Authored by Nick Michieletto
Have you ever been to Venice in Italy? Attend the Venetian Carnival.
If you have, I bet you understand what I mean when I say that it’s one of the most romantic places on our beloved planet.
No streets, no cars (if you want a taxi you book a water taxi), everything moves at a slower pace, and the city has an atmosphere which can only be defined as magic.
Amazing pieces of art and architecture populate the city and make it the perfect environment for those who love street photography. Everything is so out-of-the-ordinary that it’s almost as if the city if not real.
For those who live here, sometimes Venice can seem too quiet and even maybe melancholic. But for one week, every year, this city transforms itself. It leaves behind the calm atmosphere it is known for and transforms into an explosion of colours and emotions. Photos from the Venetian Carnival.
I’m talking about the Venetian Carnival.
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This recurring holiday is famous all over the world, but to participate can be a little bit tricky. Venice is a labyrinth of small streets and it’s easy to lose your sense of direction if you don’t know what you are doing.
But follow these tips for attending the Venetian Carnival and you’ll be fine. You’re in for an incredibly memorable time! Venice Carnival Photos.
Be On Time!
Many events and celebrations take place over the course of the Venetian Carnival, and so it is important to plan which events you will attend in advance, and also to arrive on time! There are many celebrations too choose from, though there are some events you should definitely not miss!
The celebrations in 2016 started Saturday 30th January and will continue every day until February 9. Travel tips for the Venetian Carnival.
You should definitely check a place called Arsenale, the old fortress of Venice. Here you will find music and art exhibitions for every taste. And for those who seek nightlife, once the sun sets this is the perfect place for you! Every student in Venice parties here when the hour is late! Venice facts.
Another noteworthy moment of the Carnival is the “Flight of the Angel”; a traditional occasion when a lady, dressed in an angel costume, flies from the top of the bell tower in San Marco square into the crowd. This is a magical event, and one in which you don’t want to miss.
Get a Mask
It would be a shame to go to the Venetian Carnival without a mask! Masks have always been an important feature of the Venetian carnival, and it is tradition to wear masquerade masks and walk the streets in full costume.
Costumes are elegant, regal and in bold colours, similar to those which the inhabitants of the city wore when Venice was one of the most powerful cities in the world (I’m talking about the XIV century!!)
I have to tell you though, this dress takes days to be hand crafted, and only the master mask-crafters are able to create the wonderful costumes you see in photographs. The downside is that they are really expensive.
But! I have a secret to tell you… Facts about the Carnival in Venice.
If you want to really take part to the Venetian Carnival and make it a memorable experience you can absolutely find a mask without having to throw away thousands of euros on a costume. Look for artisan mask-crafter shops and ask if they borrow costumes. Many shops will lend you a costume for a reasonable price. Facts about the Venetian Carnival.
Don’t Miss Other Venetian Experiences
You are in Venice, so you can’t miss out on a boat tour of the waterways and canals. Where to buy a Carnival Mask in Venice.
I know, I know…you’re thinking of a Gondola right? The traditional, flat-bottomed black Venetian rowing boat, which has become symbolic of Venice?
Of course and there is nothing more romantic than being rowed through Venice on an iconic black Gondola, though there is a downside: Gondola rides have become quite touristy and can be extremely expensive!
If you can’t afford it, instead take the “Vaporetto”; the public transport in Venice. It’s just a ferry boat, but it will give you the idea of what it’s like to go around the canals in Venice without paying too much!
Take Your Camera With You
Venice on a regular day is a photographer’s dream, though the Carnival is in a league of it’s own. If you harbor a love of photography like me, don’t forget to bring your camera! Buy a masquerade mask in Venice.
Venice is the perfect theatre to shoot wonderful street photography, and with the carnival going you can capture incredibly unique images.
And not just that… take a look at this article about landscape photography in Venice, it’s really inspiring. Go to the Venetian Carnival.
The Venetian Carnival is one of the most inspiring and magic events you could ever attend. I hope I will see you there, or not see you, who knows who stands beneath the masks! I want to go to the Carnival in Venice.
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Photo credits: Featured and Pinterest images by DreamsDiary. Gallery of Blue & Gold Checkerboard & Red Costumed Character by Massimiliano Ferrari. Man rowing Gondola by Piervincenzo Madeo. The city of Venice by DreamsDiary. Things to know about the Venetian Carnival. What you need to know about the Carnival in Venice.