Venice and the carnival
The bright colors, the magnificence of the fabrics and masks, have made the Venice Carnival one of the most famous and sumptuous in the world. This event is an example of Italian creativity and style and every year attracts tourists from all over to attend the spectacular parade.
The origins of Carnival go back to the 11th century, when the Venetian oligarchies granted the population a period of celebrations during which citizens wear masks and costumes, thus concealing their identity and any belonging to social classes. In 1296 the Serenissima declared a holiday the day before Lent, making the Carnival a public holiday. From that moment, schools and shops specialized in the production of masks and costumes arose in the city.
Venice, “gateway to the East”
The millennial relationship with the East has enriched Venetian culture and art, creating an open-air museum. Among so many beauties, it is difficult to find your way around. Here therefore, our advice for visiting.
• Undisputed symbol of the city, the Basilica of San Marco preserves priceless treasures. Among these, the refined mosaic decorations, which century after century capture the admiration of visitors.
• Millennial residence of the Doge, Palazzo Ducale is a masterpiece of Venetian Gothic. Today the Civic Museum is based there and hosts works of art created by the most important Italian Renaissance artists.
• Water is the best viewpoint of the city. A boat trip, therefore, along the Grand Canal, offers a unique view of the rich palaces built in Venetian Gothic style.
• The Rialto Bridge and the market of the homonymous district, are a must to experience the traditional Venetian atmosphere, and taste the typical dishes.
• In addition to treasures of ancient art, Venice hosts masterpieces of modern and contemporary art collected in the refined collection of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.