Built on an archipelago of 118 islands formed by around 150 canals, Venice is one of the most popular destinations in the world. And that is because of one single reason: no person could ever resist the charm of this tiny little city in the Veneto region of Italy.

However, if you really want to experience the Venetian spirit to the fullest then you should definitely save the trip to Venice for the period between February 16th and March 5th this year – when you can move between the crowd undercover and still be undoubtedly elegant.

As you probably guessed, we are talking about the grandiose Venetian Carnival which first started back in 1162 in honor of the victory of the Republic of Venice against the Patriarch of Aquileia.

So here are some strong and valid reasons why you should attend it at least once in life:

Will take you back in time.

The Venetian Carnival is like a travel machine which is only available to the humankind for a few days of the year. It is impressively how the charming city of Venice transforms during those days to the point that you would even feel like if you have traveled back in time during the period of the Republic of Venice.  People wearing extravagant Venetian costumes and mysterious masks hiding their true identity and social status parading through the streets of Venice or riding the beautiful gondolas – just like centuries ago!

Make you feel like a real Venetian.

Have you ever asked yourself what it is like to be a real Venetian living on the shores of Venice? Well, the Venetian Carnival will definitely reveal to you that feeling. All you need to do is just to buy or rent some authentic hand-made Venetian mask and ride a gondola and all of sudden you would feel like Venice is the only place on the Earth where you truly belong.

Will give you a chance to attend a real masquerade ball.

The Mascheranda Grand Ball is one of the most authentic masquerade balls in the world. Taking place at the Palazzo Pisani Moretta with a spectacular view of the Grand Canal, this majestic masquerade ball is something you should not miss for anything in the world. Just imagine a crowd of spectacular mysterious costumes and masks dancing to the sounds of the classic Italian music while drinking original Tuscan wine – just like in a fairytale!

Will be your excuse to eat doughnuts as much as you want!

If you are sweet treats lover who is just looking for an excuse to eat treats as much as you want, the Venetian carnival could be the best excuse possible! In a time when everyone is partying surrounded by glamour and a place where some of the finest sweet treats are made – it’s justified to eat doughnuts as much as you want!

Will help you mix with the locals.

This magnificent spectacle will not only give you a one of a kind opportunity to feel like if you are a local, but also will help you mix with the actual locals. Just think about how fun it would be to establish a real, long-term friendship with some of the locals and be able to attend the carnival in a good company the next year as well.