Want to relive 18th-century Venice? If you visit Venice along with thousands of other tourists during Carnival, you’ll experience one of the world’s irresistible attractions. Walkways are filled with crowds of mask-wearing characters headed to the next party.
The mysterious, beautiful Venetian mask, created by the “mascareria,” is a 300-year-old tradition. Take a boat to the San Basilio Vaperetto stop to visit Carta Alta Laboratorio. Watch artisans at work, making each mask by hand from start to finish.
At Campo Santa Margherita, you can shop for freshly baked olive bread, fish, fresh fruit, herbs and your choice of the best pizza in the city. Follow the college students to Pizza al Volo, with slices averaging 2 euros. Nightlife? Hang out at one of the hip cafes or bars until the early hours.
Located in a quiet area in Venice’s historic district, recently renovated Residenza Ca’ San Marco (Calle de le Balote), built in part of an ancient monastery near San Marco Square, offers air-conditioned double rooms from 60 Euros, including breakfast, wireless internet and friendly staff.