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"Private Tour: San Polo Walking Tour - Merchants
"Private Tour: San Polo Walking Tour - Merchants Courtesans and Painters""In a city where west met the east exotic items like silk and oriental spices were traded along with copper and wood. Many of the courtesans lived in sumptuous apartments and were accomplished musicians and brilliant conversationalists. They were even secretly used as spies for the state.The second part of this tour allows you to admire the Gothic Frari church which dwarfs the eastern section of San Polo. Built by Franciscans in around 1250 it is one of the city's largest places of worship. You will admire its striking interior
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Skip the Line: Best of Venice Private Tour Including San Marco Doges' Palace and Gondola Ride
"See the very best Venice has to offers in one day private walking tour. Explore historic sites including an extended visit to St Mark’s Basilica with our very knowledgeable English-speaking guide. No queuing and VIP treatment all the way with this exclusive package. You will be immersed in Venetian culture as you meander through Venice perhaps Venice’s most famous landmark. Here you can admire the magnificence of the Doge’s Palace and with 'skip-the-line' tickets you will soon be inside discovering the beautiful ceilings with frescoes by Tintoretto and walls adorned with paintings by V Venice’s famous lover and writer was imprisoned in one of the palace attics before managing to escape? Next is the highlight of the tour; the spectacular Basilica San Marco. The guide will point out how eastern architecture and western design have come together to create the Basi some made in the city and others plundered during the crusades. Of particular interest are the 11th century mosaics some of the few treasures that have survived the Basilica’s floods and fires over the centuries. This carefully designed guided tour includes many other famous sites includingCampo San Giovanni e Paolo
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Venice Like a Local: Private Walking Tour
"A secret walking tour that will allow you to know the best preserved and authentic face of the city: narrow streets and canals beautiful squares and churches.Discover the areas of the city less frequented by the bustle of tourists and experience the authentic Venice following routes more peculiar than the classic tourist tours. There are numerous examples of places that bridges and facades.The tour departs from the top middle section of Rialto Bridge and explore the secret spots of Rialto and San Polo area. The route can be customised according to your personal wishes."""Discover the authenticity of Venice and visit those hidden pathways and secret spots like a local. Explore the city's streets during this 2-hours walking tour with the help of knowledgeable local guide.title=Highlights&1=%3Cp%3E2-hour+private+walking+tour+of+Venice%3C%2Fp%3E&2=%3Cp%3ESee+the+hidden+side+of+Venice+only+locals+know%3C%2Fp%3E&3=%3Cp%3EGet+away+from+the+crowds+to+see+authentic+Venice%3C%2Fp%3E&4=%3Cp%3EChoose+a+morning+or+afternoon+tour%3C%""
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MORE CARNIVAL 2006

COULD ANYONE GET TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING . .SUCH AS THE BRILLIANT COLORS OF VENICE DURING CARNIVAL?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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Onedragon
Feb 03, 2007

AND MORE PICTURES OF CARNIVAL 2006

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 !!!!!!

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Onedragon
Feb 03, 2007

More pictures from Carnival 2006

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....

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Onedragon
Feb 03, 2007

Carnival in February

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.

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nina_z
Aug 15, 2006
 
 
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CARNIVAL PART 8

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.

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Onedragon
Jul 12, 2006

CARNIVAL PART 11

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.

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Onedragon
Apr 05, 2006

Carnevale

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

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cheapskate
Feb 19, 2006

In its glory days of the...

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.

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AndreasK
Jan 18, 2006
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"Venezia"
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"Wandering around Venice with Suvanki"
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"Amore eterno per Venezia la Serenissima :-)"
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"Venice – the City of Art"
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"Vacations in Venice"
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Carnival fever

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

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mvtouring
Oct 31, 2005

The masks shops

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 !!!

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desert_princess
Oct 05, 2005

Venice Carnival

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.

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Bregman
Sep 20, 2005

History of Carnival

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!

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eddilowe
Sep 08, 2005

Things to Do Near Venice

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San Polo District - Sestiere San Polo

The church of San Giulian, commonly called San Zulian in Venetian dialect, is situated on the Merceria, the main shopping street of Venice. Originally it is structure from the 9th century but...
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Ca' Pesaro

This is one of the many museums in Venice. Ca'Pesaro is the International Gallery of Modern Art and Oriental Art Museum in Venice (although I was not so much intrigued by their oriental collection...
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Canal Grande

this will be my pictures foe the night view of the grand canal The Grand Canal is the main artery of Venice that splits the city rougly into two halves and of which 4 bridges cross the grand canal at...
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Campo Santa Margherita

Piazzas are the happening centers here and there throughout the city. Some have less activity than others. This one was quite busy. I think because it was near the schools for the kids. We noticed...
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Palazzo Grassi

The "Punta della Dogana" building has now been restored by the French billionaire François Pinault. A new museum opened on June 6, 2009 as new centre of contemporary art displaying artists from the...
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Ca' Rezzonico

The baroque palazzo Ca' Rezzonico at the Canale Grande - with its striking facade of white marble - is one of the finest examples of Venice city palaces now open to the public. It was built in the...
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