VENICE CARNIVAL FEBRUARY-MARCH
The world’s most famous carnival is a decadent display of extravagant costumes, intricate masks and energetic parades.
Its humble beginnings date back to 1296, when revellers wore masks in parody of the aristocracy. Now, the carnival lasts three weeks, with the most important events taking place between the last Thursday and the last Tuesday before Lent in Venice’s beating heart, Piazzo San Marco. Masks are mandatory at the palazzo parties that last through the night. Fancy dress not your thing? Graze on traditional friettelle Venezia, doughnuts filled with currants, cream and candied peel, in between the elaborate shows and parades. Be sure to arrive before 9am to guarantee a good view.