The famous Venice Carnival celebrating the end of winter each year will take place next year Between February 13 and 24 2009. The theme of the upcoming festival will be “The Six Senses”. New for next year is the planned transformation of St. Mark’s Square into an open-air drawing room decorated with scenes that will recall Renaissance-style gardens. As an addition to the existing regular events and balls, visitors will be able to enjoy avant-garde street theatre shows. Tickets should be booked well in advance since both hotel and ball performances are mostly sold out. Click here for Venetian festival packages.