Living Statues -- Ann Taylor: Noon - 8 p.m.; St. Mark's Square: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Gondolier March -- 9:50 a.m. and 4:20 p.m.
The Venetian Trio: An Evening of Musical Elegance -- St. Mark's Square: 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Ann Taylor: 6 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Carnevale di Venezia -- St. Mark's Square: Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Barney's New York: 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5 p.m. 5:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
If you haven't ever actually traveled to Italy or sat through an opera, Streetmosphere inside Venetian's Grand Canal Shoppes certainly comes close.
Take a break from shopping and get a taste of festive entertainment, both free and open to the public. From opera singers and entertainers like stilt walkers, dancers and "living statues," Streetmosphere whisks you to the heart of Italy.
Located in St. Mark's Square (in front of the Pandora store), "Carnevale di Venezia" plays throughout the day. If you arrive a few minutes early, you can buy gelato or coffee right by the stage. You'll also be guaranteed a good seat. The production is about 15 minutes long and includes Italian folk music and opera numbers. We guarantee you'll recognize a few of them, even though they're not in English. You can, however, sing along to the popular song, "That's Amore!" You'll definitely be belting out the chorus sometime after the show.
During "Carnevale di Venezia," the costumed performers also interact with the audience. For gals with their boyfriends, one of them may pull your sweetie up for a waltz. Kids can have fun interacting with the jugglers on stilts. After the show, you'll have a a chance to take a picture with the colorful troupe. Their elaborate costumes represent the Italian Renaissance period. "Carnevale di Venezia" also takes place next door, in front of Barney's New York at The Shoppes at the Palazzo.
See the "Living Statues" throughout the Grand Canal Shoppes, specifically in St. Mark's Square and in front of Ann Taylor. For a moment, you'll think these are actual statues. Painted and dressed all one color, they stand completely still and for a long time, too. You can't make them laugh or react to you, either. Trust us, we tried.
If you're here early in the morning or late in the afternoon, you're in for an extra treat. A parade of gondoliers march through the shoppes' cobblestone walkways, starting from the food court and stopping in St. Mark's Square.
-- Review by Jeannie Borbe