14 Reasons You Must Visit Vibrant Venice for the Carnival

The Venice Carnival starts tomorrow, but this fabled city on the water has plenty to offer all year round.

1. See the original Carnival

Venice was already a tourist honeypot by the 18th century. But visitors were also drawn by the courtesans, gambling dens and the original carnival. The party atmosphere is brilliantly expressed in the paintings of Pietro Longhi and Gabriele Bella in two Venetian museums, the Querini Stampalia (querinistampalia.it) and the Ca’ Rezzonico museum (visitmuve.it).

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