If you want to be someone else...
If you want to be someone else or just to be far from your everyday life and have a good fun, pack your bags and go to Venice in Carneval period. Walking through the streets of Venice and seeing all this masks I was fascinated. There are many traditional costums and masks that really brings back life like it was so many centuries before, when Venice was a famous state.
A gondola ride is truly a must...
A gondola ride is truly a must for any visitor. Prices vary depending on the gondolier, but whatever the price, it is well worth it.Venice offers something for everyone. There's lots of shopping to do, and wonderful restaurants to try. In addition to some of the famous landmarks such as Rialto Bridge, Piazza San Marco, the Basilica, and the Campanile di San Marco, there is also an acquarium, and many museums to visit, as well as Lido's famous beaches. The very best thing to do in Venice is to walk through the streets and narrow passage ways. These quiet streets are among the most pleasant places to stroll and it is here where you'll be able to absorb the culture and splendor of this fascinating city. Cruising in a gondola down the canals with our gondolier singing to us on Easter morning is our fondest memory of Venice. It was an unforgettable experience as we were transported over the canals and back into the times of Marco Polo and Cassonova.
This is one of the best things about Venice, the variety and originality of architecture you will see. There is Byzantine, Gothic, Romanesque, Renaissance, Baroque, and Neo-Classicism. I really hope you take the time to look around, take a deep look and not just glance at the beauty Venice has to offer.
Local food and drinks
Particular foods are traditional to certain feast days. During Carnevale you can buy small doughnuts known as frittelle, which come plain, con frutta (with fruit), con crema (confectioner's cream) or con zabaglione (which is made out of egg yolks and Marsala). During Lent there's an even greater emphasis on fish, and also on omelettes (frittata), often made with shrimps and wild asparagus; lamb is popular at Easter. On Ascension Day it's customary to have pig's trotter, either plain or stuffed, while for the feast of the Redentore (third Sunday in July) sarde in saor or roast duck are in order. Tiny biscuits called fave ("beans") fill the pasticcerie around All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day (November 1 & 2); on the feast of Saint Martin (November 11) you get biscuits or heavy quince jelly cut into the shape of the saint on his horse; and on the feast of the Madonna della Salute (November 21) it's traditional to have castradina (salted smoked mutton). On Christmas Eve many Venetians eat eel, usually grilled, though with variations from island to island; on Christmas Day the traditional dishes are roast turkey, veal, duck or capon.
Many of the wines of the Veneto will already be familiar, especially Valpolicella (red), Bardolino (red) and Soave (white) – the Veneto produces more DOC (Denominazione di origine controllata) wine than any other region, and this trio of Veronese wines comprises the bulk of exported quality Italian wine. Far more rarely exported is Prosecco, light, champagne-like wine from the area around Conegliano – don't miss a chance to sample Prosecco Rosé and the delicious Cartizze, the finest type of Prosecco. Wines from neighbouring Friuli are well worth exploring too: the most common reds are Pinot Nero, Refosco, Raboso, Merlot and Cabernet, with Tocai, Pinot Bianco and Sauvignon the most common whites. Grappa is the local fire-water – associated particularly with the town of Bassano del Grappa, it's made from grapes, juniper berries or plums.
It's best to take a backpack or a weekend bag. Because in Venice you might have to walk a while before getting to your hotel. Remember there are no such things as taxi's!! Or you could take the vaporetto or watertaxi, but then again there are a lot of steps in Venice, so I felt most comfortable with my backpack. Take a sweater with you in spring or autumn. It can be chilly in the evening. In summer when it's warm there can be musquito's, so take some citronella or something with you.