Don't miss the world's oldest known Carnival in Venice from February 12- 24, 2009. The magical city comes to life with colorful masks and pageantry, not to mention pranks and foolery. The Westin Europa and Regina
-- occupying a perch on Venice's Grand Canal facing the beautiful Baroque church of Santa Maria della Salute-- invites you to become a protagonist in the most surprising and suggestive party this winter's end with the "Venice by Mask" package. Comprised of five 18th and 19th century historic palaces (the oldest of which belonged to the illustrious Tiepolo family), the five-star hotel
is just steps away from St. Mark's Square. Bed down at this opulent Venetian hotel, decked out in marble and handmade Murano glass chandeliers, and enjoy daily buffet breakfast with your accommodations. With the package, you'll also get an afternoon tea of frittelle veneziane and hot chocolate (once per stay), a traditional Venetian mask, a 15 percent discount on costume rental from the Atelier Marega, a savings of 20 percent on meals and drinks purchased at La Cusina Restaurant and at Bar Tiepolo. Rates start from EUR 300 per room, per night. Keep in mind that if you book with Five Star Alliance, you'll get a free Venetian aperitif (one per person) and plate of Venetian "cicchetti" at Bar Tiepolo.
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