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What is a carnival, I think, no need to explain. And about Venice Carnival everyone has heard something. For several centuries now, one of the most famous and revered carnivals of the world has been attracting attention and gathering tens of thousands of people every year to its celebrations.

If you have heard a little about this world event or you know something, but you have not yet decided whether to go there or not, then after reading this material, I think, to make a decision it will be easier for you .

What is the carnival in Venice

Carnival movement in today's world leads its way from ancient times. The etymology of the word itself is not entirely clear, there are different versions, but the main one is this:

the word "carnival" comes from the Italian words "carne" and "vale", literally "meat" and "chop"

Carnival festivities in medieval Italy, and a little later throughout Europe, were held just two or three weeks before Lent, when meat was forbidden to be consumed (in fact, the carnival is the European equivalent of the Slavic Shrovetide).

The roots of the holiday go back to ancient Rome: remember the “bread and circuses”, so that the rulers of ancient Venice, one might say, revived the Roman Saturnalia in their own way, giving all segments of the population the opportunity to unite in universal festivities and wild dances before the universal spiritual and physical cleansing before Easter.

First documentary mention about the Venice Carnival refers to the year 1094 After 1162, when the victory over the Patriarch of Aquileia grew into a mass festivities, the carnival became annual. And with XIII-XIV centuries . acquired the forms and traditions that are now known and which the organizers of the Venice Carnival are trying to stick with: the costumes and celebrations where entry is prohibited without a mask.

For centuries, crowds of people from all over Italy and Europe have gathered at the Carnival of the Most Serene Republic. Sometimes carnivals started much earlier than the dates that were originally set aside for the holiday before the beginning of Lent: from December, or even from October, the city was teeming with masked people, fun was everywhere, under the cover of masks the most incredible things were happening, and sometimes of crime. It got to the point that the Council of Ten led by Doge - the ruler of the city - even prohibited the wearing of masks in non-carnival days, threatening with huge fines, jail and long-term exile, and women with public flogging on the square.

In the nearly thousand-year history of the Venice Carnival, there was a period of calm and even oblivion, when in 1797 Napoleon, by decree, banned the carnival in Venice In the 19th century, they tried to revive him, but rather timidly, locally and privately.

Only since 1979, thanks to the idea of ​​the great Federico Fellini, the Venice Carnival was revived as a huge commercial project, which annually gathers tens of thousands of people from all over the world to the streets, squares and palaces of Venice, to have fun on a grand scale, to “get off to the fullest” so that, having spent much and not regretting it, then remember this trip all your life .

When, how and for how much

Now we are approaching, perhaps, the most important and difficult topic of the story: time and amounts.

As I already said, dates for the Venice Carnival set in accordance with the beginning of Lent .

All information about the carnival, dates, program of events, ordering and buying tickets should be found on the carnival website: carnevale.venezia.it

According to preliminary data, the next year’s 2018 Carnival will be held from January 27 to February 13.

So, already from the summer you can look for and book accommodation.

The closer to the opening date of the carnival, the more difficult it is to find a place where you can stop. Carnival in Venice very popular, wanting to go on it a lot, so do not waste time searching for accommodation (see websites: booking.com, hotellook.ru, airbnb), select the program (see the carnival website).

With the purchase of tickets to Venice, too, should not pull, you will help on sites: aviasales.ru, skyscanner.ru and the like.

Planning a trip

Having solved the problem of housing and roads, decide on the entertainment program . Venice Carnival - it's quite expensive . In addition to the areal activities available for strollers, the carnival program is filled with various costume balls for the elite public: you can buy a ticket there on the carnival site, but prices for balls grow from 150-200 euros , reaching up to 2,800 euros (this is the price for a VIP ticket).

