The dates of the Carnival vary. A new carnival theme and date is announced each year. Carnival of Venice is the most famous and a long-standing tradition. The Carnival started from a victory of the Venice Republic against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven in 1162 and became official in the Renaissance period. During the 18th century, festivities declined. A group of Venetian artisans restarted Carnival in 1979.
The festival is ongoing over two weeks. Carnival starts on Saturday, two weeks before Fat Tuesday and ends at Fat Tuesday, 40 days before Easter. Enjoy the spectacular and famous Venice Carnival 2018 that will take place from January 28 to February 14. The first event of the Carnival is a celebration of the Venetians "La Festa Veneziana". There are many events which you can attend during the Venice Festival such as fancy dress & mask competitions, concerts, festival on the water, street shows, dinner & balls, and all sorts of events to have fun. Find more information about these events on the official website.
A lot of masks shops and platforms are selling various masks. The Atelier Tiepolo, Atelier Pietro Longhi, and Atelier Marega in Venice offer a carnival costume rental service. The cheapest option is to make your own costume or hire renaissance costume at home and bring them with you.
The Carnival of Venice is a photographer paradise. This the world’s best-known baroque fancy dress party and the best place to see most stunning historical architecture that can’t be missed.
Explore all the best Venice has to offer: museums, art galleries, St. Mark's Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Torre dell’Orologio, and more. Take waterbus or water taxi for a trip down the Grand Canal, visit Venice Islands:
- Burano, known for its lacework and brightly colored homes
- Murano Island, famous for its glass making
- Lido of Venice where the International Film Festival is held
Get around in a gondola, taste wine, try delicious cuisine, and gelato. Take cooking or mask-making classes, winery and countryside tours. Here are some things to know before you go.
Plan your trip to Venice.