We all agreed that we want to see the Venice during the carnival AND after it, to be able to compare the impact that the carnival has on the city, so we decided to fly to Venice in the middle of it, on 18th of February and to fly back on 23rd. We chose these dates because they allow us to see both sides of Venice and the tickets on these particular dates were the cheapest. We will be flying from East Midlands airport to Venice-Treviso airport.
For accommodation we picked the Hotel Piave, which is on the mainland near Venice. The reason for picking this particular hotel was mainly the price. We decided to book a shared room for all three of us, because it was significantly cheaper than booking separate rooms. The hotel is in a good location, close to the train station. We will be able to go to the Venice itself by train, as the tickets are cheap and trains run every few minutes all day long.