Carnival Time, Venice
Arete' Productions presents The Saint Valentine's Masquerade Ball will take place in a prestigious charming Venetian palace on the beautiful Grand Canal, with romantic views of the Canal and it's illuminated palaces, unique views of the most beautiful 'highway' in the world. One of the reason's for this evening's extraordinary success, are the many small details which make the difference between an ordinary event, and a spectacular party.
During dinner, Venetian and fantasy characters will enhance the St Valentine's Grand Ball, with talented artistic displays and funny joyful improvisations. Guests from around the world will take part in a whirlwind of emotion, unique and unforgettable Masquerade party, reminding us of the Splendors and Magnificence of the Republic of the Serenissima - Venezia !
Named so because of old paintings by the artist on the walls of the ballroom, this event happens once during the Carnival. The building is called Ca Pisani-Moretta and, of course, it faces the Grand Canal.
("ca" from "casa" means "house" and is a venetian ephmeism for "palace")
This costumed ball starts with the reception downstairs and continues in the grand ball hall upstairs. A gourmet (but not overfeeding) dinner is accompanied by musicians, clowns and dancers and. A 18th centure orchestra is playing non-stop. Dinner is followed by authentic dance classes (from which I could clearly recognize only minuet).
How to dress yourselves: historical costumes of 18th century is probably the best choice, however, both mideival and Napoleon epoch clothes goes also very well. Venice offers a spectrum of costume possibilities, all exerimely expensive. We prepared and brough our own costumes.
Pisani-Moretta is best accessible from the water. A tiny and dark (and unmarked) passage leads to the palazzo from the west of Salizada San Polo.
Venice Carvival is a lifetime experience. This annual event one should attend at least once in his/her life. You will see lots of fantstic mask and you will enjoy a unique atmosphere of the Carnival. Just a couple of tips:
- Bring yourn own costumes or hire them. Anyway, be a mask or a historic costume.
- The only problem is that t will be so hard to cross San Marco. Lots of people are trying to photograph with you and you hear mostly: "Uno photo per favor..."
- Most action happens around San Marco and it is a good idea to live not far from it
- Attend a ball
- Attend a costumed dinner
- Pray for good weather
- Learn the programme
Of course, this will drive you out of budget for long. But believe me, being on the Carnival wise each penny you spend. Do not save on hotel location (better save on quality), do not save on balls. Do not save on costumes/masks.
The pictures were taken in or around San Marco.
CARNIVAL ONE MIGHT HAVE NOT SEEN....
The Venice Carnival is the most internationally known festival celebrated in Venice, Italy, as well as being one of the oldest. This congregation of masked people, called Venice Carnival, began in the 15th century, but the tradition can be traced back to the beginning of the 14th Century.
MY DESIRE WAS TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE BEAUTIFUL COSTUMES AT CARNIVAL TIME.. I WAS NOT LET DOWN OR DISAPPOINTED ..HERE ARE SOME OF THE GREAT FACES I SAW!!!!!! THERE ARE 13 PARTS.( LOTS OF PICTURES) AND .A LOT OF CARNIVAL!!!
The carnival period for retail sales is every day. Carnival is a huge event in February that last some days. I heard the streets are more crowded than usual at that time, with locals and foriegners. If you want a souvenir, they are scattered throughout the narrow streets. It is a treat to go in and shop for something to purchase. The variety is endless. Most shops do not want you to come in and merely look at the merchandise, though. The intent is to buy something.
These Carnaval creatures seem to have popped out of a weird dream, Moving slowly, as all of this costume must be uncomfortable to wear, making the scene even more unreal !!!! They matched perfectly the place by St Marco water walk,giving life to it..... I don't wanna imagine Venice without the Carnival - it would be incomplete...
they do look impressive but spooky as well.
These masked ladies were having a photo shoot session. So I hurried to take a pic. Of course I am not a professional and they were looking elsewhere, but I just thought - these are real venetian costumes. They are worth being photographed.
Kath and I arrived in Venice just in time for Carnevale. The place gets packed and people come from all around the world to attend this old traditional event on the Venice calendar.
Dating back to medieval times when discretion warranted the wearing of masks(dont get caught with your mistress), today, carnivale continues. The main events take place in St. Mark's Square but dont go if you dont like crowds. Venice is like a beehive.
Quite by accident we booked for Venice just recently forgetting that the Carnival would be in full swing,normally i wouldnt expecting it to be incredibly busy and to places to stay and eat at a premium.Well it was incredibly busy ...but it was fantastic and we wouldnt have missed for the world.we had plenty of options for accomodation and chose our restaurants carefully and with a little research had no problem dining where ever we wanted.So if you fancy Carnival Venice 2008 go ahead and go its tremendous.
SO MANY FACES TO APPRECIATE THIS ONE I THINK WAS SOMEWHAT ASSOCIATED WITH STAR WARS ALSO WHAT I LIKED WAS THAT THE RAIN DIDN'T KEEP PEOPLE FROM DRESSING UP IN COSTUMES !!!
COULD ANYONE GET TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING . .SUCH AS THE BRILLIANT COLORS OF VENICE DURING CARNIVAL?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
A TIME TO REJOICE THAT THERE ARE SO MANY BEAUTIFUL COLORS IN THIS WORLD ..AND ESPECIALLY THAT YOU CAN SEE MANY OF THEM RIGHT HERE AT VENICE !!!!!!
IF ONE PLANS TO GO TO VENICE...BY ALL MEANS TRY TO GO DURING CARNIVAL!!!! IT IS FANTASTIC SEEING THE AWESOME CUSTOMES AND THE BEAUTIFUL LIGHTS AS THEY BRIGHTEN THE NIGHTS AT ST. MARK'S SQUARE....
This is a tradition linked with Venice for ages. The carnival that takes place during the weeks in February is a lively parade of masked people. The weather can be quite variable in this time of the year so taking an umbrella and something wram along is recommended. Also a lot of shops and cafes are closed but the atmosphere is fantastic.
SO MANY GREAT COSTUMES.... .AND THEY ALL SEEM TO HAVE COME OUT OF A STORYBOOK. During those years one of the first laws made by the Serenissima was that masks cannot be used around the city at night.