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Why are they wearing masks during the Venice Italy Carnival? What is the origin of this festival? Are you curious what's it like? Please take your change and experience it! I will tell you everything about it...

When is this Venice Carnival?

  • In 2017 the carnaval event is between February 11th till February 28th. 

During the event prices go up and it's very busy in Venice! Below a video of the Carnival in 2016:

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

Search on what kind events you want to visit during the event, for example www.Venice-Carnival-Italy.com. It is the most expensive and beautiful period in this city.

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

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History of the Venice Italy Carnival

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

This 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 was rediscovered. Set by commerce to create a peak in the low season in terms of tourism.

Venice Italy Carnival

Since 1980, the Carnival takes place every year. And with success! The event will be held during 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.

During the Venice Winter there are also a lot of other activities. The Venice Biënnale precedes the carnival during the summer months from June to November. This is an international art event. And what about New Year's Eve? How fortunate if you can be in there during the New Year.

The city has so many nice events or festivals, so keep in touch with my site…

Why are there Venetian Carnival masks? 

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 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 there are many performers who entertain the tourists.

Actually, 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 is as it once was.

A must visit if you ask me…. 

Venice Italy Carnival Masks

Be sure to visit once in a lifetime the Carnival in Venice! See which Venice hotels are available during the Carnaval >

Tip 1: Discover Venice by gondola and experience the magic of the city from the water. Through my partner Tiqets.nl we have tickets from EUR 32 , - Book here >

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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 close. 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

PARKING IN VENICE CHEAP

Cheap Parking in Venice Italy

Be smart and get a cheap parking place when you are visiting Venice Italy ! Here is an overview and mostly they are with shuttle services to Venice... Check it out! 



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