What to do at Venice Carnival 2023

If you are planning a trip to Venice at Carnival, here is a must-do list to make the most of this experience. 

Venice Carnival 2023, one of the world’s most popular festivals, is running from February 4th until February 21st, 2023.  

As usual, there is plenty to do, such as dressing up, being invited to a ball or visiting all the major tourist attractions. There are many other fun things to do at Carnival in Venice, here are some tips for you: 

  • Attending a classical music concert;
  • Visiting glassmakers on Murano Island;
  • Discovering a mask maker studio;
  • Joining a treasure hunt.

Classical music concert

Venice is famous for its classical music and opera. So much so that it was known as the Republic of Music in the Middle Ages, when it was just developing as a strong and powerful country. Venice has all the peculiar features of many port cities: everyone seems to be an amateur, a professional, a musician or a singer. 

If you are a classical music lover, a concert in Venice is definitely a must. 

The city can boast a long and rich history of classical music and here you’ll also find many venues to choose from. 

Whether you are looking for a small and intimate performance or a grand and lavish event, you’ll certainly find something to suit your taste. And last but not least, there can be no trip to Venice without attending a classical music concert. Listening to classical music, in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, is such a magical experience. So, if you are planning a trip to Venice, make sure you add a classical music concert to your travel plan. You won’t be sorry! 

Find out the Classical Music concerts in the heart of Venice, click here! 

Visit glassmakers on Murano Island

Venetians have been professional glassmakers for over 1500 years, it is long before they started celebrating Carnival, so they must be pretty good at it. When visiting the city for the Venice Carnival 2023, why don’t you take the water bus for a one-day trip to Murano, the home of glassmaking in Venice? 

There are several water buses leaving from many piers of the city to the island. Depending on your starting point, it may take you from 40 minutes to an hour to reach Murano. Some water buses also stop at the San Michele Cemetery Island, which is definitely worth taking a few shots of. 

Once you arrive in Murano, you can walk around the island and check out some of the local glass factories/studios, if you wish. But be careful, if you ask for a demonstration of their skills, they will try to sell you some of their excellent handicrafts! Depending on the day, there will also be events related to Carnival celebrations. 

Together with one of Venice's most famous artisans, you can create a work of art in glass! Click here!

Discover a mask maker studio

Mask makers are true artists and online reviews are real clashes depending on how they look good. Let’s say it depends on the day you visit them: you know how fickle and temperamental artists can be. 

But, if you are not overly sensitive, a visit to a mask maker’s studio is a must especially at Venice Carnival 2023. They will be working hard, but they may be in a better mood than usual since it’s Carnival time. 


Book a craft experience with a Carnival mask master for €57, click here! 

Treasure hunt in Venice

There are some crazy things to do at Venice Carnival 2023. There are obviously many things to do at Carnival, such as dressing up in the “Midnight in Venice” style, enjoying it like a Venetian from the 18th century and visiting places with an Easter or Lenten atmosphere. 




How about attending the traditional Carnival Balls in the historical palaces of Venice, dressed up as a Venetian noble person from the past? 

Take the chance to book one of the 6 spectacular events starting from €130, click here! 


Daring to check out local musicians and artists is also something fascinating and inspiring, so you'll have a better chance of winning the carnival game and photo contest by taking selfies and creating a better mask. 

Carnival Treasure Hunt from St. Mark’s Square, find out all of Venice’s secrets by playing a game for €24, click here! 

Carnival Treasure Hunt from Piazzale Roma, find out all of Venice’s hidden gems by playing a game for €24,click here!

Whatever you do at Venice Carnival 2023, we are sure you will have a great time! Have fun! 

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