Heading to Italy to celebrate the Carnevale di Venezia?

The Carnevale di Venezia is a very ancient tradition: the first evidence is dated back to the 11th century, whilst it is mentioned in the first official document in 1296 A.D.

The Doge and the Venetian oligarchies encouraged the Carnival celebrations to allow the lower classes a period of fun. Dressing up with fancy costumes and wearing masks, there were no social differences any more.

In addition to that, they could mock the local authorities and the aristocracy: this was accepted in order to make people free themselves of their discontent.

Due to the popularity of the Carnevale di Venezia, the city started a huge production of traditional masks. The Venetian masks became real pieces of art and many schools flourished since the 13th century.

What to expect from this incredible Carnevale?

For more than two weeks Venezia is full of people dressed up, acrobats, jugglers, dancers and many amazing parties take place around the city, as well as fun shows in the streets.

Every day you can choose among different events: parades, competitions, masked balls and much more. On top of all the events, you can’t miss the Volo dell’Angelo, which opens the celebrations.

The girl elected as the most beautiful of Venice during the Festa delle Marie (read more) flies from the bell tower of San Marco to the ground: a very exciting show!

And if your wig, mask and costume are really gorgeous, on the last day you can take part in the Best Mask Contest! If you want to make the most of your time in Venice, check the full programme here.

And don’t miss some beautiful pictures on our Pinterest Board.

What about typical Carnival food?

Apart from chiacchiere and castagnole, taste the Fritole veneziane, a typical sweet from Venice: little fried dough balls with raisins and rum. You will love them so much that you might want to make them once you get back home: see the recipe here!

Curious about other Carnival celebrations? Enjoy our blog!

So, immerse yourself in this beautiful festivity!