2006 - Il Carnevale di Venezia (The Venice Carnival)
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Anyone who knows Venice, knows about The Venice Carnival. Venice is the Italian 'Rio'!. It takes place the 2 weeks before Ash Wednesday every year and is a must for anyone visiting Italy during that period. The last few days are always the most eventful and also the most frequented by Italians and foreign tourists alike.
I left Imola early the last Sunday of the Carnival and got to Venice at about 11am. It was already jam-packed, but this is the one time of year that 'the-more-the-merrier' rule applies to this city of madness! Most come in costume or buy masks when they arrive. I had a pink glittery feathered mask from last year, so that was my contribution.
There are people who 'live' for this festival.
All the kids throw confetti on everyone they see and the older kids spray silly-string and shaving-foam. You can find the most delicious (and fatty) pastries and cakes being sold in every cafe and restaraunt and from stands on the busier streets. I'd recommend 'le sfrappole' and 'le castagnole'.
I met some Americans dressed as rabbits(?!!!) and some Brits dressed as corn-on-the-cob(?!!!!!!!). But the Italians stuck the the typical carnival dress of colourful, elaborate outfits complete with face hidding masks. Most people were more than happy to pose for photos, and were spending litterally hours just standing for snapping tourists. I was so glad that I was only wearing a mask and didn't cause much stir!
The only negative thing about carnival is that it's an open invitation for pick-pockets! You have to watch everything very closely as they will steal the eyes out of your head without you realizing it. I saw so many people in distress because of stolen wallets, camera ect...
I was finding confetti in every nook and cranny for days after but thats all part of the fun. But all-in-all, I will continue to come to Venice for Carnival for the rest of my life, I'm sure. There's nothing like it!!