THE VENICE CARNIVAL: MASQUERADE BALLS AND EVENTS
Various locations, Venice
Tickets & Calendar of Events
Ordinary Venice is exciting, but Venice during the Carnival is spellbinding. Venice, a city already steeped in enchantment, transforms into a realm of absolute wonder during the two weeks leading up to Mardi Gras. This is when the Carnival of Venice, a tradition dating back over seven centuries, takes center stage. The city’s canals and cobblestone streets become the backdrop for a festival unlike any other, capturing the imagination of visitors and locals alike.
While Venice at any time of the year offers an exhilarating experience, the Carnival elevates this to a whole new level. The city becomes a living theater, where each corner reveals a new act. From opulent masquerade balls in historic palaces to spontaneous street performances, the Carnival offers a rich tapestry of experiences. And let’s not forget the iconic Venetian masks—works of art that conceal as much as they reveal, adding an extra layer of mystique to the festivities.
Romance takes on a new dimension during the Carnival. If you’ve never experienced love in Venice, this is your chance to understand why generations of lovers have declared Venetian romance to be unparalleled. The atmosphere is electric, filled with the promise of encounters that could change your life.
For the duration of the Carnival, Venice becomes a time capsule. Modernity takes a backseat, allowing the city’s rich history to come alive. 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.
As night falls, the city offers endless possibilities for adventure. Perhaps you’ll find yourself ascending a candlelit staircase, half-expecting to meet Casanova, or sipping cocktails as gondolas glide by, their reflections dancing on the water. And as the moon ascends, you may even find yourself in a secret romantic rendezvous, leaving you spellbound and eager for the next day’s escapades.
Our list of Masquerade Balls and events is continuously updated, ensuring you have the most current information for planning your Carnival experience.
For public events, see the official Venice Carnival website