The Carnival of Venice today
Carnival is one of the oldest traditional feasts of Venice, rooted in the history and the culture of the most unique city in the world.
Today it's a blend of traditions and new events taking place throughout the whole city...
Carnival take place in Venice during the twelve days before the Ash Wednesday with many events all over the city: from improvised street shows to performances put on by the organisers.
The Municipality choose every year a central idea taken from various cultural or show-biz themes.
Several events take place throughout the city, from Carnival feasts and masked balls in private palaces to people in masks who happily invade streets and squares in search of fun...
It's possible to see every kind of costume, from 18th century noblewomen to the most inventive and creative modern costumes!
The heart of Carnival is Saint Mark's Square, with its huge stage for concerts and shows, but also the city's other main squares act as perfect stages for masks who wish to become, at least for a few hours a year, the protagonists of another life.
The culminating moments of Venice Carnival include the flight of angel, which marks the beginning of Carnival celebrations, the water procession, with decorated boats and masked rowers, and the final grand ball on Shrove Tuesday in Saint Mark’s square, with the traditional fireworks show in front of the Duke's palace.