Shows, masked parades and music in 'calli', squares and palaces.
From Saturday 27 January to Tuesday 13 February, Venice comes alive with parades, concerts, performances and grand balls. Carnival is an event involving months of preparation, which the locals consider a part of their identity… ultimately they manage to transform these into occasions of such importance that they attract visitors from all over the world. Prepare your masks and enjoy the party!
On Saturday 27 January, the annual Carnival of Venice kicks off in the district of Rio di Cannaregio with the “Festa Veneziana on the Water”, a spectacular free water show which, each year, attracts thousands of spectators – repeat performances are held at 6pm and 8pm. This spectacular show, celebrating the carnival theme of ‘Beauty, the Sea and Vanity’, is performed on floating structures amidst an explosion of images and music.
Festivities continue on Sunday 28 January at 11am with a water parade by Venice’s Rowing Association and food and wine tours featuring local Venetian specialties. (read more about the Venice Carnival).
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