Naturally, not everywhere tickets are so expensive . The most expensive ball was and remains Ball Doge which takes place in Palazzo Pisani-Moretta, but Big Masquerade Ball in the same palace one day later he awaits guests for a more reasonable fee: from 590 euros for a simple ticket to 850 euros for a VIP-place . Balls and masquerades are held in the Palazzo Contarini della Porta di Ferro, the hotels of Carlton, Metropol, Monaco, Palazzo Dandolo, Zen Palace.

The program and information about the cost of tickets, as well as what this cost includes, you can find on the website of the carnival. All information on the site lined in two languages: italian and english. The program of carnival balls will also be reported by this site: book-my-palace.com and here it is: venice-carnival-italy.com - where you can choose a ball and issue a ticket for it.

Costume and mask

Another one major cost line : mask and costume.

At the balls in the Venetian Palazzo, the entrance without a suit and mask is strictly prohibited!

Therefore, before the trip you can make a costume yourself and take it with you, you can order a costume from a master (but be sure to clarify the theme of the carnival, the costume must match the theme), or you can rent it right after your arrival in Venice.

for example in famous atelier "Flavia" for a fee in 400-600 euros per day You will find a good suit and accessories for it. Website studio: veniceatelier.com .

There are several shops where you can buy quality costumes: "Benor Maschere Venezia" , "Ca’ Macana " , Ca ’del Sol Maschere .

However, there are a lot of shops and shops where masks are sold and at least just cloaks in Venice, and before the carnival there is a feeling that their number is increasing.

As for youth carnival parties, then everything is much simpler with the dress code, since the principle “the worse, the merrier” works: you can easily buy masks and accessories in any supermarket. It is cheaper and funnier. How to find supermarkets, I wrote in the article Where to eat in Venice .

About Venetian masks I advise you to read the special literature, everything is not so simple and straightforward. To start take a look here. Buy a mask in Venice, there is no problem, they are there in bulk. Prices range from 5 to 250 euros.

Do not immediately rush to any mask, take a look, try on. It can be beautifully made and cost big money, but it does not fit you in size or shape. Sometimes the simplest cheap mask from a souvenir shop turns out to be more original and advantageous than an expensive branded product.

What, when and where

Every year, two or three weeks before Lent ( floating date , to know the dates of the carnival most reliably on its website) the city is immersed in the old atmosphere of the unrestrained national holiday, where passions are raging under the masks of the comedy dellarte, acquaintances are tied up, ancient traditions are revived, ancient stories reappear, where no one cares who you are, where you are from or why here, it is important that you are just here and now, and together you are ready to rush into this maelstrom of joy and happiness, beauty and mystery.

Every year carnival has a theme , and most of the events correspond to this theme and reflect it. For example, two years ago the opening of the carnival coincided with Valentine's Day, hence the theme was taken, this year the carnival took over the theme “Vanity Fair - Vanity in all forms”.

The holiday structure is composed of centuries-old events and events:

  • Water parade on Cannaregio Canal and Canal Grande - a grand water and light show, when a cavalcade of boats, boats and gondolas in the light of searchlights and projectors moves through wide channels, and artists, dancers, and gymnasts in these boats work wonders in fancy costumes,
  • Mari Holiday - a procession from the church of San Pietro di Castello along the central embankment to Piazza San Marco of pre-selected girls-beauties, symbolizing the liberation by the Venetians of girls from the captivity of the pirates of Istria,
  • Angel's Flight - the descent from the Campanile San Marco to the Piazza San Marco of a girl who, during the flight, scatters confetti over crowds of spectators,
  • Parody Flight of an Ass and Flight of the Eagle - these events take place in mainland Venice, Mestre,
  • Competition for the most original mask carnival,
  • Various themed balls in the ancient palaces of Venice.

Carnival program

On Piazza San Marco line up wooden street theater , on the stage of which, on the opening day of the carnival, they represent the newly saved Mariys from the pirates, and where the same Angel rises after the descent from the bell tower Columbine Carnival and Doge greets her.

