The Glamour of Venice’s Carnival

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Carnival is officially starting tomorrow but everybody is getting into the spirit of things, including the glamour granny. I think that the combination of Venice’s background with the historical costumes and unbelievable masks make for a carnival like no other in the world.

What’s more..everybody is at least wearing some piece of costume or a mask and walking around as if they do this every day of their life. I needed to try on my gown and mask for the opening ball and held my breath hoping I would fit into it. Just let me reveal a little secret: it takes no less than two ‘dressers’ to get into the hoop (and close it) and then to pull the dress over everything which is underneath.

My gown and mask

The Rialto Bridge

Her skirt is twice the size of mine

When I went outside at the foot of the Rialto Bridge it caused quite a stir. Many tourists who happened past stopped and took pictures.

Night is falling and out comes the ‘walking around’ mask. More and more costumes appear in the streets, alleys and piazzas of Venice, transforming the entire city into a theater stage.

Doge Palace as evening is falling

My walking around mask

The campanile at night

See for yourselves and enjoy.

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20 replies
  1. smcopywrite
    smcopywrite says:

    beautiful, how did you leave such a terrific vacation? seeing the pictures is wonderful so i cannot imagine actually being a part of such a wonderful festivity.

  2. Maureen
    Maureen says:

    What a fantastic time you must have had at the ball and the gown well it just speaks volumes.
    You get to some great places wish I was there with you. great.

  3. Rosanne Dingli
    Rosanne Dingli says:

    Ah – I have walked where you walk (but not dressed like that, may I add)!! I shall return, to stand upon the Rialto, buy a pair of coral earrings, and walk down to the market for a fresh fruit salad in a cup.

  4. Jillian
    Jillian says:

    Thanks for posting with pictures! Back in 2004 I was living in Florence. Couldn’t find any lodging so I took the afternoon train to Venice for Carnival and the 4:30 am train from Mestre back. Probably one of the most surreal and amazing nights of my life. I still look at my mask and sigh. I wish I had a costume like yours though! Have fun!!!!


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