To: Tuesday, March 05, 2019
For centuries, visitors and tourists have flocked to the streets, the squares and Venice’s landmark- St. Mark’s Square– to enjoy its Carnival. A more select audience will participate in the sumptuous masquerade balls, including the most famous of them all, Il Ballo del Doge, reliving the splendor of the 1700’s, in the most renowned hotels in Venice and in historic buildings such as the Contarini Palace and Pisani Moretta Palace.
If you want to embrace the eighteenth-century atmosphere of Venice’s Carnival, I suggest you sip on hot chocolate (in costume of course) at the Florian café or the historic cafés of St. Mark’s Square.
All of Venice will become a giant stage ready to welcome its parading guests: those who want to capture the most beautiful masks in photographs, those who want to partially disguise by having their faces painted by the many street artists, and those who want to take on a complete new persona by getting in full costume.
Remember that strolling through Venice during this world- renowned festival will not be a simple task!
In anticipation of the multitude of people who will invade the city, the City can decide to limit the number of people entering St. Mark’s Square. This is part of the magic, but do your research first.
The Venice Carnival 2019 will officially begin in the Cannaregio Canal on Saturday, February 16th, with the Venetian Festival On the Water. On Sunday, February 17th at 11:00 am, the water parade, led by Venetian Rowing Association Voga alla Veneta, will sail along the Grand Canal where onlookers will watch these unique boats.
On February 23rd and 24th and from February 28th to March 5th, the Carnival will celebrate the art of music and various street performances throughout the streets and squares of Mestre. On February 24th, a large stage will be set up and the heart of the Carnival- St. Mark’s Square– will officially open.
It is impossible to describe all the events that will animate these two weeks so I will only describe the most spectacular: the Angel’s Flight or Il Volo dell’Angelo.
This event dates back to the middle of the 16th century, when a young Turkish acrobat walked across a rope from an anchored boat to St. Mark’s bell tower, with only the help of a barbell for balance. During his descent, he paid tribute to the Doge who was watching from the balcony of the Ducal Palace.
The enterprise was a huge success and was named the “Turkish Gully”. Over the years, it underwent variations until it became similar to what it is today- a winged-man dropped at great speed and suspended on a rope. Hence the name, the “Flight of the Angel”.
The flight turned into tragedy in 1759 when the acrobat crashed to the ground among a screaming crowd. From that moment, the man was replaced by a wooden dove and became the “Flight of the Dove”.
Since 2001, the “angel” acrobat is once again human and has been interpreted by various women who are secured with a metal cable as they descend from the bell tower.
In 2011, it was decided that the “angel” to take flight would be the young Venetian who had been crowned “Maria del Carnevale” the previous year.
I recommend reading more about the traditions of “Festa delle Marie” and the “Flight of the Angel” and remember to taste the galani and frittelle Carnival delicacies which are indulgently Venetian!
It is always advisable to consult the official website of the Venice Carnival
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