It's time for the for the annual Venice Carnival again! The fantastic luxurious costumes,the masquerade balls,reciting of erotic literature and various public events make this event a must visit destination. Oh how I wish I was there right now and not stuck in the snow. Don't you love the fabulous and extremely detailed costumes. Everyone looks mysteriously romantic. If you don't know what Carnival is here is some info: Carnival, or Carnevale, has been celebrated for centuries throughout Italy. The name is said to derive from the words carne vale - 'farewell to meat' - which explain the function of the celebration: an opportunity to indulge and use up such treats before the start of Lent (like an extended Pancake Day).In modern Italy Carnevale is generally a time for children, who are led, carried and wheeled around town dressed in costumes - from cute fluffy animal suits to musketeers and Harry Potters, leaving a trail of confetti, sweets and 'silly string' littering streets and piazzas. Sometimes the celebrations extend to organised events for the whole community, but on the whole it's not a very important time for adults.
In Venice, however, the tourist board and hoteliers hit upon a fantastic money-earner in the 1980s when they revived a picturesque version of Venice's past. In Venice it's the grown-ups who have most of the fun, with masked balls, costume parades and a slightly antiseptic nostalgia for more decadent times. However much the modern Carnival may be contrived for tourists, it's undeniably atmospheric to walk down a lane in Venice and pass cloaked and masked figures. The tourist board and hotels urge their guests to participate by wearing at least a mask as they tour the town. It can be an exciting time for children, as long as the dehumanizing masks don't scare them, and there are plenty of opportunities for fun.
Young and old can admire the spectacle and select their favorite costumed characters, and there are plenty of opportunities to photograph your loved ones alongside dramatically-costumed carnival-goers. The city is very busy, particularly during the two Carnival weekends, and there is a genuinely festive atmosphere.Since 2008 the Carnival has been organized for the first time by a consortium headed by the Venice Casino. There are lots of events scheduled all around Venice, with a program available online and from the tourist information offices. Click here for more information. Of course Carnival is going on all over the world but I think being in Venice for this wold be the most memorable experience of old world ambiance and the history of it all as well as for the opportunity to see all those revelers in their masked outfits up close and personal.