Venice Carnival

A place where for 12 days you can dress up and party at all manner of events...

The history of the carnival dates back to the 15th century from whereon it continued in various forms until Mussolini banned the wearing of the famous carnival masks. In 1979 the carnival's traditions were revived and the event has once again become the highlight of Venice's social calendar!

Beginning two Fridays before Ash Wednesday, the carnival is centred around traditional processions, although alongside this there are now many street performances, mock military duals and tournaments. The highlight remains the Grand Masked Ball (Gran Ballo delle Maschere) which takes place in different locations each year, but is always on a suitably noble scale!

Location map

Map showing the location of Venice Carnival

Visitor information table

AddressPiazza San Marco (focal point), Venice
Telephoneno number listed
Dates February

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