Doge in Venice is not there since the fall of the Most Serene Republic, but once it was its ruler, elected for the most complex electoral procedures for life, of course, that Doge is a symbolic figure at the carnival, depicted by an actor.

Throughout the carnival, the stage is provided to a variety of theaters, musicians and famous performers. At Campo San Polo arrange traditional rink . The streets and squares of the city are held a variety of processions: from ensembles of drummers and trumpet players, groups of acrobats to dancing or simply walking with shouts and jokes of crowds dressed in costumes of the most incredible colors and shapes of people.

An extensive program offer venetian and visiting theaters showrooms. In various parts of the city, both on the islands and in the mainland, you can find entertainment to your taste and wallet.

Venice Squares all these days are crowded with young men in masks who have fun with games, dances, songs. Cafes and restaurants are open and full of visitors. During public events, guests are served treats on the streets, which are sold and served from open trays, in a variety of places installed along the way.

It makes no sense to describe the entire program here, it is always different and diverse. Therefore, once again I give a link to the website of the Venice Carnival, immediately to the section Developments. where you will familiarize yourself with the program and select an event for yourself, and you can buy a ticket.

How to behave at the Carnival

Venice Carnival - an event, I will not say “crowded”, I will say: very “crowded”. It seems that the city, especially in the center, becomes rubber. And they even think that the gradual immersion of Venice into the waters of the Adriatic is connected precisely with the huge number of people on its streets and embankments. In fact, everything is not so scary .

It is important to know exactly your program, to go pretty well in advance of the event, to try to get around the trails trodden by tourists, to be as natural and friendly as possible.

As for security, in any season, at any time of the day or night Venice was and remains a very safe city. . Authorities and citizens absolutely not in the hands of accidents and crimes. The order is monitored by reinforced police and carabinieri troops. Of course, no one is safe from theft but they think so in any Italian city, so they carry bags over their shoulders, they keep their hands in their pockets, they take only what is necessary with them. Well, your own attention should be on top.

What and where to eat

There are no problems with food during the carnival at all: restaurants, cafes and bars work in an intensive way, offering guests a rather large selection of dishes . You will find a lot of stalls with Venetian sweets and pastries on the streets of the city. In general, on food issues I wrote in some detail in the article Where and what to eat in Venice , only prices in the direction of a certain increase can change, but not everywhere and not always. It is necessary to deal with this on the spot. I will add only that in the days of carnival taken to help themselves Frittolle , venetian donuts, and Galani , very similar to our brushwood.

In a word, if you are ready to spend a certain amount for the opportunity to be in an amazing place where epochs and characters mix, where unbridled fun awaits you around every corner, where impressions will not be gathered for one day of stories, then decide, and go ahead Venice Carnival ! Have a good trip.

Trip dates

Carnival will last more than two weeks. Few people can afford to stay in Venice during this entire period. What days are best to come to the carnival?

Most of the most interesting events are held on weekends. You should choose which days you would like to be in Venice.

February 16 in the evening (Saturday) and February 17 (Sunday) the holiday of all Venetians "La Festa Veneziana" will take place in the Canaaregio area (near the train station). This event is considered the opening of the carnival.

23 (saturday) and february 24 (sunday) 2019 will be the first major carnival events. These days in Venice, the Maria Festival will begin (Festa delle Marie), the Angel Flight event will take place. In the suburbs of Zelarino (on the mainland) a holiday for children will be held. Also the competition for the best carnival costume and the best mask will begin these days.

March 02 (Saturday) Parade of carnival platforms in the suburb of Marghera (on the mainland).

March 03 (Sunday) 2019. The grand final of the competition for the best carnival costume. The award ceremony will be held on the stage, on Piazza San Marco.

March 05 (Tuesday) 2019. The coronation ceremony of Mary will be held on the Piazza San Marco.
The Flight of the Lion (Svolo del Leon) event on Piazza San Marco at 17:00. This event is a symbolic closure of the carnival.

