We'll admit to having mixed feelings about the Carnevale di Venezia, which brings untold thousands of costume buffs, gawkers, and drinkers to Venice for about 10 days every winter. The costumes are impressive, and some of the events are fun, but today's annual extravanganza has more to do with tourist marketing than with community demand. (After the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797, over-the-top Carnival celebrations disappeared, and the tradition--which reflected the worst period of the Republic's decline--wasn't revived until business boosters launched the present-day Carnevale di Venezia in 1980.)
Every year, costume workshops and other business organize masked balls to rake in admission fees and encourage costume rentals. Here are two invitations or announcements that we've received this year, with minimal editing by us:
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Il Ballo della Signoria
Sublimidea in cooperation with Villa Foscarini Rossi is pleased to present you the new event of Venice Carnival 2011, the first masquerade ball of the Riviera del Brenta, IL BALLO DELLA SIGNORIA.
The magnificent Villa Foscarini Rossi in Stra, on the night of March 5th, 2011, will open its beautiful doors, will light candles to welcome its guests ..... you can experience the exclusive atmosphere of the magnificent eighteen century Venice Carnival with a served rich traditional menu and a maskerade ball on the sweet baroque notes ... but you can also experience a series of events staged by a cast of international artists that will surprise and entertain you until morning.
The villa is placed at approx 10 kms from Venice and is easily reachable by car directly inside, where a private parking will be reserved to the guests.
An atelier of costumes will be organized on site, where it will be possible to rent the costumes on the same day from 10 to 22 by appointment or even on the days earlier, always by appointment.
For further information, contact email@example.com.