You’re so excited, this is your first visit to Venice, Italy and you can’t wait to see it for yourself. You’ve only got one day to tour this amazing city and you start to ask yourself, what should I do? Where should I go? What’s worth seeing? If you’re starting to ask yourself these questions this post should help clear your head on the pros and cons of the tourist side of Venice.
Now, lets start with the one of most popular attraction of Venice: Carnivale. For those who don’t know, Carnivale is a celebration celebrated all through Venice for one week during the year. During this week everyone dresses up in costume, including a famous Venetian mask (for more information on this festival please see one of my previous posts). Weeks, even months before Carnivale hotels can be booked full, so it’s best to book your room nice and early if you want to get one, especially if you want a selection to choose from. That brings us to our next topic: where can you find a Venetian mask?
Venetian mask workshops can be found all throughout Venice. You can practically walk down any street to find one. They are very beautiful workshops, so even if you aren’t planning on buying a mask they would be worth a visit. All the walls are lined with hanging masks, it is quite a site to see. Just a little note, you can also buy costumes in mask shops too. Deeper into the shop you can see the workshop where all the masks were made. Often there is someone working on a mask in there and it is very interesting to watch. If you are familiar with the classic Comido Del Arte, you will be able to recognize the familiar masks sold in many of the shops.
And last, but not least, there is one more thing you must visit if you visit Venice: the close by island of Murano. Murano is famous for it’s glass industry. Now I’m not talking about the glass in your windows and eye glasses, I’m talking about the art of forming glass to make beautiful shapes and colors. It has taken years to prefect this art, and it is very interesting to watch (to learn more about Murano see my previous posts). Even if you don’t want to buy any glass figures you should visit one of the shops. It is just northwest of Venice and you can easily find a boat that will take you there.
I hope you have found this post helpful with your plans for visiting Venice, it really is a city you would never forget.