I had always wanted to visit Venice for Carnivale, so my 30th Birthday seemed like a good opportunity. We went for 4 days which is a good amount of time to leisurely soak in the city.
- Stay on the main island – most of the tourists leave after dark and you can really enjoy the atmosphere of the city. We stayed in a place called Ca’ Riccio a family run B&B in Cannaregio which is a great area to stay as you can walk back from restaurants and bars in the centre in about 10-15 mins.
- Avoid the Summer if you can – it’s just really crowded and hot in July and August
- Visit the Jewish Ghetto – filled with History and you get to see a different side to the great city’s history
One of my favourite things about Venice was the food. 2 of the best Italian restaurants I’ve ever been to (and I’m half Italian):
- Boccadoro – this fish restaurants is one of the few places we’ve reviewed as 5* on trip advisor. It’s more of an up market restaurant & food was exquisite. I’m not a massive fan of sea food and the idea of fish carpaccio certainly didn’t appeal – but I gave it a go and it was absolutely delicious. Great atmosphere and perfect for a special occasion.
- Osteria La Bottega ai Promessi Sposi – another 5* on tripadvisor for this one. Very different from the restaurant above as it’s low key, local and cheap. Great food, great atmosphere and all round winner really.
Thoughts on Carnevale:
Having been to Venice many times before, there is something special about seeing it in full carnival swing. People walking around in masked ball clothes is quite something to behold. However, the centre can be incredibly crowded and a bit overbearing. There are a lot of balls you can go to but we took a more chilled approach and stuck to the restaurants and bars!