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The famous Venice Italy Carnival was supposed to start at the end of this month, but will unfortunately not take place. There will be some alternative (mainly virtual) events but no information has been made available so far.

Why are they wearing masks during the Venice Italy Carnival? What is the origin of this festival? Are you curious?

Go to Venice and experience it! I will tell you everything about it... When is this Venice Carnival? 

  • In 2021 the carnival event is between January 30th till Februari 16th. 

During the event, prices go up, and it's bustling in Venice!  The beauty of a Venice Winter I can't describe with words. And above all the Venice events during the winter are a nice experience... Read everything about this Winter season... 

What a great experience! But, there are also other events during winter. For example, New Year Eve in Venice will take place for a significant part at the Piazza San Marco in Venice's heart. Here is the city's countdown.

But, now the...

...The activity's during Venice Italy Carnival

Are you looking for events during the carnival? Book a Carnival tour, for example. This event will be real entertainment with actors exploring the city, and you will get a taste of the Carnival History. Another fun activity is to make and paint a real mask during the carnival. 

But imagine; Go along with the other Venetian and have your costume. You will get dressed up in your rental apartment, and after party time it is a wonderful coming home in your apartment. Reserve an apartment in Venice >

Enjoying the event, but why you are celebrating if you don't know the... 

...History of the Venice Italy Carnival

Venice Italy Carnival history

Carnival in Venice is the largest and most important Venetian festival. A mix of tradition, history, and entertainment in a unique city. It is a festival that attracts thousands of people from all around the world.

- Tip - Check out which Venice hotels are available during the Carnival. Already compare your flight to Venice for the carnival. Search early which hotels in Venice are available during the Venice Italy Carnival.

The Carnival is very old and is celebrating the transition from winter to spring. The start of the Carnival in Venice dates back to 1296. At that time Venice was a republic, and a city member established a feast to celebrate the beginning of the spring. During the reign of Napoleon, the Carnival stopped. After a break of almost two centuries, the tradition of the carnival is reinvented. Set by commerce to create a peak in the low season regarding tourism.

Since 1980, the Carnival takes place every year. And with success! The event will be held for 12 days and ends 40 days before Easter. The Venice Italy Carnival is held during the months February or March. A period where everything is possible.

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...Why are there Venetian Carnival masks? 

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Why wearing Venetian carnival masks? Because in the first years of the festival masks were even banned in the city.

But the event attracted many foreigners, including princesses. They enjoyed their anonymity by wearing a mask.

This secrecy is how they could spend their money for example on gambling, theaters, alcohol, shopping, exotic animals and entertainment. With the Venetian mask, people could not distinguish dignitaries and ordinary people.

In general, people are wearing during the carnival a costume with a cloak and a mask. On the squares and streets, many performers entertain the tourists.

There is not much left of the historic traditional Carnival in Venice. Now there is entertainment for young and old, geared to the international audience. But, hidden in some Venetian buildings, you can still find real Venetian performances, for the local Venetian. This amazing local opportunity is as it once was. Get here a glance of these performances >

A must visit if you ask me…. 

Be sure to visit once in a lifetime the Carnival in Venice! See which Venice hotels are available during the Carnaval. During the Venice Winter, there are also a lot of other activities. Read more about events in te winter >.

Another big event in Venice is the Biennale. You can read the most essential points about the Venice Biennial, art, and architecture here. The Venice Biennale is an international event in Venice. It is an event where art and architecture from all over the world are shown. The Biënnale precedes the carnival during the summer months from the end of May to November. This art gallery is an international art event.

And what about New Year's Eve in Venice? How fortunate if you can be in there during the New Year.

The Public Holidays in Venice Italy

Stay in Venice Italy

Always handy to know! You should take notice of the public holidays in Venice. The vaporetto service has a different schedule, and some shops are closed. But, mostly the museums are all open.

  • January 1 : New Year's Day
  • January 6 : Festival Epifania
  • April : Easter Monday
  • April 25 : Liberty day and Saint Mark Day
  • May 1 : Labor Day
  • June 2 : Republic Day
  • August 15 : Assumption of the Virgin Mary ( Ferragosto )
  • November 1 : All Saints day
  • December 8 : Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • December 25 and 26 : Christmas and St. Stephen's Day

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