Oh RATS! — and we mean that in the most celebratory way possible because this Chinese New Year is the Year of the Rat. Every year, Las Vegas honors the Chinese New year in spectacular fashion with lush, ornate displays and colorful, exciting performances. So take a photographic journey through the city’s tip of the hat to the rodent that symbolizes the new Chinese New Year.
It’s easy, while enjoying The Venetian’s new art tour, to pretend you’ve been magically transported from a resort on the Las Vegas Strip to a famously canalled Italian city on the Adriatic Sea.
One minute, you’re standing on the (replicated) balcony of the Doge’s Palace, appreciating its distinctive Gothic architecture. The next, you’re gazing up at the (replicated) Campanile tower — where, in Venice, Galileo demonstrated his new telescope in 1609 — its majestic spire stretching into the clear winter sky.
Then there’s Marco.
Marco Ferrini, that is — your guide for this afternoon’s 90-minute tour. Originally from Italy, Marco has worked as a gondolier on The Venetian’s Grand Canal for 19 years. He comes armed with boundless enthusiasm, a boisterous laugh and a seemingly endless supply of fun facts.
It’s a fact, Jack — the Rat Pack is back. Permanently. And artistically.
The legacy of Vegas’ iconic quintet — the late Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford — has been immortalized in bronze with the placement of the new statue titled “Spin Baby.”