Carnival Time, Venice
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.
There are thousands of hats, silly and not so silly for sale. If you don't want to get into full costume you absolutely must buy a hat, or a mask, or both! Who cares if you look ridiculous - there will always be someone who looks sillier than you.
Directions: Stalls in any of the main squares.
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 !!!!!!
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 !!!
The canaval guide was saying : parade of the best costumes of the carnaval - Plaza San Marco - 16h. So among the rest of the options we had for culture and entertainment we choose that one of course
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 !!!
If you can, get out in costume, it's a fantastic experience. People stopping you to take your picture or have their picture taken with you gives you some idea of what it's like to be a celebrity!
Here's me and my best friend in costume infront of the Bridge of Sighs.
Keep some time aside to wander around St Marks Square for a few hours in costume posing for photos.....it's a great laugh. It's a bit impractical to sightsee in costume, if you've a long dress on it will more than likely get trodden on in the narrow alleys.
It's worth waiting to get into the Florian Cafe to join all the other revellers n costume.
It's also worth forking out if you can possibly afford it to go to one of the official masquerade balls. Website meetingeurope gives a full rundown of events.
Address: All over Venice
Directions: St Marks Square
Piazzetta San Marco
THE ANGEL’S FLIGHT
Traditional Carnival opening with the angel (Carlotta Mantovan) flying down from San Marco’s bell tower.Directed by Alessandro Bressanello
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.
Carnival in Venice is the most visited one in Europe. The masks are unique to this area only. The carnival began in 11 century and it still attracts visitors from all over the world. The most famous Venetian mas is the plague doctor, wearing a black gawn and a white mask with a long hook, where he supposedly had a cloth dipped into garlic solution as a precaution against the plague when visiting patients.
The atmosphere at the Venice Carnivale is brilliant, its such a great event. We went to it in 2003 and can not wait to return, I have to make some decent costumes first though! (~_~)
Dont forget to check out all my 100s photos ( well actually 32 ) of it in my Travelogues.
Loads of people really dress up, and their costumes are wonderful.
Throughout the afternoon they pose for photos, and then early evening they all parade through the crowds in St Marks Square to a stage opposite St Marks basilica, where they then all parade on the stage.
Casanova was the compare for the stage event, He had the most wonderful seductive voice ( or maybe its just the Italian accent ! (~_~) ........... )
Address: St Marks Square
Directions: All over Venice, But the stage event is in Piazza San Marco
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.
When Carnival first began it was celebrated from December 26 and reached its climax the day before Ash Wednesday, also known as 'Mardi Gras'. During the period of Carnival it seems that every excess was permitted and the fact that everyone wore masks seemed to abolish all social division. All the campi were thronged with people intent on partying and carousing, singing, dancing and playing games. The most common costume (the baùtta) was composed of a black silk hood, a lace cape, a voluminous cloak (the
tabarro), and a three-cornered hat and a white mask that completely covered the wearer's face. This allowed revelers to go around the city incognito. It was useful to go to casini, places where you could play games of chance.
Since 1980 the celebration of Carnival in Venice has gained popularity. People come from the world over to attend private and public masked balls and masked revelers of all ages invade the campi where music and dancing continues nearly day and night.
More pictures you can see in my Travelouges
I wasn't sure that is a great idea to go to Venice during Carnaval, as it really overcrowded this period, but the curiosity and the desire to take some pictures were stronger, so I went. And I wasn't disappointed, of course! I will never forget this festive atmosphere and magic in the air, thanks to all the people who made this event so fantastic and brilliant!
Venice hosts one of the best carnivals ever in the world! This occurrs sometime during February. People dress up and there are so many activities going on. Also, sometime during the year Venice hosts gondola races. These can be very entertaining.