Masked Ball In Venice

You’ve never seen Venice quite this colorful! Masks, costumes, confetti, music... in short, a spectacle. Carnival is starting.

City of canals on the Adriatic, Venice and her fairy tale atmosphere have already begun the countdown to Carnival. The theme of this year’s fest from February 6th to 16th is ‘Sensation: 6 zones, 6 feelings’. The history of Carnival, which transforms the city into a giant masked ball for ten straight days, goes back to the 11th century. Celebrated for two months in the early years, Carnival fell out of favor in the 18th century due to economic problems. When it was revived in 1979, so great was the interest that access to the city had to be restricted to deal with the enormous crowds. Donning masks, colorful capes and fabulous costumes, Carnival-goers today re-enact ancient duels in the city’s misty streets to the accompaniment of haunting melodies and a constant rain of confetti. Kicking off at 9 p.m. Saturday, February 6, with street theater and spectacular shows on St. Mark’s Square, Carnival this year has a program chock full of delights. A tango night, fire and light shows, street theater, open-air parties and re-enactments of historical events are just some of the treats Carnival has in store. One of the special surprises of this year’s festival is the Drag Queen Costume Beauty Contest on the night of Saturday, February 12th. What do you say? Isn’t it worth reserving a ticket right away to be a part of this wonderful world of dreams?