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5 Reasons to Go to the Venice Carnival at Least Once in a Lifetime

A centuries-old extravaganza of masked balls, exotic costumes, parades, concerts and glitzy dinners, Venice Carnival lights up the city’s historic canals, squares and narrow streets for 10 days beginning two Fridays before Ash Wednesday and lasting until Fat Tuesday. Carnival attracts up to 3 million people each year, offering a chance to experience the Jewel of the Adriatic at its most thrilling. Watch processions of decorated boats and gondolas glide down the Grand Canal, dance the quadrille at a costume ball, attend high-end fashion shows, take in the glory of awe-inspiring fireworks or jump into a freewheeling parade. The best way to experience this incredible citywide event is to pop on a mask yourself and roam the streets. Like hotels near Venice Carnival, the best costumes book up quickly, so reserve dress-up attire ahead if you plan on ball-hopping. Last-minute outfits can be found at Campo Santo Stefano, where artisan mask-makers and costume workshops have set up a little market for one-stop shopping.

Venice and Venice Carnival – Not-to-be-Missed Highlights

Offering locals and visitors a chance to unleash their imaginations, Venice Carnival is renowned for its incredible masks and elaborate costumes. Visitors who wish to take part in the festivities can buy or rent ornate costumes, which can range from traditional baroque dress to Egyptian-themed attire and wild headdresses of all sorts. Pay to attend any of a stunning slate of elegant balls or just check posted schedules of free performances and join the throngs of costumed revelers in street parades. Carnival’s most famous event, the elegant costumed Gran Ballo delle Maschere, or Doge’s Ball, is held at a different venue each year, usually a grand historic palace. If you need a break from all the excitement, you’ll love wandering Venice’s labyrinthine alleys, floating through picturesque canals in a gondola or exploring museums and churches brimming with masterpieces of medieval and Renaissance art. We can help you find boutique or luxury hotels near Venice Carnival that will you put you just steps from the drama and romance of this canal-laced city in its most exciting season.

How to Arrive and Where to Stay for Venice Carnival

Events are centreed mainly in the area of the Piazza San Marco in Venice’s historic centre, so to be close to the heart of the action, reserve hotels near Venice Carnival as early as possible. Book carnival accommodation near the Piazza San Marco and you’ll be steps from the Saturday opening procession, medieval football matches, costume parades and colorful street performances. There are a number of top-rated boutique and luxury hotels for Venice Carnival in this district, several of which hold their own masked balls. Prices tend to be high during this popular event, but more reasonably priced carnival accommodation may be found if you book a room outside the historic centre. Public transport to the city centre is convenient and efficient, and you’ll find plenty of festivities in other districts. The astonishing grand finale fireworks are visible from anywhere in the city. For better deals on carnival food and accommodation, book a Venice Carnival hotel room for the Wednesday through Saturday prior to the event. You’ll find free entertainment and throngs of costumed characters already roaming the streets, giving you a jump-start on the festivities before the crowds descend.

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