Monday, February 13, 2012

VENICE CARNIVAL 2012 (till 21 February)

The CarnivalRe-launched two decades ago, the Carnival was immediately regarded both in Italy and abroad as an event not to be missed.
Venice Carnival is steeped in history, charm and tradition: its inhabitants and tourists alike have taken a keen interest in it, thanks to its mix of transgression, art, history and culture in one of the most unique cities in the world.
During the ten days of Carnival leading up to Mardi Gras, Venice is a hive of activity and entertainment, from improvised street entertainment to performances put on by the organisers.
A central idea is chosen each year that is taken from various cultural or show-biz themes.
Saint Mark's Square remains the heart of Carnival, with its huge stage, although other events take place throughout the city, helping to avoid an excessive build-up of people in pedestrianised Venice.

HistoryThe Carnival has its roots in many traditions, from the Latin feast of Saturnalia to the Greek feast of Dionysian cults. The Venice Carnival lasted for a few months, with public festivities, private parties, fireworks, street entertainers, and this certainly helped to create the image of Venice as a city dedicated to pleasure.
Carnival in the 18th centuryDuring its final century of power appears concentrated on life's more exterior and frivolous pleasures. During this period Carnival, with its parties, entertainments, masks, theatres and public gaming house, became a tourist attraction for the whole of Europe.

The theatresVenice's theatre season was the richest in Europe thanks to the many theatres in the city: Sixteen theatres were active in the 17th century.The Goldoni Theatre and the historic Malibran Theatre take centre stage during the mixed bag of events. The Fenice reopened in 2003 offering first-class performances after the completion of lengthy and complex restoration.


The MasksDuring the last days of carnival the city teems with people in masks who happily invade streets and squares in search of fun and getting themselves noticed. It's possible to see every kind of costume, from static and icy 18th century noblewomen to the most inventive modern costumes.
Traditional sweetsThe traditional sweets of the Venice Carnival are Frittelle and Galani, which are symbols of the Carnival itself

Enrico ( - Casa del Miele - Bed and Breakfast Venezia Venice Venedig Venise Venecia (agriturismo, albergo, hotel, affittacamere, camere, alloggio, soggiorno, guesthouse, hostel, rooms)

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