Venice Carnival

2 Mar

Next week I’ll tell you all you need to know about Nice carnival and La Fête du citron (The Lemon festival) in Menton but for now I’d like to tell you about the Venice Carnival.

It’s a must for everybody living in the province of Veneto (even if I still have friends born here who not only have never been to any of these carnivals but are doing their best not to come anywhere near the place on these occasions) and, of course, you get to meet people from everywhere in the world. Everybody is friends with everybody, you drink, dance, chat, sing together and, if you’re lucky (or unlucky) you might even get to chance to puke together :).

What you get it’s an entire town gone mad, a two-week time in which you can break almost every social rule you’ve been taught. Transgressive is the Word.

Especially in the last days of the carnival it gets way too crowded for the tiny ca’ (lanes) of Venice. One can actually move only along one way streets and don’t try to do otherwise, you’ll remain stuck for a long while. People gather in piazzas and every piazza has its own party program: live concerts or just music of all types and genres, fireworks, different shows, you name it. Or you might get invited to one of the private parties, fancy masked ones, roof balls and the like.

Costumes are not compulsory but there are plenty of them and you can have fun just by watching the others and see what their imagination has come up with. What is compulsory though it’s the make-up: from very professional ones to self-made ones everybody has to have some flashy colours on their face. You can do it or have it done at home, on trains or pay one of the many street artists in Venice who, in just a few minutes and for only 5 euro, will be ready to make your face look more colourful than a pizza .

If you want to see it yourself but don’t feel like spending a fortune sleeping in Venice you can always book a room in one of the nearby towns:  Mestre, Padua, Chioggia will perfectly do the job.Try to check this site for more information.

I live in Padua and it takes only 1/2 hour and something like 3 euro to arrive in Venice by train,you don’t have to worry about parking and for these two weeks only, Trenitalia (the railways company) provides additional trains till late in the night (or early in the morning 😉 )

I’m not that much of a booze person, I’m more of a make-up person, I love getting all dressed-up for the occasion. Nonetheless, it’s better to have some alcohol running through your veins, it can get chilly during the February nights, even if dancing and jumping and screaming will do their part :).

For a more official approach you can take a look to:



3 Responses to “Venice Carnival”

  1. Chiara Maria March 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    I like!

  2. rudi.verago March 2, 2011 at 5:33 pm #


  3. Ancutza March 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    I love your makeup! Hope to see it(the carnival, not your makeup…or maybe both:)) the next year!

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