Venice Carnival is one of the most famous celebrations all over the world: these two weeks along the canals, the alleys and the squares of the city among masks, processions and balls where the absolute leading role is played by the traditional Venetian costumes. This year’s novelty is the Carnival prelude, since the first events will be held during the weekend from Saturday 19th February and Sunday 20th. Then, from Saturday the 26th to Sunday 8th March, the traditional festivity will be celebrated, with shows, concerts and performances. The theme of the 2011 edition is “Ottocento – da Senso a Sissi – La città delle donne” (“19th Century – from Sense to Sissi – The city of women”) and it will be hence focused on the Unification of Italy and on feminine sensuality in the 19th Century. Apart from the traditional “Volo dell’Angelo”, water and navigation, characteristic of Venetian life, will be particularly relevant this year with the rowboat parade held on the Canal Grande and which will end the kermis on the 8th March.
Milano Moda Donna
Milan Fashion Week, to be held from February 23rd to March 1st, is an event not to be missed for fashion addicts who want to discover the pret-à-porter trends of the season autumn-winter 2011-2012. On the runways of Milan Fashion Center you will see the creations of the most important Italian and International designers, such as Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada and Gucci. During the Milan Fashion Week a lot of events, glamour happenings will entertain all the tourists arrived to attend the show. The street in Milan Fashion district, from Via della Spiga to Via Montenapoleone, are crowded and in this occasion the most important shops prepare spectacular window fittings with the most fashionable clothing.
Valentine’s Day in Paris
In occasion of Valentine’s Day, Paris offers the most romantic atmosphere to celebrate the lovers festivity. On the love wall in Montmartre you will read the words “I love you” in over 300 languages, or you will have the opportunity to have a walk in the Bois de Boulogne, where Fauchon displays its sweets and chocolate creations, and where you will find the most innovative perfumes by Frédéric Malle. A trip on the bâteau mouche, the ferry boat of the Seine which offers romantic views of the city of love. But Paris offers weird ideas as well: you can spend the evening at the Pagode, a cinema in a Japanese pagoda with garden, or at the Crazy Horse Saloon, with ad hoc shows to entertain couples.