Mysterious masks and the floating city

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Mysterious masks in Venice.Credit@SalvatoreGerace.flickr.com

The Carnevale di Venezia is a unique Italian event which takes place each year around the start of February. It started in 1168 as a celebration of victory of Republic of Venice against Ulrico, Patriarch of Aquileia, and became an annual event until the King of Austria banned the carnival in 1797. It was re-established in 1979 and has been running annually since. This year, the carnival is full of different events running up until the 9th of February. According to the official Carnevale de Venezia website, the event may be the perfect reason to don a mask and costume, parade around the city and enjoy live music in the main squares.

This carnival may be famous for its Venetian masks and elaborate costumes. These are widely available to buy in Venice, and may be personally tailored for a higher price. Costumes may be worn during dinners, parades, masked balls, river cruises and concerts during this occasion, adding to the mysterious atmosphere of the carnival. There are more than 105 events and activities taking place at the Carnevale di Venezia this year, including children’s workshops, best mask and costume contests as well as theatre performances. This suggests there may be something for all ages to enjoy and may be of particular interest to tourists visiting Italy during this time.

One of many canals in Venice.Credit@JohnFowler.flickr.com

One of many canals in Venice.Credit@JohnFowler.flickr.com

One of the more expensive events taking place during the carnival is the Il Ballo del Doge, an exclusive Venetian Masquerade Ball which involves an artistic event, a grand ball, gala dinner and show rolled into one evening. According to a Venice Events company which specialises in this unique carnival, the 2016 Il Ballo del Doge is set to take place in the Palazzo Pisani Moretta and the tickets range from 800 Euros to 3,350 Euros per person. The event was created, produced and directed by Antonia Sautter, who describes the ball as “the most famous and coveted masked ball of the world.” Every year brings a new theme along with different styles of costume for the Masquerade Ball. This year’s theme is called The Secret Gardens of Dreams.

Besides the carnival, Venice may have a lot of attractions to entice visitors from around the world. A city commonly referred to as a floating city because of its unique mazelike alleys and squares situated alongside winding canals, Venice may have rich historical significance. There are little cars or roadways and the main method of transport around the city is by boat. The Grand Canal in Venice may be one of the major water-traffic sites in the city and tourists may explore the canal by gondola. This canal is lined with palaces, churches, hotels and other gothic style buildings, such as the Ca’ d’Oro.

Saint Mark’s Basilica.Credit@GlenScarborough.flickr.com

Saint Mark’s Basilica.Credit@GlenScarborough.flickr.com

Other points of interest for visitors to the city is Saint Mark’s Basilica, a cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice. It is situated in the Piazza San Marco and is nicknamed the Church of Gold. In addition to this, St. Marks Square where the church is located, is a popular tourist spot with historic religious significance. In the square is a large brick bell tower called the San Marco Campanile, which was traditionally used by approaching ships as a beacon to guide them home. Furthermore, Doge’s Palace is another potential site of interest due to its gothic architectural style.

Venice may appeal to those who appreciate architecture and history, or those who want to experience something different and unique. The Carnevale di Venezia may offer the opportunity to experience both the beauty of the unique city as well as take in the mysterious atmosphere around Venice during carnival time.

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