Carnevale: the Venice Carnival 2017

by Web Editor
A mask at Venice Carnival


11 Feb 2017 - 28 Feb 2017


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City of Venice - Different Areas


Up until 9 February, St. Marks will once more become an 18th-century square, a one-of-a-kind place where artisan workshops produce amazing costumes. Then, from the 11th to the 28th, the city will come alive with parades, concerts, performances and grand balls. Get ready to join in the fun!

Festa Veneziana sull'Acqua

11 February

Festa Veneziana Sull'Acqua

Festivities start on Saturday, 11 February with the Festa Veneziana sull’Acqua, a performance of lights and sound held on the banks of Cannaregio. The show is repeated on 12 February.

Twelve Marys' Day

18 February

The Twelve Marys

Saturday 18 February is the day dedicated to the ‘Twelve Marys’, an ancient tradition that involves choosing the most beautiful costumed girl. In olden days, a young woman of the people won a marriage dowry, but today the lucky winner has the honour of being crowned the ‘Angel’ of next year’s Carnival.

Starting of the contest for the Most Beautiful Mask

18 February

Best mask Venice Carnival

The first contest for the ‘most beautiful mask’ kicks off in St. Mark’s Square. The contest is open to anyone wishing to parade their mask on the stage set up in the square (although participation is free, contestants are required to download and complete the form available online at, which also provides detailed information regarding all Carnival activities). This contest takes place several times a day throughout the Carnival period.

The Top Event: Flight of the Angel

19 February

Flight of the Angel

The ‘Volo dell’Angelo’ (Flight of the Angel), one of Carnival’s most eagerly awaited events, takes places on Sunday 19 February at midday, when a young girl wearing traditional costume ‘flies’ from the top of St. Mark’s bell tower to a stage on the opposite side of the square. The girl, who is strapped to a safety harness, is welcomed in total silence by crowds, often numbering as many as 80,000 revelers, who have gathered in the square to watch the event.

Suggested Family Activity: Secrets of Venice

From 18 to 28 February

Secrets of Venice Parade

Visitors can participate in the ‘Secrets of Venice’ event, a travelling show for the whole family, featuring several performances a day in Italian, English and French, chronicling the history of Carnival. Tickets: €29. Info at

Grand Finale of the Most Beautiful Mask Contest

26 February

Grand Finale of the best mask contest

Qualifications for the grand finale, scheduled to be held on Sunday 26 February, take place from 23 to 25 February. The winner is nominated by those gathered in the square, guaranteeing fun and entertainment for everyone. Non-competitive parades continue after the grand finale until Shrove Tuesday with two events dedicated to children on the 27th, and one dedicated to adults on the 28th.

Flight of the Eagle

26 February

A video of the 2014 edition of the Flight of the Eagle

After enjoying the success of the Flight of the Angel, starting from Venice Carnival 2012 the organising committee has decided to introduce the ‘Flight of the Eagle’, traditionally happening one week after the Flight of the Angel and featuring similar dynamics.  Important personalities in sport, cinema and music usually take central stage in this celebration disguised like one of the most beloved characters of Venice’s carnival: Pulcinella.

Traditional Carnival Balls

From 18 to 28 February

Masked Carnival Ball

Participating to one of the sumptuous Carnival Balls could be the best way to enjoy the festive atmosphere. For the 2017 edition, locals and foreign visitors are spoilt for choice, as they can choose between ‘The Gallery of Wonders’ at Ca’ Vendramin Calergi, ‘Il Ballo del Doge’, the ‘Casanova Grand Ballo’, the ‘Mascheranda’, the ‘Tiepolo’, the ‘Carnival in Love’ ball, the ‘Minuetto Gran Gala’, the ‘Carnival Extravaganza’ and the ‘Minuetto al Ridotto’, as well as the ‘Ultimo Valzer a Venezia’.