Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Venice During Carnivale

Hello Everyone!

Wrapping up my weekend, I went to Venice on Sunday to experience the crazy atmosphere of Carnivale! We went with a program, which, if the price range is okay for your budget, I definitely recommend doing so. We left bright and early at 8:00am and got into Venice at 11:00am. there was a huge crowd of all of us so we had to wait for the rest of the buses to arrive at the meeting point and then we were off on the water taxi that brought us onto the main island. We unfortunately missed the "Flight of The Angel" which is a traditional event that symbolizes the official opening of the Carnival. Basically, an unknown guest of Venice, the mysterious angel flies down on a chord from the Bell Tower into the Piazza in Piazza San Marco. I heard it gets extremely crowded so in a way I was happy I wasn't going to be in a boisterous crowd, but at the same time I was a bit disappointed.

On the water taxi arriving in Venice

We went straight to a glassblowing demonstration where a glassblower made  a beautiful vase. It literally took him only five minutes, but the creation came out magnificent. It is very hard to become a glassblower and the job is prestigious: it takes at least ten years worth of training to become a master of glass. I left with a beautiful (but slightly expensive) souvenir for home.

Glass Blowing Demonstration

Piazza San Marco with traditional flag throwers, among theatrical re-enactments
After the demonstration, we had a couple of hours to explore the city on our own. We went back into Piazza San Marco and took a lot of pictures with those dressed up in costume. It is incredible how gorgeous the dresses were and how elaborate the individuals become to celebrate this traditional event. The weather was frigid and raining so we ducked into a small trattoria to grab a small lunch. I shared a plate of gnocchi that was ridiculously expensive and absolutely terrible. I actually left the place hungrier than when I came in. However, I wasn't going to let that put a damper on the day, so the hunt to find my mask began. I originally wanted an original hand crafted one but they were really expensive. I bought myself a beautiful  mask (sadly not handcrafted) but was very happy with the purchase.

One of the many, many, many people dressed up

Ultimately, I loved Venice. The fact that they don't have roads but rivers, continues to amaze me and the city just had a magic aura to it, despite the crowds and tourists. I would love to come back to this cute island one day, preferably not during Carnivale. As much fun as I had, I would like to explore the island further during a less crowded time. I am glad to say that I have been here during such a fun season!

Eternally yours,


Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

So cool! Looks like you had an amazing time! I love reading about all of your adventures :)

Twenty.Something said...

Looks like so much fun! Venice is one of my favorite places... I find it so romantic and mysterious at the same time!! I need to get back there for the Carnival one of these days... looks incredible!


daisychain said...

that looks and sounds like so much fun! xox

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

You lucky lady - the Carnivale looked like it was super fun. A few friends went to Venice and got the masks - they are so detailed and gorgeous.

p.s. Thanks for stopping by my blog - oh to fit a tufted couch into a closet would be awesome!

Couture Carrie said...

What an amazing experience, darling!
I love Venice too!


chiara said...

Nice! And your mask is beautiful...
I was supposed to visit my cousin in Venice this coming weekend, but her house is so full of guests, I decided to go some other time, after the Carnival is gone...

Maddy said...

So jealous, Steph! Venice during Carnival! I don't think you could've gone at a more exciting time :) The mask you purchased it awesome too!

H said...


Venice looks wonderful, I went to Rome last month which was great!

I'm having a blog giveaway at the moment hun, do check it out :)