Venice Carnival Accommodation
The Venice Carnival is an event like no other, and since there’s an expectation each year to surpass that which has gone before, 2014 promises to be the liveliest yet. For two weeks in February, the pre-Lent festival sees this most charming of Italian cities come alive, with innumerable parades, costume balls, outdoor concerts, feasts and carnivals. If such revelry sounds right up your street, it’s time to pack your suitcase and pick up a mask and costume. Of course, it’s not all about tripping the light fantastic – by day there are numerous historical tours to choose from, allowing you to soak up the Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance architecture while learning a thing or two!
Venice Carnival: top five destinationsHotel rooms are hard to come by during the festivities, which get under way on February 15 and end on March 4; but private accommodation is abundant, and easily found by browsing HomeAway. With over 1,400 holiday rentals throughout the city, and everything from villas to apartments, you’re sure to find Venice carnival accommodation within your budget.
Venice Carnival accommodation in Castello
Located just east of San Marco Square, a primary focal point of the carnival during its festivities, Castello is one of the oldest parts of the city. Home to glorious churches like the San Pietro di Castello, as well as the famous Arsenale ship-building yards and the capacious Public Gardens, this is one the best locales from which to enjoy the endless parties. Just as well we have over 300 Castello holiday lets!
Venice Carnival accommodation in Cannaregio
The festival opens on Saturday February 15 with the epic ‘Festa Veneziana’ on the banks of Cannaregio. Music, fun and a dizzying number of ‘fantastic creatures’ are expected, with the event kicking off from 6pm. Don’t worry if you miss the initiation, though – the big water parade will be held on the Sunday, with various rafts easing along the Canal Grande and traditional food stalls along the banks aplenty. Away from the carnival, Canareggio is a bastion of old world Venice, its shops, bars and restaurants offering a slice of quintessential Venetian life.
Venice Carnival accommodation in Dorsoduro
No one has a bad thing to say about Dorsoduro, and it’s easy to see why. Sure, the carnival events take place elsewhere, but this sestiere is close enough to let you plug into the action when you desire. Art lovers will be in their element, as there are two world-class galleries to explore – the Galleria dell’Accademia and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Away from the paintings, the Accademia Bridge is a great spot to people watch: there’s no shortage of alleyways rich in cafés, and open-air boats hawking everything from fish to flowers..
Venice Carnival accommodation in San Marco
Is there a better place to enjoy the Venice Carnival than San Marco? Whether you’ve got a ticket for the crowning ceremony at the Festa della Marie, or are planning to soak up the atmosphere at the Best Masked Costume Contest, you’re sure to experience the finest the carnival has to offer. The latter event is a highlight, with no end of street artists exhibiting their talents; you can throw on a cape and eye mask and get involved every day from Feb 22 until March 4.
Venice Carnival accommodation in San Polo
With around 150 apartments and holiday homes in San Polo, your accommodation needn’t be a concern – just make sure you don’t miss any of the carnival events in the area. Like the various puppet shows or the skating rink in the centre of Campo San Polo, open daily from Feb 15. Less crowded than San Marco, the community is famous for its charming back streets, ancient churches and quiet canals; don’t miss the Church of San Giacomo di Rialto, thought to be the oldest in Venice.