A visit to the Lagoon for Venice Carnival 2015

Rosalba is from Pescara, and when, by chance, she finds herself catapulted to splendid Venice she cannot but be impressed, partly because this city where she’s spending a period away from the maddening normality of everyday married life, is far removed from the tourist stereotypes that surround the masterly Lagoon City. In a very tangible way, she experiences the “real” Venice that throbs in its “calli” (the typical Venetian streets) and its districts (the six divisions of the historic part of the city).

Pane e tulipani

“Pane e tulipani” – Licia Maglietta as Rosalba

In fact, the eyes of the director of “Bread and Tulips”, the film to which our introduction is dedicated, discover something of the purest essence of the City that was declared a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1979. The director’s eyes dig into the soul of a place that intoxicates and stuns us from our first sight of it. “Venice is like eating an entire box of liqueur chocolates all at once”, is how Truman Capote described the impact the Lagoon had on him.

Photo by flickr user Igor

Photo by flickr user Igor

The 118 islands that make up Venice are connected by more than 400 bridges, many of which are real masterpieces, to be admired during a tour of the city. To take in the wonderful Cà Venetian houses of the noble families, the best way is probably to walk the streets or take the public transport boat. One should always keep in mind, however, that in winter the weather may be particularly cold.

But it’s only at this time of the year that the lagoon rhymes with Carnival of Venice, whose inauguration is scheduled for January 31 along the Cannaregio Canal. A magnificent show starts from 6 pm entitled: “The magical banquet – A tale of food in Venice.” And after the opening show, on Sunday 1 February the Coordination of Venetian Rowing Clubs Associations water parade will set out from Punta della Dogana along the Canal Grande, to the popular Rio di Cannaregio, where it will row past a blaze of public thronged on the banks.

Here are our proposals to stay in Venice:

Photo by flickr user Frank Kovalchek

Photo by flickr user Frank Kovalchek

That’s just the beginning of a hectic program of events, including the not-to-be-missed Competition for the Most Beautiful Mask, or the Flight of the Eagle, before the “Svolo del Leon” concludes the Venice Carnival.

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