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The Venice Carnival

Various locations, Venice
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Venice is a magical city, and at no time is this more true than during the two weeks leading up to Mardi Gras. During this time, the historical city celebrates the Carnival of Venice, a tradition first recorded over 700 years ago.

Ordinary Venice is exciting, but Venice during the Carnival is spellbinding. There’s a historically rich mixture of performance and dining, and, of course, the magnificent costumes, including the extravagant masks for which Venice is so famous.

If you have never had a romantic encounter in Venice, perhaps you will have an opportunity to learn why countless generations of impassioned lovers have exclaimed that romance in Venice is the best romance there is.

Imagine, for the entire Carnival the streets are filled with celebrants dressed in luxurious, festive garb. Experiencing Venice during the Carnival is like stepping back in time, with no modern buildings to spoil the illusion. One can wander the streets, taking in the costumes and street performances, or attend an evening party, an opera or concert, in one of the palaces or hotels accustomed to hosting royalty.

All of an evening you might experience walking up the stairs of a candlelit palace, expecting Casanova to make his advances; enjoying cocktails over the glimmering Grand Canal, abandoning your senses to pleasure; all while revealing your true identity only to carefully chosen intimates.

After all this extravagance perhaps your night is completed by a mysterious, romantic, moonlight tryst, leaving you entranced and breathless, ready to meet the whole experience again the following day.

The below list of Masquerade Balls will be updated as more events are confirmed.

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Autumn Minuet (“Minuetto d’autunno”)Dinner and dance
Celebrate the 1600 anniversary of the city of Venice!
Location: Ridotto Halls, hotel Monaco & Grand Canal
Dress code: period costume
2021 November 6

CARNIVAL DATES: February 19 to March 1, 2022

Minuetto at the Ridotto for the opening of the Venice carnival
Dress code: period costume
2022 February 12

New edition Carnival Extravaganza
Dress code: period costume
2022 February 19

Tiepolo Ball at Pisani Moretta Palace
Dress code: period costume
2022 February 12

End of Carnival Celebration
Dress code: period costume
2022 March 1