This is one of the reasons we go to Venice during the Carnival season!
Like other famous carnivals around the world, the Venice Carnival happens right before the beginning of the Christian tradition of Lent (the 40 days before Easter).
This carnival dates from 1162, but it was outlawed entirely by 1797. It made a small comeback in the 19th century, but it was actually in 1979 that the Italian government decided to bring the tradition front and centre.
The elaborate masks and costumes are reason enough to partake in the festivities of the Venice Carnival.
But we like taking things to a different level.
On our trip to Venice, you get the opportunity to join in a masked gala ball on board a magnificent galleon boat.
Here are a couple of snaps from the evening during our last trip:
Are you ready to party?