What things to do in Venice during Carnival 2020

One of the greatest festivals on earth, and certainly the most stylish one begins on 9th February and runs until 25th February - it is, of course, Venice Carnival 2020. As…

Venice Carnival Origins

The origin of Venice Carnival is still uncertain. What it is sure is that its initial affirmation is based on three specific moments: between religious celebrations and wars.

Three years: 1094, 1162, 1296. These are the historically documented year of the first period of development of Venice Carnival.

Venice and the Age of the Carnival myth

In the 18th century, in Venice,  ‘noblemen no longer wear their togas of office, the women have asses black from all the pinches they get: there is enough joking and luxury you can’t image: religion is going down the drain’ Angelo Labia poet, priest and member of a Patrician family lamented in a journal of this period. Labia’sVenice was a very strange place indeed; its peculiar type of decadence had no contemporary equivalents, and it is highly unlikely that anything remotely similar to it will appear again. By any commonly accepted standards, eighteenth 18th century Venice was a society gone mad.

Casanova and Venetian noblemen: the Carnival icons
The quintessential Venetian libertine was Casanova, the son of a Venetian actor and a shoemaker’s daughter. As he stated in his autobiography, “My Life and Adventures“ Casanova’s purpose was simply pleasure, and his greatest pleasure was sex, preferably with a new woman. [...]
Venice Carnival Top Balls Features
Dress up as a Venetian noble and experience an unforgettable night. After the welcoming cocktail on the ground floor, a special dinner prepared by a chef awaits you on the baroque noble floor of the palace. The evening will be livened up by opera singers and Dance Masters that will teach you period group dances. [...]
The 6 top free events of Venice Carnival 2020
Have a look at the most popular free events in Venice of Carnival 2020! [...]
5 fun things to do in Venice during Carnival

It is almost time for the Venetian Carnival which starts on the 9 February and runs until the 25 February 2020. As usual there will be lots of fun things to…

How to make a Venetian Carnival Mask

The Venetian mask has a long history stretching back almost 1,000 years. Nobody knows for sure, when or why the tradition of wearing masks began, but there is a lot of speculation. The history and origins of “the mask” is as mysterious as the mask itself. What is acknowledged to be “the truth” by many scholars and historians is that the tradition of mask wearing began in the 13th century, but then again, some say there is evidence of mask wearing as early as 1094.

Best places to visit in Venice during Carnival 2020

Venice Carnival is one of the most famous carnivals on the planet, and its signature costume, the Venetian mask is definitely one of the most recognisable pieces of outfit anywhere. Everyone has seen one, whether in real life, or more probably, on television or in a blockbuster movie, where the masks can look kind of spooky. Venice Carnival 2020 is a great opportunity for everyone to see the masks in real life – but be warned, some of them really are kind of creepy. This is especially true for the Medico Della Peste mask,which is the Black Death Doctor mask – scary! But besides being wowed by the beautiful masks which cover the city during Carnival there are lots of places to visit during Venice Carnival 2020, and here a just a few suggestions!

Venice Carnival during the 1700

The official passport to the Venice Carnival was the Domino, a bizarre costume that combined the mask Bauta, a hood of velvet silk  and a three-cornered hat.

Venice Carnival Mask: a brief history

In a city where there seems to be a mask shop on every corner, it may be surprising to learn that the ancient Venetian craft of mask making was only revived about forty years ago.

Carnival Balls

The offer of parties, events and entertainments during Venice Carnival is very rich. The different proposals are so peculiar that anyone can find his ideal party, ranging from romance to excesses, from history to pure entertainment, from vice to gourmet events!

Venice Carnival History

In Venice in 1094 Doge Vitale Falier was in power. In this period the first edition of the Carnival of Venicebegan unconsciously, as a public celebration to honor the days preceding Lent. Everything is reported in an official document so that the tradition could be followed. But it took long time before the Venice Carnivalbecame a proper festival, ending the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.