We have visited Venice in January for the past 10 years but never during Carnival. This year we will be in Venice during the Carnival. What is it like in Venice during Carnival. Is it difficult to move around, to get into restaurants? Comments would be greatly appreciated.
When I went to Carnival a number of years ago in February, it was very cold, though the days were sunny. Coat and glove weather. I was on a very small tour so I can't speak to restaurants. But some of the events on the Piazza San Marco, for instance the flight of the angel where a winged figure descends from the top of the bell tower, were so crowded it was impossible to move in part of the square. And the descent was not worth almost getting trampled. The costume parade in the Piazza was also very crowded and it was hard to see. The best times were just wandering around when no event was happening. The costumed ball and dinner we went to were mostly attended by tourists but getting dressed up was fun. Not to be missed however are the wonderful masked figures who pose all day long. Many of the female costumes are worn by men. We were told that many of them are actually hired to be there, but I don't know if this is true. The costumes were colorful, creative, and often outrageous. I still remember the two guys from California in 16th century costumes made almost entirely of bubble wrap. I don't know that I would go a second time except to take some pictures but it was worth it once. about 5 years ago