24 Hours in Venice Italy During “Carnevale”

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We loved the romantic gondolas navigating the Grand Canal and the baroque architecture of Venice, Italy. But because our trip coincided with Carnevale di Venezia, the costumes were definitely the main attraction.

Even though the February weather was cool and damp, it was a small sacrifice to experience the surreal world of Venice Italy during Carnevale.

Begin your Italian adventure with these essential Italy tips and guide, perfect for experiencing Carnevale and beyond.


Visiting Venice Italy During Carnevale

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Take a Romantic Cruise on the Grand Canal in a Gondola

Venice is a car-free city, but you can rent a car in Venice so you can explore the wider area. One of the best ways to get around inside of Venice is by taking a water taxi or a romantic gondola.

Here’s what that can be like.

Gondola ride on the Grand Canal in Venice Italy
Beautiful Venice, Italy. Even an overcast day was picturesque.
Gondola on the Grand Canal in Venice Italy
The simple curves of the gondola reminded me of the waves themselves.
 
Gondolas in a row on the Grand Canal in Venice Italy
Along the piers, a row of gondolas awaited.
Gondola on the Grand Canal in Venice Italy
This gold and red gondola seemed suitable for royalty. (Now that’s traveling in style!)
Man on Gondola on the Grand Canal in Venice Italy
A dapper gondolier ushered one of many flat-bottomed boats through the Canal Grande with ease.
Gondola passing under bridge on the Grand Canal in Venice Italy
Seriously, what could be more romantic than a gondola ride through Venice, Italy?

Admire Beautiful Baroque Architecture in Venice

Architecture along the Grand Canal in Venice Italy
There was no shortage of architectural beauty along the Grand Canal or throughout Venice.
Our Lady of Health Cathedral in Venice Italy
Behold, the beautiful baroque exterior of Santa Maria della Salute (Our Lady of Health). Salute!
Ancient brick work in Venice Italy
Layers of paint and resurfacing eroded to reveal textures of years gone by. If only walls could talk…

Experience Saint Mark’s Square

Saint Mark's Cathedral in Venice Italy
Saint Mark’s Cathedral was as ornate as cake frosting…such amazing craftsmanship!
The clocktower in Saint Marks Square, Venice Italy
The Lion of Saint Mark overlooked the Piazza San Marco from high up on the clock tower, a Renaissance artifact filled with meaningful symbols. (Do you recognize it from the Da Vinci Code movie sequel, Inferno starring Tom Hanks?)
Friendly pigeons land on a tourist in Saint Marks Square
Friendly pigeons surprised a visitor to St. Mark’s Square!

Find Delicious Italian Food to Eat in Venice

Italian Pastry in Venice Italy
This is the best kind of window shopping as far as I’m concerned…decisions, decisions.
Classic Italian outdoor cafe in Venice Italy
Al fresco dining was a welcome option after a tour of the area by foot.
Salami sandwich in Saint Mark's Square Venice Italy
Delicious sandwich combinations on fresh-made ciabatta made a satisfying lunch. This one is pancetta, pickles, and provolone. Yum! (Related Article: Authentic Tuscan Cuisine)

Be Wowed by Costumes in Venice Italy During Carnevale!

Red and Black Mask in Venice Italy during Carnevale
Colorful masks were everywhere in Venice. This one’s a bit sinister!
Woman with blue hair in Mask in Venice Italy during Carnevale
This mysterious woman wore an ornate mask and jewels that compliment her beauty. (Related Article: Fashionable Florence)
Red and Black Masquerade in Venice Italy during Carnevale
An interesting character at Carnevale di Venezia was guarding…his heart?
White and Gold Mask in Venice Italy during Carnevale
Completely hidden beneath gold and white, this masquerader remained an elegant mystery.
Matching Purple Masquerades in Venice Italy during Carnevale
These two colorful Carnevale enthusiasts reminded me of Mad Hatters.
Masquerade with Butterflies on Hat in Venice Italy during Carnevale
Butterflies in whimsical motion adorned this colorful costume.
 
Woman in Blue Costume in Venice Italy during Carnevale
Finally, the woman in blue. She was just stunning! Carnevale in Venice Italy…you gotta try it. It’s surreal!

Where to Stay in Venice, Italy (Interactive Map)

If you’ll be exploring Venice and want to stay overnight, book convenient accommodations nearby. It’s a good idea to compare popular hotel booking platforms like booking.com, expedia.com, and hotels.com to get the best deals.

Or, you can use this full-featured interactive map to hone in on your preferences.

Tip: You can adjust the dates, budget, and filters, as well as zoom in/zoom out to narrow down your options. Adjust the filters to explore tours, restaurants, and other attractions here, too!

Decide Which is Your Favorite Costume

I’d love to know which costume is your favorite. Let me know in the comments, below.

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Jackie Gately at the beach


About the Author: Jackie Gately

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28 thoughts on “24 Hours in Venice Italy During “Carnevale””

  1. What a great time! I would love to experience this in Venice one day – all the masks look so beautiful! Too bad they had to cancel some of it this year!

  2. I would love to visit Venice during carnival. So sad that they are stopping it this year because of the coronoavirus. I learnt a lot about what all the masks mean when I was last in Venice. So interesting. I think the butterfly costume is my favourite.

    • That is so sad, Angela… I would love to know the meanings behind the masks; I just loved admiring the creativity! The butterfly costume is a good one.

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