The festive atmosphere during Carnival season in Venice is not one to be missed. We had been to Venice a few years previously around Christmastime and must say it is a completely different experience. Check out our photo diary below (with some dining suggestions as well). We’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
St. Mark’s Square was super crowded during Carnevale, but this added to the lively festivities. There are many people dressed in elaborate outfits complete with masks during the day. At night, their costumes against the backdrop of the gorgeous city really transforms the scenery into something you would see out of a screenplay.
WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Antiche Figure
Located right on the Grand Canal only a few minutes walk from the train station and the Vaporetto (Venice’s water bus system). This did not require carrying our luggage over many steps or bridges, and it was also quite easy (and enjoyable) to walk to all the main sights from here. The rooms are nice and spacious and the staff are welcoming.
MUST EAT AT: Da Mamo
This is undeniably the most amazing pizza we’ve ever had. We HIGHLY recommend the “Certosa” pizza, which has white truffle oil, porcini mushrooms, asiago, mozzarella di bufala, and smoked prosciutto. Be sure to make reservations in advance as this trattoria (tavern) is popular amongst both locals and tourists alike.
HAVE A SNACK AT: Acqua & Mais
Order from their take-away counter for made fresh to order fried seafood with polenta. So mouthwatering good you likely will want this again and again.
HAVE DRINKS AT: Caffe Florian
This iconic 1700’s style tea room with Neo-Baroque splendor is a fantastic place for drinks or snacks.