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Masks and Mystery at Venice Carnival in 2012

Another year is almost over, another carnival in Venice is ready to begin. In 2012, Venice Carnival will be held between February, 11th and February 21, of course, in Venice. Every visitor coming to Venice on the occasion of the carnival is interested in buying or renting a costume, mask, anything that would make him or her part of the great feast. However, you might be surprised to find out that not everybody wears a costume there. Some of these items are quite pricy, so many visitors and tourists just prefer to make their own costumes. Venice Carnival 2012 or Venetian Carnivale is again a celebration where not only parades are of great interests, but also the live music, dance performances and parties. Some of the shows and events at Venice Carnival in 2012 are Hot Chocolate, which will take place in an exclusivist cafe in St. Mark’s Square, Gala Dinner and Ball “Al Ridotto”, Dinner Dansante “Il Minuetto” or “Cotillon”. If you miss Venice Carnival next year, then don’t worry, you have enough time to plan your next visit in 2013 (between 2/12 February), in 2014 (22 February – 4 March) or in 2015 (between 7-17 February).

Masks at Venice Carnival 2012 - Source venicexplorer.net
Masks at Venice Carnival 2012 - Source venicexplorer.net


Venetian Carnivale 2012 - Costumes Parade - Source lh3.googleusercontent.com_
Venetian Carnivale 2012 - Costumes Parade - Source lh3.googleusercontent.com_


Venice Carnival 2012 - Source offthewallposters.com
Venice Carnival 2012 - Source offthewallposters.com

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Venice Carnival 2011 – Ottocento – Da Senso a Sissi

The beginning of Easter fasting is marked in Venice with the magic formula “Carni vale!”, that is “shedding” from the meat “sin”. Or in other words, it’s time for celebration, play and exhuberance, that is it’s time for the Venice Carnival! This year’s Venice Carnival lasts between 26th of February and 8th of March. However, tourists and local people could join the last weekend the “Festa Veneziana”, a kind of  “Carnival of Venice Preview”. This year the carnival will mark 150 years from the unification of Italy and will also celebrate the woman, who will be also celebrated worldwide on the 8th of March. OTTOCENTO – Da Senso a Sissi is the name of 2011′s Carnival of Venice with connection to Luchino Visconti’s film – “Senso”. So, the Carnival will mix togehter this year themes from history, culture, society and cinematography. On the 8th of March, the Carnival of Venice will end with a water parade, silently, along Grand Canale. The feast will take place almost everywhere – in San Marco Square, on the streets, in theatres, public buildings, all will be full of entertainers, such as musicians, dancers, actors and singers.


Inside the Venetian palaces, visitors will watch fancy-balls, where tourists will also join, if they pay an entrance ticket (between 50 Euro to 300-400 Euro/ person) and if they are properly dressed. If you don’t have this dressing code, then don’t worry, because masks and costumes can be found everywhere in Venice for sale or rent. One complete costume can cost up to 200 Euro per day. However, taking part in the Venice Carnival can cost you few Euro if you want to buy only a fancy mask, such as Moretta, Bauta or Gnaga.There are also free entrance shows in Venice, those taking place in San Marco Square, in open air. As a tip, if you live for instance in Maestre, in the neighborhood from Venice, then you’ll pay less for drinks and food. In Venice, everything tends to be more expensive, as you are closer to most important sightseeing.

Venice Carnival 2011 - OTTOCENTO – Da Senso a Sissi
Venice Carnival 2011 - OTTOCENTO – Da Senso a Sissi


For a great accommodation deal click here and you will find the best rates in Venice for the 2011 Carnival. Transportation is based mainly on gondolas or water taxis. However, if you are on a tight budget, don’t take gondolas, because this is the peak season and the ticket is very expensive. But, you can go by Vaporetto and Traghetto in order to reach the surrounding cities. If you want to benefit more from the Venetian atmosphere, it is highly recommended to go by feet. Don’t forget that during the Carnival of Venice there are very many tourists there and it tends to be overcrowded for a peaceful walking.
Carnival of Venice 2011 Costumes
Carnival of Venice 2011 Costumes

Venice Carnival

The Venetian Carnival, that was first released in 1296, is an unique mixture of tradition, entertainment, history and transgression in only one city – Venice. The carnival has always drawn very many visitors each year because it is the most important event celebrated here. Going back to its origins, we find out that the Carnival of Venice marks the transition from the cold winter to fresh spring, and due to this fact, everything looks like an illusion, making the poor people look powerful while wearing the specific masks and costumes. Last year’s carnival, that is in 2009, the celebration lasted for 9 days, from February 13 to 24 and it was called “Sensation, 6 senses for 6 districts” and it consisted of discovering the charming city together with its atmosphere, an invitation to immerse yourself fully into the emotional experience that only the Venice Carnival can give.

Carnival of Venice Costumes
Carnival of Venice Costumes
However, in the past, the carnival was much bigger that it is now and it included even fights and bear-baiting, bull-fights and secret assignations in gondolas. In its best period, the Carnival lasted from Christmas until Shrove Tuesday and it used to begin only when a government official granted the permission that all social status people may wear masks. Masks were worn by almost everybody: from beggars to nobleman. The program of the Venice Carnival is full of opportunities and fun for all ages, from the Contest for the best mask for children in St. Mark’s Square, to the musical programs provided by ALL MUSIC in Santa Margherita and the Medieval and seventh-century music Concerts in Campo San Barnaba, to the reenactment of historical parades at St. Mark. The richer you more »

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