Dressing up in scary costumes to frighten the locals
Carnival is all about dressing up and wearing elegant costumes. But, you don’t have to dress up in the old school Venetian, elegant, (kind of expensive) costumes. If you want to you could make (or just buy) a little mask, which would do the trick, or, you could also dress up in a “regular” costume. This is totally allowed, and even some locals do it, so you won’t look like a “complete tourist”.
Napoleon banned the festival when he conquered Venice in 1797, so if you dressed up as the little dictator you could scare some of the locals who remember how evil he was to forbid their beloved festival! The Venetian Carnivaldidn’t actually return until the late 1970s, but now it is back in full swing every year before Lent. Another costume idea for scaring the local Venetians could be Attila the Hun who was the one who chased all the Venetians into their Lagoon in the first place!
Venetian Carnival Delicacy
You could say the the Venetian Carnival gets its reputation for decadence from the 18th century when all the local Venetians partied like absolute crazy for half the year. So, if you overindulge for a few days nobody can complain, right? Besides going decadent is one of the most fun things to do in Venice during the Venetian Carnival! First of all, you should definitely eat too much frittella and galani which are local Venetian specialities.
Another great thing to eat too much of is, meat, lots of meat. Actually, the carnevale means goodbye to meat, which people do not eat during Lent (or didn’t use to anyway). So, we highly recommend stuffing your face with as much meat as possible. Another fun thing the locals do during Carnival is to go on pub crawls– yes, that’s actually a thing in Venice during Carnival!