Carnival is one of the oldest feasts of Venice, catacterizing Venice traditions, both for its allure and mistery rooted in history. Reintroduced some decades ago, Venice Carnival imposed itself to Italy and Europe as an important event not to be missed. Thanks to its mix of history, suggestions, transgression, art, and fun, Venice Carnival arouses more and more interest among its inhabitants and tourists.
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 city.
The Municipality chooses every year a main theme from various cultural or show-biz ones.
Several events take place throughout the city, from Carnival feasts and masked balls in private palaces to people in masks who happily invades streets and squares looking for fun...
It's possible to see every kind of costume, from 18th century noblewomen to the most 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 main characters of another life.