Venice is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges. Today, it is one of Italy's most important cities and a supremely romantic travel destination, where you can stroll alongside miles of winding canals.
Singing gondoliers and quaint bridges, this canal-laced city is one of Italy’s most postcard-perfect destinations, known as the "City of Canals," the "Floating City," and also as the "City of Bridges" because of the numerous spans that crisscross its waterways. While many of Venice's 400-plus bridges are nondescript and practical, many embody the beauty and history of this fascinating city. A magical place where you'll never run out of things to do, the gondolas plying the busy Grand Canal and smaller waterways of Venice are one of the most iconic images in the world. They are the symbol of history, tradition, and romance in the city on the lagoon, a gondola ride in Venice ranks among one of the most dreamed-about experiences for travelers.
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For staying in Venice, you will find plenty of accommodation available.
The Carnival of Venice - Carnevale di Venezia, is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter, on Shrove Tuesday (Martedì Grasso or Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival is world-famous for its elaborate masks.
During the 40 days of Lent, parties were off-limits—and so was eating foods like meat, sugar, and fats. As a result, people would try to get rid of all of their rich food and drink (and get their partying out of the way!) before Lent. Hence… Carnival. (In fact, the word Carnevale may come from the Latin words carne and vale, meaning “farewell to meat”!). According to tradition, Venice’s Carnival got its start in 1162, when townspeople celebrated a victory over the Patriarch of Aquileia. By the 16th century, Venetians were celebrating Carnevale in style!
Masking has a long tradition in Venice. All the way back in 1268, a law even was passed to ban, of all things - putting on masks and throwing perfumed eggs! Black velvet masks, for example, would be worn in “houses of ill repute”—especially gambling parlors—to shield their owners’ identities.
While many events, particularly the opulent masquerade balls require invitations and have steep ticket prices, many others, like the candle-lit parade of boats, concerts, and street performances, are free and open to the public.
The carnival is one of the biggest celebrations in Italy—and from Venetian masks to masquerade balls, no place does it like Venice!