Each year, the Carnival of Venice attracts over 3 million visitors. Have you ever thought about visiting it yourself? Maybe you are worried that it will be too expensive? From Cottages to Castles, we would like you to think about it one more time!
There is no extra charge to be in Venice for the Carnival (although accommodation can be more expensive and gets booked up fast!). Tickets for some of the most exclusive parties start from 500€, but you don’t need to splash all the cash to be able to enjoy the glamour of the Carnival. Many of the most fascinating events are free, and we would suggest staying in one of the many villas and cottages available in the surrounded areas and reachable by train in around an hour. It will be cost-effective and less stressful, as you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the party AND some peace and quiet so you can sleep at night!
We recommend that, each day, you visit and linger around St Mark’s Square, where the most amazing costumes can be seen every year. The Volo dell’Angelo, one of the most well-known events, takes place on February 23rd. This year, organisers are hoping to bring some of the crowds away from St Mark’s and into the Arsenale. While not everybody has been happy about this change in tradition, we believe the Arsenale can also set a breathtakingly spectacular scene for some of the events scheduled for the next few days, which will surely deserve to be part of your to-see list.
Last but not least, do not forget to get your own mask! The Carnival is more fun when you are also taking part. While traditionally Venetians have preferred the plain white masks (called volto) you can get your own mask and go as extravagant and dramatic as you wish. Browse what’s on offer at some of the traditional mascarei of the city, hide your face and enjoy the Carnival of Venice 2014!
Read more in the official website!