Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Venice for Carnival
By Antonella Ciancio
VENICE (Reuters) - Nestled on a gentle lagoon, Venice is a world treasure whose timeless beauty encourages all manner of excess - including the prices at Carnival time.
The rest of Italy and the euro zone may be tightening their belts as a result of a debt crisis, but visitors to Venice in the two weeks before Lent begins can still indulge in a whirlwind of masked parades, costume balls, parties, brunch with "cicchetti" and live entertainment.
Local correspondents help you to spend 48 hours at one of the world's most historic carnivals running until Feb 21. (www.carnevale.venezia.it/)
7 p.m. - Book in advance at one of the intimate bed & breakfasts that have sprung up in Venice in the past few years. The Campiello Zen offers rooms for 160-210 euros ($43,800) in a 16th century building in the quiet district of Santa Croce, close to the Rialto bridge.
8 p.m. - It can be difficult to find a good restaurant at affordable prices in Venice. The "Paradiso Perduto" in the Cannaregio neighborhood is a haunt for lovers of Venetian food and live music. Chet Baker and Keith Richards have performed there. For a calendar, check out their Facebook page(here)
10 a.m. - The easiest way to move around Venice is by waterborne buses. The functional ferries whisk visitors around one of the most fascinating waterways in the world, the Grand Canal, which attracts 24 million people every year. A ticket for 48 hours costs 39 euros, including a round trip to the Marco Polo airport. Continued...