Carnival program will be changed and refined. Changes are possible. More complete information will be known in early 2019.

Book a hotel

If you have decided which days you would like to visit Venice, then it’s time to book a hotel. Where better to stay in Venice? The most convenient for tourists hotels are located near St. Mark's Square and on the banks of the Grand Canal. It is also convenient to choose a hotel near the train station. The central part of Venice is rather small, and it’s easy to get to most places in the city from most hotels.

A part of the city to the west of the Grand Canal is connected to the eastern part by only a few bridges. If you decide to stay in this part of the city, it will be better to choose a hotel that is located near the bridge. Piazza San Marco is located in the eastern part of the city (east of the Grand Canal).
Sometimes it is more convenient for tourists to choose a hotel on the mainland of Venice. It is believed that the prices here are somewhat lower. Probably you should not book a hotel on islands that have no connection to the city center (Giudecca, Lido).

Buy tickets

You can buy your own plane, train or bus tickets online (or sometimes at ticket offices). We suggest using one of the flight search services to find a flight that suits you. From many cities in Europe and some cities in Russia, Venice can also be reached by bus and by rail.

Going to Venice in your car is not the best idea. You are most likely to have parking problems. Move around the central part of Venice, you have to walk or by water transport.

Useful links:

  • Buy a plane ticket.
  • Buy a bus ticket.
  • Buy a train ticket to Europe.

What to do in Venice

What do you plan to do during the carnival in Venice? Most tourists walk along the canal quays, see the sights, take pictures of interesting places, people in carnival costumes and take selfies. But there are more interesting suggestions.

Create your carnival costume or carnival mask and take part in the competition. Participation in the competition is free. The costume should match the theme of the carnival. You must first register as a member. The theme of the festival and the registration link will appear on the official website of the carnival in late 2017 or early 2018. (You can find the registration link here.)


In the days of the carnival in Venice, several costumed dinners and masquerades are held. Tickets for such events should also be bought in advance.

You can buy a millet mask on the street in Venice and become a participant in the carnival. You can also buy or rent a suit from a specialized company and walk along the quays in such a suit. (Information on where to buy or rent a costume.)

Be sure to go on at least one tour. Professional guide will tell you a lot of interesting things about the city. In the assortment of travel agencies there are also walks on a gondola through the most beautiful places of the city and the organization of photo shoots.
You can choose a tour before the trip.

Venice Carnival takes place in winter. This means that you should be dressed warm enough. Frosts are possible in Venice at this time of the year (sometimes). Do not forget to also take an umbrella (you can buy it on site if necessary). The average daily temperature in Venice in February is around 5 ° C.

What holiday is it?

Venice Carnival is a popular costume festival, which is held annually in Venice and involves a large-scale masquerade ball.

Когда проходит Венецианский карнавал? Он начинается в феврале и длится обычно около двух недель. Последним днём данного торжества является так называемый Жирный вторник. The next day, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which for Christians lasts forty-five days and ends on one of the most popular and significant holidays - Easter, that is, Christ's Sunday.

history of the holiday

The history of the Venice Carnival dates back several centuries. But the first time it was held in 1094, although similar events were held before that time. Some historians believe that the origins of this celebration go back to ancient times and is associated with the festivities in honor of the god Saturn, which began after the end of the harvest.

The Christian church used the Venice Carnival as a kind of preparation for the parishioners to Lent, which was much easier to withstand after such relaxation and mass celebrations. In addition, a little later, all residents of the city began to wear costumes, which allowed smoothing the differences between different sectors of society and at least during this period to create the appearance of equality of all people.

In 1662, a public walk in honor of the victory over the then ruler of Aquileia was announced on Piazza San Marco. It is assumed that it was from those times that the carnival began to be held annually and made a real holiday. But the peak of its popularity and maximum flowering, he reached later - in the eighteenth century. It was then that beginners and professional actors began to take part in the carnival, and the costumes became brighter and more spectacular.

