Since the Carnival season is raging all over Europe this is the perfect time to visit Venice and admire the stunning Venetian masks. In this article, we take you on a top trip from Slovenia to Venice.
A short drive away …
No matter where in Slovenia you are staying at the moment, the city on the water is always just a couple of hours away. A day trip to Venice will surely be one of the top trips you take. If your starting point is in Ljubljana then the drive to Venice will take you less than three hours (keep in mind the traffic gets busier a few kilometers before you enter Venice). For those traveling with a budget, we recommend taking the bus from the main bus station in Ljubljana. The bus ticket range from 10 euros up. Taking the bus from Ljubljana to Venice will take some stress away as you won’t have to worry about paying a hefty parking ticket in Venice. Another way one can get to Venice from Slovenia is by train, which takes you directly to the main station in Venice, which will surely save you a few Euros for the water taxi you would have to take from the bus station to the city.
The best time to visit Venice …
Visiting Venice from Slovenia is a great idea for a trip no matter the season. However, we would recommend checking the water levels before embarking on the trip from Slovenia to Venice. The city on the water is known to have a high water/flooding season which usually lasts from November till March. Flooding can affect the lowest pars of the city, including the tourist hot spot of St. Mark’s Square. The high water usually lasts only for a few hours.
During the summer you can expect a different kind of flood. We are talking about the flood of tourists, especially during the weekends. We would advise you to visit Venice during the weekdays in the spring or autumn if you don’t want to be pushed and shoved on every tourist spot in Venice.
Looking for a unique experience while visiting Venice? Then look no further as now is the best time to take the trip from Slovenia to Venice. From the beginning of February till the end of the month spotting the Venetian masks won’t be hard. The carnival is just days away, however, you will be able to spot the famous Venetian masks strolling around Venice a couple of weeks in advance. The peak of the Venetian Carnival will be on the 25th of February and we can assure you that Venetian masks will be found in every corner or better yet on every bridge in Venice.
About the Venetian Carnival and masks
Just as Slovenia has its famous Kurents from Ptuj, Venice has its world-famous Venetian masks. If the Kurents in Slovenia are a bit wild, then the Venetian masks are among the most beautiful ones you will ever see. You will be shocked by the marvelous hand-painted masks you will see in Venice. The attention to detail and the stunning gowns will leave you in absolute ave.
Venetian masks are a centuries-old tradition. Besides being worn during the Venetian Carnival, they have been used on many different occasions in the past. One of the occasions was to hind one’s identity and social status. Venetian masks are characterized by their design, which features bright colors alongside the use of gold or silver. They are styled after the Baroque fashion.
TOP 10 things to do and see in Venice
Besides admiring the many Venetian Carnival masks, here are our top 5 things to do and see in Venice:
- Take the Gondola ride.
- Visit St. Mark’s Basilica located in the Piazza San Marco near the Grand Canal.
- Visit Ponte di Rialto – the most iconic bridge in Venice.
- Bridge of Sighs – one of the most viewed structures in the city and is an important historic landmark.
- Visit Murano and Burano islands – famous for its glass blowing and colorful glass.
- Visit Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute – the second most renowned church in Venice.
- Try the local food at the Rialto Market.
- Look at art pieces at the Peggy Guggenheim museum, make sure you don’t miss out on artists like Mondrian, Dali, Pollock, and Picasso.
- Every tow years the Venice Biennale takes place and fills the city with art from all over the world.
- Explore the city as Venice is a crazy maze of narrow streets and bridges. Make your exploration fun!
What are your favorite things to do in Venice? Let us know!
Slovenology – Living and traveling in the world’s best country, Noah Charney
Slovenology is part memoir, part essay collection, part travel writing, and part guidebook. It is meant to act as a guide-in-hand while visiting Slovenia, but it can be read just as well from the comfort of your own home to give you a deeper and more colorful sense of what it’s like to live in this remarkable, little-known country.