Carnival of Venice (Italy)
Of all the carnivals held in the world, the Carnival of Venice is by far the most elegant and undoubtedly the most sophisticated. It really is a two-week celebration of absolute, and very decadent, glamour. Ball gowns, frock coats, and beautifully stunning masks are the order of the day rather than your run of the mill fancy dress. When the parades take to the streets of Venice, there really is only one way they can do it and that’s by gondola. It’s a stunning spectacle that defies description and one you just can’t afford to miss. The dates change every year depending on when Easter falls. In 2020, the carnival will take place from February 8 to the 25th. (The expected dates for 2021 is February 6 to the 16th.) If you are indeed interested in attending the festival, many travel operators and agents do offer special packages and recommend that you book well in advance to avoid issues and assure the best availability.