It’s that time of the year when the city of Venice once again transforms into a magical place of wonder and excitement. Yes, The Venice Carnival takes place from 3rd to 13th February 2024!
The word Carnival has Latin origins (carne levare, meaning to remove meat) and traditionally refers to the day after the revelry of Shrove Tuesday, when the period of abstinence and fasting known as Lent begins. In Venice however, it ends on Shrove Tuesday, and for the ten days beforehand the city is transformed into a dazzling stage of colour. Known for its elegant masks and costumes and vibrant energy, The Venice Carnival has a rich history that dates back to the 12th century, when it was a chance for the wealthy elite to show off their opulent costumes and masks.
Today, times have changed and more modern looks appear alongside the classic regalia. However, the fact remains that Venice’s unique streets and squares continue to be packed with thousands of tourists every year, filling the city with fun and light-heartedness.
Historically, the most popular masks were Harlequin, Pantaloon and Colombine – but there is more to Carnival than masks, a lot more.
During Carnival, all cake shops and bakeries make mouthwatering specialities which you can only get at this time of the year. Mostly sweet but savoury too, you are spoilt for choice with all kinds of treats to enjoy. Depending on the region you are in they have different names: crostoli, chiacchere, frittelle, castagnole or zeppole, but whatever they are called, they are delicious!
The Venice Carnival is a truly unique experience and I have many treasured memories which will last me a lifetime of both my time in Venice and celebrating the Carnival. If you get the chance to visit, I highly recommend you do.
Have you ever visited The Venice Carnival? I would love to hear about your experience.