Venice is a city that has always drawn me the same way that Paris does. Until June 25, 2017, you can virtually visit Venice during Carnaval at the musée Cognacq-Jay, a small but delightful museum in the Marais that always has engaging temporary exhibits.
In the 18th century, Venice had become marginal as a military power, but it compensated by becoming the center for celebrations for all of Europe. Through forty works of art, this exhibit brings to life what was going on in Venice based on four themes: music and dancing; opera and theatre; displays of power; and Carnaval’s contributions to Venice.
Sérénissime (say-ray-nee-seem) means “serene” when used in a title, such as son Altesse sérénissime, or “his Serene Highness.” It is also the nickname of Venice, alough I can’t imagine a less serene place to be than in Venice during Carnaval!