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Venice Debutante Grand Ball: A Night of Elegance, Culture, and Romance

Imagine stepping into a world where time stands still, where the grandeur of Venetian palaces meets the allure of timeless traditions. Picture yourself gliding across a ballroom floor, enveloped in the melodies of a live orchestra, and surrounded by the crème de la crème of society. Welcome to The Venice Debutante Grand Ball—an event that promises not just a night but an experience of a lifetime.

What is the Venice Debutante Grand Ball?
The Venice Debutante Grand Ball is a modern-day fairy tale rooted in rich Italian culture and history. Originating from the debutante balls of the 18th century, this event serves as a rite of passage for young men and women, marking their introduction into adult society. But don’t be mistaken; this isn’t just an event for the youth. It’s a celebration that invites everyone, from honeymooners and anniversary celebrants to families and friendship groups, to partake in its grandeur.

Why You Should Attend

For the Young and Young-at-Heart
The event offers different ticket options catering to various age groups and interests:
Biglietto Debuttante: For young men and women aged 15 to 26, this ticket offers a range of activities including dance rehearsals, a parade in Piazza San Marco, and even a gondola ride.
Biglietto Guest: Ideal for those above 26, this ticket allows you to experience the red carpet, aperitivo, and gala dinner among other activities.
Biglietto VIP: Enjoy all the activities available to Debutantes and Guests.

A Feast for the Senses

From the live performances by the dancers of Teatro Alla Scala di Milano to the melodious strains of the ChamberOrchestra4U, the event promises an auditory and visual spectacle.

A Night of Romance

Whether you’re celebrating an engagement, honeymoon, or a special anniversary, the Grand Ballo offers a unique setting for love to blossom.

The Itinerary

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Dance Rehearsal: Prepare for the Gran Ballo with a live orchestra.
Don your black skirt and white blouse (ladies) or your black suit and white shirt (gentlemen), and prepare to waltz the night away. This rehearsal ensures that you’re ready to dazzle on the big night.
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Coronation at Hotel Danieli: Begin your day with a royal touch.
Parade in Piazza San Marco: March through the heart of Venice, turning heads and capturing hearts.
A Sweet Stop at Gran Caffè Quadri: Enjoy a moment of serenity in the world’s most beautiful “living room,” Piazza San Marco.
Gondola Ride: Travel in style from Piazza San Marco to the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista.
Red Carpet, Aperitivo, and Gala Dinner: The night culminates in a grand celebration, complete with awards for the Queen and King of the Waltz.
Dance Performance by Teatro Alla Scala Ballerinas: Enjoy ballet and orchestral performances.
Gala Dinner: Indulge in a sumptuous Italian feast.
Awards: The night concludes with the crowning of the Queen and King of the Waltz.

Dress Code
For Rehearsals
Ladies: Black skirt, white blouse, and no rubber-soled shoes.
Gentlemen: Black suit, white shirt, and no rubber-soled shoes.
For the Grand Ball
Think white ball gowns, elbow-length gloves, and light-colored shoes. Your hair should be elegantly pinned up, and a white coat is essential for the parade and red carpet.
Gentlemen: A black tailcoat, white waistcoat, and white bow tie are the order of the day. Black leather shoes and socks are a must, and grooming is non-negotiable.
Costumes can be rented from Stefano Nicolao Atelier, Venice’s finest costumier.

The Venice Debutante Grand Ball is more than just a ball; it’s an experience, a journey through time and culture. It’s an opportunity to dress up, meet new people, and immerse yourself in the beauty and elegance that is quintessentially Italian. So why wait? Book your tickets now and step into a world of timeless elegance and romance.
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