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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.

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rfusillo Nov. 10, 2009 @ 8:43 a.m.

Alas, Gondolas, which are limited in their territories, do not go to that part of the Giudecca canal. A #2 vaporetto will. That 2 euro at Al Volo will buy a small slice of pizza or a cup of coffee if you don't sit. Hardly an average. There are 59,000 plus Venetians, each one of which knows for sure the best pizza in the city. Few of them, however, ever seem to eat them. I have not tried all of the possibilities and therefore can't name the best. Note -- the city is hip-deep in mask shops, most of them selling the same Chinese made masks -- many are cheaper than Carta Alta Laboratorio.

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or Nov. 11, 2009 @ 9:24 a.m.

I don't know about being the best pizza in Venice, but I like Ae Oche Pizzerie. Good pizzas, good beer and a friendly place. Lots of locals and tourists alike. And they have great pizza bianca.Right off the canal, easy to find. If that's too far, try Dagwoods on Main street, a couple blocks from the beach. Good NY style pizza.

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gofurry Nov. 10, 2009 @ 6:36 p.m.

The best pizza I ate over there in Venice was next to the open air fish market. I drank waaaay too much Chianti to remember the name, but I'd swim to there from here to get another piece. "Itsa' yummy."

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