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The world’s most decadent Carnival Ball!.
Venice Carnival is home to the largest and most famous Masked Ball. The Event has existed since the middle Ages, well before it beaame a pre-lenten Catholic festival. Carnival or Carnevale as it is known locally became an outlet for all things prohibited.
Today, party starts ten days before martedì grasso (Shrove Tuesday).St Mark’s Square is the fulcrum of Carnival activities, and that’s where you’ll find the most extraordinary costumes – many hoping for a chance in the best costume competition
The Volo dell’Angelo (“flight of the angel”), when a beauty pageant winner gets to ride a zip-wire from the campanile in St Mark’s square.
The search for the year’s best costume is the chance to strut your finery on the stage erected in St Mark’s square. A day’s best and a festival finest competition run side-by-side, with twice-a-day heats, from February 4; the grand finale for the festival best takes place on February 7. Don’t just be a tourist! At least grab yourself an authentic mask (not one made in Asia). You can also rent spectacular costumes from many of the local boutiques.
Many of the hotels and venues will host elaborate masked balls. These events are quite expensive and will be quite mixed. Topping the pile is the annual Gran Ballo della Cavalchina, a wild – and wildly expensive – extravaganza inside La Fenice opera house.
GETTING AROUND & GAY VENICE
The city is approximately 3 miles wide with the major sights concentrated in the neighborhoods of San Polo, across the Grand Canal from the train station; Dorsoduro a little further south; and San Marco to Dorsoduro’s west, again across the Grand Canal. But don’t worry, everyone gets lost. It is almost impossible to get to your destination in a straight line as Venice is riddled with dead ends and twisted passageways.
For nightlife, most gay visitors head off the island to Mestre, Venice’s mainland half, or nearby Padova (half an hour away) to party. Its worth nothing that Padova is also home to some of the loveliest wandering streets, gelato, and art in Italy.
Video Of Venice Carnival
Grand Opening of the Venice Carnival 2016- Official Video