The appearance of Venetian masks, covering only a part of the face, is also timed to this holiday. Moreover, each costume was associated with a certain hero and had to have certain features. Characters of fairy tales and legends began to appear on the streets, and Columbine became the emblem of the carnival - a character who became traditional in Italy, a certain gossip maid.

At the end of the 18th century, mass uprisings began, and the holiday was almost forgotten, and in the past century it was completely banned. The veto was lifted only in the late 70s of that century, and with the permission of the Pope himself. And at the end of the 20th century, the celebration acquired its own hymn, and to this day it is official and one of the most important. And even in the photo you can see how much the Italians love it.

A carnival usually opens with a ritual called Volo della Colombina, which is the launch and the subsequent explosion of the Colombine dove in Piazza San Marco. Further, large-scale performances take place, and then the celebration penetrates into all the streets of the city. People sing songs, dance, chat and just walk, showing their costumes. Balls are held in ancient palaces and other buildings.

The carnival covers literally the whole of Venice, so that it turns into a huge costume ball and for two weeks falls out of ordinary life. And even the children are satisfied, because for them there are exciting activities. The event ends with a parade of costumes and chic fireworks.

Bright outfits

At the carnival you can find almost any costume, but it certainly should be bright, reflecting the nature and characteristics of the chosen hero. And a variety of characters are used, for example, fabulous or animated, taken from legends and myths, and even animals. Especially popular are Pierrot, Pantalone, Harlequin, Columbine, Dzhanduy, Pulcinella (analogue of Petrushka).

Costumes are made by residents and guests of the city on their own, sewed in the studio or purchased in specialized stores. Many of them are quite complex and consist of several parts: a pantalon, a frock coat or a jacket, an embroidered and decorated shirt, a corset, a dress, a raincoat or a cape, a headdress and the main attribute - a mask.

What will happen next year?

In 2017, the Venice Carnival will begin on February 11 and will end only at the end of the month - February 28.

The announced program includes the following activities:

  • Opening ceremony on February 11 at 18:00. She will pass in Cannaregio.
  • On February 12, a boat procession will start along the main canal, which will begin at noon and will probably take a whole day.
  • Opening of the theater is scheduled for February 18 on the main square of the city of San Marco (it will begin at noon). Moreover, the audience will see not one presentation, but a whole multitude, and each of them promises to be interesting. Also, everyone will be able to attend various events or take part in numerous competitions.
  • At five o'clock in the evening on the last day of the celebration will begin a magnificent closing ceremony.

A complete list of events can be found on the official website of the carnival.

Venice Carnival is a fabulous holiday, known not only in Italy, but also in the whole world. Every tourist dreams to visit it, and if you get on it, you will be very lucky!

Life hacking number 3. Where to eat in Venice cheap and tasty?

Where to eat in Venice - a city that consistently ranks among the five most expensive European cities for a tourist? And can this be done without paying a tidy sum, as a British tourist did, having paid more than 500 euros for one lunch?

For the most economical, the option of buying groceries in a supermarket or on the market is suitable - in this case it is better to settle in apartments, where there is a kitchen with a stove and a refrigerator, as we did.

And yet there are other ways not to spend much money on food and at the same time not indulge in the pleasure of trying Venetian specialties. During the carnival you should at least once treat yourself to traditional carnival sweets:

  • frittelle - carnival analogue of pancakes. Deep-fried balls of dough, sometimes with the addition of raisins, chocolate, jam or custard,
  • castagnole - a type of frittelle. Balls of dough without filling, fried in boiling oil and sprinkled with powdered sugar,
  • chiacchere (and also galani) - fried crispy dough strips, sprinkled with powdered sugar and reminiscent in taste and appearance of brushwood.

Carnival sweets can be bought in pasty (confectionery) or in a regular supermarket, and they are not expensive at all.

