Trueman Capote once said, “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go”. Built on a cluster of 118 small islands with 150 canals and small streams running through it, Venice is linked by bridges (about 400) for the people to commute. The city is located in the northeastern side of Italy on the swampy Venetian Lagoon, it is listed as the World Heritage site due to the beautiful architecture and artwork it possess. I will talk about the culture and festivals of Venice but it’s important to shed some light on the city’s fairy tale scenery and surroundings.
The history of the city dates back to the 10th century B.C, when it was historically named as the capital of the Republic of Italy. Over the period of time, Venice has been given different names like ‘The Floating City’, ‘The City of Canals’, ‘The City of Masks’ and ‘The City of Bridges’. The best way to explore the beauty and uniqueness of the city is to take the Grand Canal boat tour, where you will witness beautiful palaces, churches, parks and bridges. This two mile trip from railway station to San Marco will give you an introduction of the city and a general overview of how the city works. The Grand Canal or the Venetial canal is lined with major tourists attraction sights but there are some places which a lot of tourists couldn’t see because only small boats can access those places, so, to have the ultimate experience of the city, just jump in to any small boat operating in small canals and it will take you to the magical side of Venice.
This festival is the highlight of Venice’s social calendar as it spreads on 12 days. The carnival takes place in Piazza San Marco and it finishes forty days before Easter i.e on Shrove Tuesday. This extravagant festival is like a fancy dress party that signifies the approach of spring season and this festival matches Rio’s Carnival in all aspects. All you need to do is grab a mask and join this marathon masquerade party.
The carnival of Venice is being celebrated since the 15th century when private clubs were responsible for organising it. The carnival kicks off on Friday afternoon with a procession that goes through the streets of the city. Musical and theatrical performances are arranged in Piazza San Marco and several other locations on Saturday and Sunday. There are plenty of other things that goes throughout the festival where street performers attracts the visitors with their amazing performances in major squares. On the following Friday a Grand Masked Ball takes place on different locations within the city. The major event takes place at the Grand Palace where it is compulsory to have a proper costume and mask to dance. On Sunday, a procession of beautifully decorated boats in the Grand Canal takes place where the passengers are also required to wear masks.
Venice Film Festival
The film festival is the oldest international film festival which was founded in 1932. Venice film festival takes place on the Beach of Lido Island on the last weekend of august until the first week of September. This is a star- studded festival as artists and film celebrities from around the world comes to Venice. Different kinds of films and documentaries are shown to the audience and an award ceremony takes place at the end to encourage artists, directors and producers. Tickets of the event can be purchased from the website Venice film festival.
Venice’s social calendar is flooded with festivals and events that takes place almost every month. From the major art exhibition ‘Venice Biennale’ to 17th century old ‘Festa della Madonna della Salute’, the city is vibrant and radiates arts and culture from its astonishing architecture.
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