Daily Archives: July 9, 2014

Once (at least) in a Lifetime: Carnival in Venice, Italy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For some reason, the magical little city of Venice, Italy has been in my daydreams lately. And then, I came across this article from the Huffington Post about the Top 50 Cities to See in Your Lifetime, and guess which city came in #1? Venice, of course! I have not seen anywhere near all 50 on the list, but of the many I have visited, Venice makes the top of my list, as well. I would add that visiting Venice during the annual Carnival festival makes the experience even more special.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Something about seeing people in elaborate, colorful costumes with expressionless masks against the backdrop of Venetian architecture and canals is just a vision unmatched by anything else.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The vibe when walking the streets of Venice at any time of year is mystical and romantic, and then Carnival adds on an extra layer of fun and revelry. You don’t know what surprise awaits you when you turn the corner.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Back alleys are suddenly transformed into scenes from a movie.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Venice during Carnival feels like a party all day, all night. People in costumes pose and preen near all of the well-known sights during the day, while at night they walk in droves toward one of the many galas around town.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s not too early to start thinking about planning your trip to Venice during Carnival next year!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Have you been to Carnival in Venice? Or experienced any Carnival festivals around the world? Rio is on my wish list, and I hear Tobago does it up big, too!