The best friends of a traveler in Venice are traditional bakari bars (bàcaro or plural bàcari) where you can satisfy your hunger with Venetian snacks chickettti(cichetti) and drink the local favorite Aperol Spritz.

If you want to thoroughly eat and taste fish and seafood, first try to find restaurants with discounts in the application The Fork from TripAdvisor (link for users iphone and Android ) - so you can save up to 30% at lunch or dinner. The peculiarity of Venice is that even with discounts absolutely cheap will not work. Just choose not restaurants “with a beautiful view”, but trattoria and osteria. Let their interior and it seems not the most elegant, but they will feed you delicious and home-cooked dishes from fresh ingredients.

Read more about where to eat in Venice, read in this article

Life hacking number 4. Where do the “masks” pose and how to take pictures with them?

If you want to attend carnival events such as “Flying Angel” or a competition for the best mask, then firstly, you need to check with the program on the website http://www.carnevale.venezia.it/en/ (find out the start time and the place where the event will take place). And secondly, in advance, it is better to arrive at the place in 2-3 hours, especially if it is San Marco Square, as closer to the beginning the flow of people in the narrow streets of Venice becomes so dense that the police block all the aisles and approaches.

The weather forecast is also of great importance: in strong winds and rain, no masque contests please, and people themselves in carnival costumes try not to go outside once more.

The man in the fantasy costume of the Pope was a real superstar on Piazza San Marco during bad weather - others«masks "preferred to stay in hotels

But in good clear weather, you will get tired of driving your finger on the touchscreen of your smartphone and pressing the camera buttons, because everywhere there will be people in various costumes and masks - classical and fantasy, intricate and ridiculous, medieval and futuristic. It is for this that many people come to the carnival - to stare at the “masks”, marvel at the fantasies of individual characters, take a picture of them or take a picture with them.

The canonical photos of the “masks” that can be seen on the expanses of the Seti are usually made against the background of Piazza San Marco, Doge’s Palace and the dock of gondolas. In fact, people in masks do not stand in one place, but walk throughout Venice.

They can be found:

  • on the bridge of the Academy,
  • on the Rialto Bridge,
  • on the road leading to San Marco,
  • at Campo Santo Stefano, where the carnival market is located,
  • in the gardens of the Biennale,
  • near the church of Santa Maria della Salute.

People in carnival costumes descend from the bridge of the Academy

There is always a crush on San Marco, and some “masks”, like real rock stars, are simply not suitable. Everyone has the right to 15 minutes of fame, as the king of pop art Andy Warhol talked about, and the appearance at the carnival in a particularly elaborate costume is this very moment of glory, to which many strive, spending fabulous money on a costume, mask and headdress !

The man in this magnificent headdress was the superstar of the carnival-2018. It was practically unreal to go up and take a picture of him because of the dense crowd

Therefore, one conclusion: during the carnival walk as much as possibleespecially if you are lucky with the weather! After all, people in carnival costumes "live" not only in San Marco, but also walk around the city, take selfies, rent gondolas for beautiful photos or have a snack in bakari and osteria. And with pleasure they take pictures with tourists, enjoying their 15 minutes of fame. This is the paradox of the carnival - a mask and a suit that hides the personality (sometimes it is not even clear who is hiding under them - a man or a woman, a celebrity or the most ordinary tourist who has rented his own image) attract increased attention.

Conventionally, all the carnival characters that you meet on your way can be divided into:

  • traditional images of the Venetian carnival (costumes of the XVII-XVIII centuries., masks: bauta, Venetian lady, doctor of plague, volto and others classic masks)
  • all the others: characters from books, movies, steam-punk fans, vampires, guests from other eras and even worlds, because of which the moments give rise to the feeling of Halloween across the whole city.

The Venice Carnival is very popular with the elderly, for whom it is a reason to wear camisoles and fluffy dresses, to feel gallant gentlemen and graceful ladies of past eras. Young people choose fantasy costumes and generally relate to the idea of ​​a carnival with a bit of humor.

