are participating in this festival for the first time.
Would you attend a festival such as this and perhaps even dress up and wear those beautiful masks? We sure would! Let us know what you think of your festival, and perhaps, if you’ve already been here, tell us your favorite parts. The pictures alone could be enough to lead anyone here, and hearing about fellow travelers’ ideas will sure help a lot!
We’ve made a list of hotels for you from a wide range of prices for having a most enjoyable stay in Venice while this amazing carnival takes place.
1. Centrale Hotel – from $41
2. Apogia Sirio – from $56
3. Alexander Hotel – from $68
4. Santa Marina Hotel – from $90
5. Residenza Cannaregio – from $98,5
6. Bella Venezia – from $108
7. Bonvecchiati Hotel – from $129
8. Ad Place – from $169
9. San Clemente Palace Hotel & Resort – from $235
10. Danieli Hotel – from $323,5
Please click here to see more great options: Hotels for Venice Carnival
Hope you enjoy our list, and witness this wonderful event at least once in lifetime.