Watch how a Carnevale mask is made by one of the last real Venetian artisans
While we were busy getting lost in Venice, we stumbled into a small workshop and studio where a Venetian mask maker was busy working away, crafting some bold and beautiful masks in the traditional way.
We interrupted them and got to know Margarita, one half of the married duo behind Mistero Buffo (www.misterobuffomask.com ). While Venice is flooded with cheap imitation masks made en masse in factories elsewhere, Margarita and her husband are some of the few trained Venetian mask makers left creating theatrical, decorative and Carnevale masks by hand, using traditional techniques and papier mâché.
Margerita told us each mask is unique and never replicated. She also told us that each mask takes several days to produce, due to the many steps involved in the process.
Margerita was kind enough to take a break from her mask making and show us, step by step, how a Venetian mask is made. Check out the video below!
Ever since wombat’s started expanding, Italy was high up on the bucket list. We’ll be opening wombat’s VENICE Mestre this summer and after 20 years in business wombat’s finally sets foot on Italian soil.
Carnival, masks, bridges, canals, gondolas and culture. Overcrowding, floods and high prices. Venice is a unique city, one that has a lot to offer and also a lot to deal with. It has been attracting travellers for hundreds of years and yet it still offers a lot to discover. Venice is definitely one of the destinations where avoiding the beaten path really pays off.
We can’t wait to finally open our wombat’s in this unique city.
As you know, style is at the fore of wombat’s, with a unique design of each hostel reflective of its cultural location. The interior of the new wombat’s is inspired by the city of bridges and the lagoon. By the contrast between the functionalism of a hostel and the opulence of this precious city. Breaking down the abundance of Venetian decor to its core and spreading the elements throughout the hostel. Be it the colours and shapes of the facades, the ornaments or the blue of the water, we want our new hostel to reflect the feel of Venice.
It will be nicely pepped up with graphic design elements inspired by the Italian futurism and decoration elements that honour the traditional role of Venice as the Mediterranean trade hub. We have a lot of love for Venice and we really want to show this in our hostel located just at the doorstep of this a great city.
Among all the lovely details there’s one thing that makes wombat’s special; The hostel atmosphere that we all love, travellers sharing not only a space, but an experience. Creating an authentic home away from home.
You’ll find no more than eight beds in a dorm. The spacious dorms and private rooms are decked out with modern interiors and ensuite bathrooms. Private locker boxes and key-card only access ensure extra security. Want to post that selfie? There’s decent Wi-Fi throughout the entire building. Run out of clean pants? There’s a self-service laundry. Starving or want to impress your roommates? Cook up a storm in the guest kitchen for self-made feasts. Hungover or need fuel for a Venice expedition? There’s an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet to fill yourself up. Not hungover yet? There’s a bar with happy hours for beer and cocktails.
We’re thrilled about the opening, but we are also well aware of our responsibility. Venice faces a huge problem with the overcrowding on the main islands and we’ll also bring in lots of travellers. That’s why we want to help our guests to open up for a more responsible tourism with respect for the cultural heritage of the city and the lagoon.
We want to embrace all possibilities to explore off the beaten paths and stay open for authentic experiences.
Our new hostel is not only inspired by Venice, it is also located just at its doorstep. Venezia-Mestre is the part of town that lays on the mainland and connects to the islands through Ponte della Libertá. Mestre is actually home to two thirds of the
population of Venice. Mestre is less a facade and more a very down to earth Italian city. In a way, even the Mestre also reflects that contrast between the opulent and the functional.
Nevertheless Mestre is also and foremost a traffic hub with an international train and bus station. From the main entrance of wombat’s you will find a pathway directly to the platform number one, where all trains to the islands stop.
More than just Venice
However, the proximity to the train station connects you to more than ‘just’ Venice. The charming cities of Treviso and Padova are also only 20 minutes away. If you would even consider to take a train ride of roughly an hour, you could reach gems such as Vicenza, Ferrara or Verona (home to the love story of Romeo and Juliet) for a day trip.
We have the feeling that this area will develope beautifully within the next couple of years and we’re happy to form part of this.
It is indeed a great alternative to staying on the islands, as all international trains and buses stop in here.