Carnival in Venice

“Every men lie but if you give them a mask they will be sincere” – Oscar Wilde

27th January – 13th February

The Venice carnival is famous world-wide and is a ‘must’ whilst staying in Ferrara. It gets very crowded especially at weekends, but don’t be put off as there is always something magic about celebrating ‘Carnevale’ in Venice.

Opening Celebration (part 1)

Festival on Water – Rio di Cannaregio
Saturday 27th January, 6 p.m. and again at 8 p.m.
The canals of this area of Venice (Rio di Cannaregio) will come alive with music and theatre.

Opening Celebration (Part 2)

Festival on Water – Punta della Dogana
Sunday 28th January, 11 a.m.
Watch this spectacular boat parade which starts from Punta della Dogana and travels along the Canal Grande all the way to Rio di Cannaregio. When the boats arrive (around 12pm) food stands will open, offering typical sweets and other Venetian delicacies.

Official Dinner and Ball

Saturday 3rd – 14th February, 9 p.m.
Ca’ Vendramin Calegri
If you would like a truly amazing carnival experience with entertainment, a fabulous meal, music and everything organized for you, this is the magical event for you. You need to hurry though, and book on-line. Watch out for the prices – they are rather magical too! 

Piazza San Marco – Best Mask Competition

3rd February at 11 a.m.
5th, 6th, 7th February at 12.30 p.m. & 2.30 p.m.
8th February at 2.30 p.m.
9th & 10th February at 12.30 p.m. & 2.30 p.m.
Award Ceremony on 11th February at 3 p.m.
12th February at 12.30 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.
13th February at 2.30 p.m.
Each day Piazza San Marco will transform into an enormous stage where people can parade up and down the catwalk in their best costume and mask.

Festa delle Marie (A historical Procession)

Piazza San Marco
3rd February at 2.30 p.m. onwards, Via Garibaldi
The procession leaves San Piero di Castello at 2.30 p.m. and arrives in Piazza San Marco at around 4 pm. 
A historical street parade of the 12 most beautiful Venetian ladies, who are presented with gifts from the Doge of Venice in the main Piazza. The ‘Corteo della Festa delle Marie’ arrives in Piazza San Marco at 4pm and there are lots of entertainments which go on in Piazza San Marco whilst awaiting their arrival.

carnevale‘Festa delle Marie’ Award Ceremony

Piazza San Marco
13th February, at 4 p.m.
The chosen Maria will arrive by boat in Piazza San Marco where she will receive her crown.

Piazza San Marco – Il Volo dell’Angelo

4th February, from 11 a.m. onwards
‘The Flight of the Angel’ opens the carnival of Venice each year and is an impressive sight to watch. There will be lots of entertainment in the Piazza whilst waiting for the angel to fly down from the bell tower at around midday.

Beheading of the Bull – Ballad of the Masks

Piazza San Marco, at 2 p.m.
An interpretation of the legend of ‘Giovedì Grasso’ through a masked show.

volo angelo‘Il Volo dell’Aquila’

Piazza San Marco
11th February
Celebrations start at 10.30 although the actual flight will be around Midday
Another traditional event which symbolizes the Carnival of Venice is the ‘Flight of the Eagle’ – a celebrity bravely “flies” from the top of San Marco’s bell tower to San Marco’s square, dressed as an eagle.

‘Lo Svolo del Leon’

Piazza San Marco
13th February, 5 p.m.
An enormous flag with the symbol of the city flies over the piazza to close the Carnival of Venice officially.

Other Carnivals near Venice

Mestre Carnivale Street Show

3rd & 4th February, 8th – 10th February at 3.30 p.m.
Piazza Ferretto
Venice will be celebrating ‘Carnevale’ through the streets of Mestre, animating piazzas and streets with music and entertainment

Marghera Carnival Float Parade

10th February, at 3 p.m.