The Carnival in Venice

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Venice Carnival is a world famous event in the current days. It takes place during the ten days leading up to Shrove Tuesday and it's, in my opinion, the most beautiful in the world! Some might say that the Carnival in Rio is much better but I can't seem to agree.

My boyfriend decided to present me with a 3-days trip to Venice during the Carnival and... uauh! I can't seem to find the right words to describe this gorgeous city. Venice is a talismanic beauty in the middle of the mediterranean sea. I am so in love with this place that I could come back every year.

The sheer loveliness of this exquisite city can fascinate anyone, no matter where you are, you will always be surrounded by jaw-dropping beauty. There are churches with astonishing architecture everywhere and art seems to be something that you can breathe rather than only see.

Venice seems to have been miraculously built on water.

St. Mark's Square is the main square in Venice. "It has famously been called "the drawing room of Europe," a quote attributed to Napoleon. The square is named after the unusual and stunning Basilica San Marco that sits on the east end of the square. The slender Campanile di San Marco, the basilica's bell tower, is one of the square's most recognizable landmarks. Adjacent to Saint Mark's Basilica is the Doges' Palace (Palazzo Ducale), the erstwhile headquarters of the Doges, the rulers of Venice. The paved area that extends from the Piazza San Marco and forms a large "L" shape around the the Doges Palace is known as the Piazzetta (little square) and the Molo (jetty)."

It's always full of tourists so go early to get the best photos.

The Gondola ride... yes it's a cliché, but you really can't leave Venice without spending those 80€ on a 40 minutes gondola ride. The guy that drove us was incredibly nice and funny, always singing and telling us Venice's darkest secrets... even showed us where Casanova used to live. It was totally worth it!

The Rialto Bridge... Not only is this one of the most gorgeous bridges in the world, it’s also a bustling marketplace where you can buy souvenirs, jewelry, and artwork to take home with you.

I even took some time to check the stores in St. Mark's Square.

We stayed at the Plaza Hotel and it was just perfect, only 5-10 minutes away from the island by bus. The hotel room was such a luxury and the breakfast even better.

We went to a few museums such as the Gallerie dell'Accademia, the Guggenheim, and the Ca' d'Oro.

The Carnival was the best part of the trip!

"Carnival, being a pre-Lent festival, means 'farewell to meat' and is celebrated throughout Italy. It was first held in Venice in the 11th century and consisted of over two months of revelry until it fell into decline during the 18th century. It was revived in 1979 with great success and nowadays it is a great excuse to don a mask and costume, parade around the city, enjoy the live music in the main squares of the city. The Carnival in the 18th century began with a series of balls in St Mark's Square, as can be seen on the fresco on the walls of the famous café Quadri's. Fortunes were squandered every night of Carnival in the Ridotto Gambling casino, whatever the social status all the people wore costumes and masks, many connected to the Commedie del'Arte, Harlequin, Columbine, the Plague Doctor and of course the courtesans."

It's like entering another dimension where fantasy, drama, and comedy bound together. It's like being part of a live theater with the most perfect masks in the whole world. Imagination has no limits here!

Venice has an undoubtedly striking beauty and delightful atmosphere. Be prepared for a very crowded experience if you go during the Carnival or Summer. Although it's totally worth it!

With love,

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