Parades, masquerade balls, entertainment, music parties, children throwing confetti at each other, mischief & pranks. Do I hear it? It’s tempo di carnevale! And what a better place for this than Italy, where the most famous carnivals are held! “But I don’t have a mask”, I hear you sigh. Well don’t you worry. This trip is the perfect opportunity for you to get in the carnival spirit. VENEZIA: day 1 First thing to do on your arrival in Venice is to grab yourself a maschere, (a mask). This can be found in many shops in Venice. So, grab a mask & if you’re enthusiastic, go for the costume. Now that we’re all dressed up it’s time to make the best of the day! People are going to be wandering around in costumes, remember? You don’t want to be the only one in jeans and a hoody in the whiz of costumed characters, street performers, scheduled concerts and entertainment boat parades and food stalls. Venice is also an absolute gem for photos. “Where can I experience the carnival”? Everywhere around Venice there wil be carnevale events. However, the main events are centered around Piazza san Marco. Events are held in every sestiere, quarter of Venice. There are even gondola and boat parades along the Grand Canal and a mask parade in Piazza San Marco! Venice is the perfect place for your stunning photographs. If you wear a mask, you’ll need a stylish cloak – a tabarro. The traditional Venice style has recently been revived – try Monica at Calle Scaleter 2235, San Polo (monicadaniele.com). Then you’re ready to explore Venezia And what a better way to do so than by taking a ride? Your Italian experience will not be complete without either a gondola ride or the three islands excursion. Highlights Gondola Ride Remember that in Venice, unlike in most cities, there are no cars, no buses, no rickshaws or even bicycles. If you are exploring the city, you are doing it on foot. When the opportunity presents itself to let somebody else do the work,you will be grateful for it! You can simply not just travel to Italy but not take a gondola- that’s like visiting Paris without seeing the Eiffel tower! What you can expect: Usually, up to 6 people can go on a gondola. Why this is a good experience: This is the best way to experience Venice and its multiple canals. If you’re lucky you may even get a singing gondolier. This is a must-do to drive on the mythical boat for a romantic and exclusive ride only in Venice. A glimpse of the Morano, Borano, Troncello islands: This is an opportunity to discover three of the most beautiful islands in the Venetian Lagoon on a private, half-day tour aboard a typical Venetian motorboat. Murano: famous for the world’s finest blown glass Burano: be sure to visit the home of artisan lace makers and famous biscuits i Day 2 (morning) VERONA. Rise and shine at Verona! Are you a romantic? Then you are sure to fall in love with Verona! Here, you’ll find Juliet’s house. From Romeo and Juliet? Yes, that’s right! This was where Juliet Capulet, the protagonist from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is supposed to have lived! This is undoubtedly one of the most famous houses of Verona. Another point of interest directly linked to Shakespeare’s famous tragedy is the Basilica di San Zeno – a church where Romeo and Juliet got married. Dating back to the 4th century this basilica is an endless source of inspirations for art, architecture and history enthusiasts. No matter where you look, you’ll find numerous art pieces, centuries-old frescoes, statues of immeasurable value and much more. Whatever you do, you must try the Gnocchi! With the carnival Verona celebrates the event that marked the end of epidemic in 1660. Once a year, on the last Friday before Lent fast (different dates) , Verona celebrates its carnival that preserves an ancient tradition of more than 470 years. The event marks the end of epidemic that killed, in 1660, many of Verona’s residents in hunger and illness. Since its end Verona’s residents indicate, once a year, the end of the stuffer’s period by the distribution of Gnocchi to the people. So don’t go hungry, eat Gnocchi! To end the day, be sure to try out the italian gelato or try the torta di puina – a typical Veronese cake with ricotta cheese. DAY 2 (evening): MILAN The last destination of this trip! End the trip by visiting the Duomo. It is only the biggest one in Italy of course!! It is so impressive that it actually took 600 years just to be built. Be sure to get to the top- this is sure to make your day! Next, wander around the Grand Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II:. As you walk into the Grand Gallery, you might think you were stood inside the entrance hall to an opera house or palace – Not a shopping mall. But this is essentially what the Galleria is – An extremely opulent and extravagant indoor shopping area. Go to Piazza del Duomo- be sure to take pictures with all of those pigeons. As the saying goes, “Carnevale ogni scherzo vale” (anything goes at Carnevale)- meaning, be prepared for anything!