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Top Travel Destination Venice - Enjoy a Visit to Venice Carnival

Updated on April 12, 2012

Why Venice is Chosen?

When one thinks of Venice, what comes into our mind is a place full of life, love and adventures. Although Venice seems to be small, in real it is very vast. It comprises of 118 islands which are together called "Sestieri".

The climate in Venice is one of the most important factors of concern. Visiting Venice during summer is not a right choice as it is very hot and humid. But Spring and fall are one of the best times to visit as the climate is very pleasant and all the streets are filled with tourists. What excites tourists is the fact that there are no vehicles and hence the place is pollution free.

Venice Carnival Masks

Venice Carnival Masks
Venice Carnival Masks

Destinations in Venice

Acqua alta (high water) has become a fact of life in Venice. The streets get flooded usually during the cold seasons as the water levels rise. Normally, the tide rises and falls in six-hour cycles. The Aqua alta map is available at the tourist offices either at the railway station or St Marks, which will usually help you to view the higher, dry routes and the ones with walkways that have risen due to the floods.

Rialto vaporetto piers have a tide measuring station which helps measure the tide level and a notice board at the base of the Campanile in the Piazza San Marco which shows the live tide reading and predictions for the next few days.

Venice’s major waterway, the Grand Canal (Canalazzo), is well known as it divides the city with sestieri to the west and east of it. This is the core of Venice where all the action takes place. One of the most significant festivals of Venice is the Carnival of Venice, which is an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival starts 58 days before Easter and ends on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.

Carnival of Venice -Most Significant Festivals of Venice

The origin of the Carnival of Venice was from a victory of the "Repubblica della Serenissima", which is Venice previous name, in the year 1162. To honor this big event, the people started to dance and make reunions in San Marco Square. After a long absence, the carnival again began to operate in the year 1979 which was decided by the Italian government. It was decided so as to bring back the history and culture of Venice.

Present day, Venice carnival is witnessed approximately 3,000,000 tourists and natives at Venice. During the last week of the Carnival, a contest for the best mask is conducted, where a jury of international costume and fashion designers votes for "La Maschera piu bella".

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