The Italian City of Venice is every traveller’s dream destination. And visiting the city during the Venice Carnival ensures you see the beautiful city at its best. The carnival is an annual festival and ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, period before Easter. The festival is famous for its elaborate masks. The festival this year dates from January 31 to February 17 with the Mask contests starting from February 7.
Venice Carnival is a festival of good food, wine and conviviality. The festival is even referred to as “The World’s Most Delicious Festival”. There are literary, musical and theatrical events during the carnival. Thousands of tourists visit Venice to witness this extravaganza. On the streets you can find revelers dancing away to live music. People wearing elaborate costumes and masks hang all over the town and is an interesting experience. Street artists and singers entertain with songs and music being played from guitars and other musical instruments.
Grand Mask Balls
An interesting aspect about Venice Carnival is the Grand Mask Balls that happen during this time. There are quite a few of these namely Masheranda Grand Ball, Casanova Grand Ball, Serenissima Grand Ball and others.
Best location to witness the carnival
St Mark’s Square is the epicenter of all Carnival activities. You can spot most gorgeous costumes and most enthusiastic of revellers at this location.
The Venetian masks are made of leather, porcelain or by using some unique glass technique. These days the masks are more elaborate and are hand painted using natural feathers and gems for decoration. Interesting thing about masks is that there are different varieties of these masks worn during the carnival like Bauta, Columbina, Moretta, Volto and others. You too should get a mask of your own when attending the carnival. This will add to all the fun that you have here.
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