There are even those who from year to year appear at the carnival in the same costume, like, for example, this guy in the Zorro costume (by the way, the only one who was trying to ask us for money for a photo, the others did it for free).

There is no strict following of canons at the Venice Carnival. Each dress in their own wallet and to the best of their imagination. There were no fewer people who wanted to be photographed with Star Wars characters than they did with a Venetian lady in an elaborate mask and a rich lush costume. The main thing at the carnival (and this is its meaning) is the atmosphere of general fun, mischief and good mood.

And the Carnival in Venice is an open-air disco on San Marco Square and at the Rialto Bridge, stylish themed decorations and performances by artists. It is not necessary to go to the ball in the palace, a ticket for which can cost several hundred euros (besides, visitors to such balls are usually people of age, a carnival is the best entertainment in retirement!). Come to San Marco in a luxurious costume, a Chinese mask for 5 euros or in casual clothes, dance, take a selfie, believe in miracles and enjoy the holiday atmosphere in the heart of beautiful Venice. Your good mood is priceless, and if you plan your trip to the carnival correctly, it is provided to you!

Live music on Piazza San Marco during the carnival

Other articles on Venice:

Weather in Venice and High Water

For weather reasons best time to visit venice - this is late spring and early summer (weather in Venice for months). However, the other side of the coin is that many people know about these dates.

In turn, this determines the city’s overcrowding with tourists with all the ensuing consequences: prices are high, budget hotels are crowded, and there are long lines at all of the least interesting places (how to avoid the latter, buying tickets to the Venice museums online, we wrote here).

Late autumn in Venice is usually much less tourists.

The situation is similar at the end of summer, although at this time the weather can be extremely hot, the channels exude a not particularly pleasant smell, and mosquitoes manifest themselves as mere vampires.

In the fall, many of these factors fade into the background, but they are more likely to enrich their experience acqua alta or, to put it more simply, with flood. From October to January in Venice, the likelihood of floods is high than ever before in the year, although the latter, by and large, can happen at any other time.

On the other hand, the flood can be treated philosophically. Despite the fact that they can significantly complicate sightseeing, this is an unusual and full of impressions tourist experience, which you will remember for a long time afterwards.

Also, before planning a trip, you should take into account the geographical position of Venice - the location in the north of the country on the Adriatic Sea determines a longer winter than in southern Italy.

Lucky with the weather in Venice can even be in the deep season

Thus, a visit to Venice in winter has its charm for budget travelers - the prices are lower and the crowds are smaller. However, the piercing wind from the sea and dampness can get even those for whom the budget of the tour is the most important factor. Fortunately, all these adversities are already, as a rule, behind the onset of the most important event of the year for all Venetians - the Carnival.

Venice Festivals

The city is famous for several events of the year, worth visiting, and Venice Carnival - one of them is celebrated annually in February or March (the list of Carnival dates 2010-2020). For a period of two weeks of costume action, the city is overflowing with tourists, but visiting the event is worth it to put up with possible inconveniences.

Another popular event is Easter, which in most cases is the starting point for the high tourist season in the city.

Great luck to get to Venice during the Carnival

In addition, every odd year, Venice hosts the famous Arts Festival - the Biennale. Having a huge authority, the Venice Biennale is akin to the Olympic Games in art. Each time, it attracts participants from all over the world to Venice, as well as tens of thousands of viewers eager to satisfy their cultural hunger.

Venice Biennale It takes place between June and November, and during its years you will undoubtedly find Venice more crowded than usual.

Another summer event worth a visit is Festa del Redentore (Festa del Redentore), which falls on the third weekend of July. The center of this religious festival is the Church of Il Redentore (Savior), which is located on the island of Giudecca opposite St. Mark's Square. The festival is celebrated with the guidance of a pontoon bridge over the canal, a feast, fireworks and a gondolier regatta.

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