All you need to know about the spectacular Venice Carnival, 2018

 

BASIC INFORMATION

When: January 27 – February 13, 2018

Where: Venice, Italy

Official Event List: http://www.carnevale.venezia.it/eventi/?lang=en

 

The Carnival of Venice (Carnevale di Venezia) takes place 40 days before Easter, a final party before Ash Wednesday and the restrictions of Lent. It is celebrated with parades, masquerade balls, entertainment, music, and parties. The Venetian carnival is most famous for its distinctive masks.

 

HISTORY

The Carnival of Venice is said to start in 1162 to celebrate a victory of the Venice Republic against the Patriarch of Aquileia. The festival became official in the Renaissance and was very famous during the eighteenth century. However, under the rule of the Holy Roman Emperor and later King of Austria, Francis II, the festival was outlawed entirely in 1797 and the use of masks became strictly forbidden. After a long absence, the Carnival was brought to life in 1979. Since then, the Carnival has become a famous symbol of the “floating” city. And nowadays there are approximately 3 million visitors coming to Venice every year for it. It is a huge celebration that goes on for two weeks with many events going on.

 

THE VENETIAN MASKS

Masks have always been an important feature and a long tradition of the Carnival of Venice. The first documented sources mentioning the use of masks in Venice can be found as far back as the 13th century. By the time of the Renaissance, masks were a fixture of Carnevale celebrations. There are several distinct styles of mask that are worn in the Carnival of Venice. Traditionally, people with different occupations wore different masks.

 

WHAT TO DO IN VENICE?

Now that you know the basics of the Carnival of Venice and is ready to go. What can you do except for partying around during the Carnival? Or… what if you’re not around during the Carnival? Worry not, Venice has tons of fun activities to offer!

 

Gondola Experience in Venice

The most traditional, enchanting and unique way to explore Venice and experience its unique atmosphere! A tour through the canals and inner waterways of this city which will make you feel as stepping into a far, old time, still alive and pulsing in this magic corner of the Earth. Even better, enjoy a 30 Minutes Private Gondola Experience with your loved ones and only!

 

Murano & Burano Lagoon Islands Tour from Venice

A trip to Venice without visiting the gems of the lagoon: the glass island of Murano and the fishermen island of Burano is uncompleted. Murano Island is famous for its glass production and picturesque views. Burano Island, one the other hand, is famous for its colorful houses and apart from being a paradise for photography lovers, it is home to a long tradition of lace production.

 

Absolute Venice - Walking Tour, Doge's Palace & St Mark's Basilica Skip the Line

This tour combination is the right one for those who crave a full immersion into Venice and its everlasting symbols. A tour not only to see Venice but to experience this City through its history and glorious past, still shining in its historical sites and legendary characters. This walking tour will take you to the Doge’s Palace, Venice’s symbol and architectural masterpiece and the Basilica, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world!

 

Mystery Venice: Legends & Ghosts of Cannaregio District & Murder at The Palace: Detective for a 19th Century Night in Venice

Immerse yourself in the mysterious and magic atmosphere when twilight turns into darkness. Walk through hidden corners and quite places of Venice, Cannaregio districts, and learn about the anecdotes, legends and tales of this unique town.

Want something more exciting? How about get involved in a thrilling murder hunt that will travel you back in time to the Venice of the 19th century?

 

Wine Tasting in Venice

As what Henry VII said: "Wine is not only to drink, is to smell, observe, taste, sip and .... to talk about it ". Italy is one of the most important countries in the world for wine. Taste two excellent quality wines from Italy with cold cuts or “cicchetti”, the typical well-known small snacks normally served in Venetian Baari.

 

So what are you waiting for? Grab a mask and let's celebrate!