about venice in words & pics, with and without my 9-year-old son
Great perspective! Why do you think it is overly scripted - is it too much of a tourist gimmick (and tourists from where) or some other reason?
I guess I just think of Carnevale as, traditionally, being all about spontaneity, Erin, but there's not really anything very spontaneous about the adult activities at Carnevale: they are all quite packaged and sold as such to people who come from out of town (from all over). Of course, when I hear about fights breaking out at Carnevale events or vandalism or other destructiveness from over-sized crowds I remind myself that perhaps "scriptedness" is not such a bad thing, after all.