Posted by Carter | Under European Festivals
Friday Jan 16, 2015
Inside the 2015 Venice Carnival
The Venice Carnival
The Carnival of Venice is a festival that is held every year in the city of Venice, Italy. This carnival typically ends on the date that Lent begins, which is forty days prior to Easter and it is traditionally believed that this carnival was begun in 1162. The people began to hold reunions and dance in San Marco Square in celebration of a political victory that occurred during that year. In the following ages, this festival evolved to become something much larger than when it started! It was 1797 when the jubilation was banned by the King of Austria during his rule but began to make a return centuries later in 1979 and the cultural legacy has been building ever since.
One of the most interesting traditions of the celebration that has continued as a main focus of the festival to this day is the donning of elaborate carnival masks. Originally made out of glass, the marvelous masks are generally constructed from leather and porcelain in the modern day but still evoke the same resplendence and sophisticated design. An important aspect of the carnival is La Maschera Piu Bella, a contest where the most beautiful mask is determined. The contest is judged, yearly, by international fashion and costume designers who visit Italy specifically for this honorary purpose!
Visiting the 2015 Venice Carnival
Because the streets and city itself are relatively small, Venice is a locale which is usually toured on foot. The main square can be accessed through narrow alleys that are between buildings all around the downtown area. Traveling on foot is one of the best ways to see the city because you get the opportunity to explore things which are off the beaten path. Many locals tend to stay around the small squares in the city, which make lovely places to grab a lunch or sip some espresso at one of the many street cafes.
Venice is a series of islands, at its core. They are connected by bridges and are separated by lagoons and canals. Comfortable shoes are a clothing item that cannot be ignored. The Rialto Bridge is one of the largest and most beautiful bridges in the entire city. It is also an extremely popular attraction for visitors and has shops on both sides, but be wary that many of these shops cater to tourists with low quality and high priced items; shopping is best done on less crowded side streets away from big tourist attractions. Venice is a city that can be hard to travel around without getting lost, but you’ll be able to navigate with confidence when you take advantage of a free portable GPS for your trip!
The Best Way to Get Around Italy
While you could utilize public transportation to get to the city itself, you’ll appreciate the added freedom you’ll find with your own car rental and you might be surprised by how much money you can save, too! Renting a car is simply more convenient than waiting on taxi cabs or buses and with all of the great rental deals and specials from Kemwel you’ll have plenty of capital left over for the rest of your trip. Pick up your vehicle at a myriad of convenient locations, from the Venice Marco Polo Airport to the Santa Lucia train station to local rental offices downtown, and embark on an exploration of Europe that you won’t soon forget!