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.
A SMILE FOR EACH POSE....... A BOW FOR EACH ENTRANCE OF A DIFFERENT COSTUME... Venice Carnival attracted foreigners - including princes - from all over Europe, who came to enjoy the wild festivities while spending fortunes.
I didn't go during the Carnival Ball time.. though i've already dreamt too.. Maybe sometime in the future...
It's all about the masks and the medival gowns.. many shops sell masks.. but quite a handful sell costumes too.. and i had fun looking at them with no intention of buying of course! Reminds me of all those movies i've watched like Drew Barrymore's Ever After.. haha
In its glory days of the 1700s, Carnival began on Dec 26 and lasted until Ash Wednesday, with mask-wearing and other unofficial activities continuing well into the spring. The nonstop partying, gambling, and general irresponsibility reflected the decline of the Venetian Republic, which had begun to lose wealth and power with the rise of Dutch and British trade in the 1600s. During the period of Carnival it seems that every excess was permitted. The streets were thronged with people intent on partying and carousing, singing, dancing and playing games.
Although we were not there during carnival, you find these locals all over the place dressed up and waiting for you to pose with them adding that carnival atmosphere to the place and giving us a glimse of what it could be like
The masks shops were my favorites... it is a great feeling to hide behind one of those pieces of art and walk the streets where people are watching you ,trying to guess what would you look without it ....
I went into this mask shop without intention to buy anything ,just to look around and admire all the beautiful masks . But than I saw her - the mask of masks!!! The most beautiful one I saw !!!Tried it on and just couldn't leave it back. Had to buy it !!!
Every February, for a week, Venice celebrates the annual carnival. The carnival started about 1000 years ago and the use of masks was established more than 500 years ago. The carnivals and the masks disappeared towards the end of the 18th century with the conquer of Venice by Napoleon. Only about 25 years ago the carnival and the mask making were resumed. I wasn't lucky to be here for the carnival, but the masks are visible all year around. There are plenty of shops where you can get one. Only, make sure you get the "real thing". A hand made mask, manufactured like they used to do centuries ago.
2006 Carnival starts 17th February
Carnival, or Carnevale, is Venice's answer to Mardi Gras. Every Winter for eight days leading up to Lent tourists such as I flock to the City for pageants, commedia dell'arte, concerts, face painting, displaying your costume and masked balls up until Shrove Tuesday which marks the end of the festival.
In it's glory days of the 1700s the Carnevale di Venezia began on 26th December, people would wear masks and party and gamble. right until Ash Wednesday. The Venetian Republic was beginning to lose trade by this time which meant a loss of wealth and power. Carnival ceased along with the Republic when Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Venice in 1797.
In 1979 a group of non-Venetians attempted to revive Carnival a bit like other historical societies hold re-enactments and costume events. The event took off and hence the Carnival in it's present from was born, perking up a traditionally quiet time visitor-wise and creating a new tourist season.
My only gripe about the timing is that the weather is a bit hit and miss at this time of the year. Some of the costumes are so elaborate and sopping wet velvet could be quite heavy I imagine, and big ostrich plumes never look as grand when they're bedraggled!