The Venice Carnevale is renowned as one of Europe’s grandest, most opulent parties – There was no way Bus2alps was going to pass that up. The response to Venice Carnevale was massive, over 200 students signed up, and anticipation was running high. The weather did not dampen the student’s spirits and all in all it turned out to be one of our biggest, fun filled day trips.
The Venice Carnevale has been running for an eternity and basically began as a way to blur the boundaries of class. It provided everyone with a chance to let their hair down, regardless of their social status and all manner of Europeans flocked here to get their party on. Centuries on the basic hedonistic premise of the carnevale remains unchanged and masquerading in elegant masks is still a requirement. On arrival to Venice, masks, silly string and wine were purchased, then it’s all aboard the water taxis. Next stop – Carnevale!
As soon as the boat docks at the port everyone disperses. Revellers are everywhere and packs of students break off to do their own thing. Some head straight into the cobblestone laneways of Venice, the thumping music and mysterious party goers have proved to alluring. Others opt to gradually work their way into the madness, starting out with a relaxed lunch on the glass blowing island of Murano. Those who make the trek to the other island of Burano are not disappointed. The quaint colourful houses and winding canals provide stunning photo opportunities and it feels like stepping back in time.
Following a long lunch the sun begins to set and it’s time for the main party. By now the festa has gotten into full swing and DJs, rock bands and buskers magically materialize in every piazza. Those attending the 300 Euro masquerade balls now wander through the streets as if on a cat walk. Their elegant costumes hark back to a time when Victorian fashion was at its most decadent and they are more than happy to pose for photos.
The rain seems to know there a party on and decides to disappear. Down by the Ponte Rialto everyone is rocking out to the sounds of an Italian cover band who I swear could give AC/DC a run for their money. The next few hours see people meander through the streets, dancing and refuelling at the many pubs on offer.
Before we know it, the party is over and it’s time to head back home. The beauty of the trip is that Bus2alps whisks everyone away to their warm beds. Why stay in Venice and pay for overpriced accommodation when home is but a bus ride away? It’s been an awesome day trip at the Venice Carnevale and everyone seems more than content. Memories were made and good times had by all.
Will Bus2alps do Carnevale again in 2011? We’re totally already there.