Live a real Venice Carnival experience

LIVE VENICE CARNIVAL 2018  WITH US!

Carnival is a magic moment in Venice..and we offer you a wide range of activities to enjoy it!

 

You can create your own mask or live a walking theatre show, book your own private photo shooting in costume or learn how to dance Minuetto in a Palace. It's just up to you!

 

Venice Carnival is an experience you will never forget!


 

CREATE YOUR OWN VENICE MASK

An artistic experience, which will make you live the preparation for the Venetian Carnival! In this unforgettable activity, a venetian master artisan will explain the traditional art of making masks and their ancient history. DECORATE your mask course Your instructor will be our experienced decorator, who will teach you how to paint and decorate your own mask. The participants will choose a mask to be decorated during the course and at the end of the course, they will keep their mask as a very special souvenir to bring back home. Alternatively: Course of PRODUCTION Your instructor will explain the ancient technique of making a Venetian papier-mâché mask providing information about the use of masks in Venice during past centuries. The participants at the end of the hour will keep their mask as a very special souvenir to bring back home. In case of mask production the client will return to the laboratory after 6 hours to collect the mask when it's dry.  Key details Meeting point: Campiello San Zulian 596 (please be there 10 minutes before the beginning of the tour) Availability: every days at 9.30 am - 11:00 am- 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - 07:00 pm - 8:30 pm Duration: 1 hour (per course) approx. Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian (the activity could be bilingual) Price: Adult € 49 - Under 12 years only if accompanied by an adult € 39 - Special Family offer € 157 (4 people together). Price is per production or decoration. If you would like to do both the cost is double.  Appropriate clothes suggested –If you are less than 6 persons the tour is not considered private but is shared with our guests not belonging to the same party - Mobile vouchers are accepted – Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide (in these cases it can be postponed the days after otherwise it will be refunded) - Maximun 6 people per course - This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities- For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”.

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CARNIVAL WALKING THEATRE SHOW

In Venice, from the mid-fifteenth century, the nobles and the wealthy would walk preceded by a servant called "Codega" equipped with a lantern to light their path in the darkness of night, who would delight them with anecdotes and stories. Today, your personal host will guide you through the maze of mystery that forms the city. A leap in the past which will inspire you to be the actors in a moving mise-en-scene and will push you to the heart of the Serenissima Republic and its Carnival. This is the way to discover the city's secrets! You will learn about Casanova and the Levantine, about the gondolier that become a priest and about the elephant that found shelter in a church. You will discover why an angel was put as a palace guardian and why the bridge between two convents was called "The Devil's Bridge", but also the secret language of fans and the legends of a number of ghosts that are said to inhabit Venice today. Through the stories of the “Codega” the visitors will be escorted to unusual and secret places, away from the chaotic hustle and bustle of Carnival, to find out some interesting facts of the history and daily life of the Serenissima Republic. A captivating event for the entire family, a new and unusual way to live Venice Carnival! http://www.pantakin.it/en Languages and timetable: February 03th - 4th - 10th - 11th - 13th: -11:00 AM English & Italian (the visit can be bilingual) -12:30 PM French & Italian ( the visit can be bilingual) - 3:00 PM French & Italian (the visit can be bilingual) February 05th - 6th . 8th: - 3:00 PM French & Italian (the visit can be bilingual) February 09th - 12th: -11:00 AM  English & Italian (the visit can be bilingual) - 3:00 PM  French & Italian (the visit can be bilingual)   Key Details: Meeting point: Campo San Gallo (Well in front of the San Gallo Theatre - San Gallo Hotel). Please be at meeting point 15 minutes before the beginning of the tour. Duration: 1 hr. and 15 minutes approx. Price: € 29 euro p.p. - Free under 12 years (max.one per adult) This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities - Comfortable shoes suggested – The show will be bilingual English & Italian or French & Italian – The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party – in case of particular events, the itinerary could be changed - For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”.

CARNIVAL COTILLON AT PALAZZO

An afternoon with friends having fun learning the basic steps of 18th-century group dances, such as minuets and cotillon, taught by our dance teachers accompanied by music of a trio of classical musicians. Hot chocolate and Venetian pastries will be served in the historic Palazzo Dandolo, located near the Harry's Bar and St. Mark's Square. Key Details When: Monday 5 February, Wednesday 7 February 2018 Meeting Point: Palazzo Dandolo - Hotel Monaco&Grand Canal - San Marco 1332 - Calle Vallaresso Timetable: from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm Dress Code: period costume compulsory Price: Monday 5 february and Wednesday 7 february: € 140 The clients will be able to rent the costumes from our atelier and prices indicated here don't include the cost of the costume; if you are interested please apply at service@venicecitytours.it. We suggest to make an appointment for the fitting. If you want to know our payment and cancellation policies click here.

CARNIVAL DANCING CHOCOLATE - Hot chocolate and Venetian biscuits

Dancing Chocolate Enjoy carnival dances in one of most suggestive place of Venice, from few steps to St. Mark! The sweet event of the Venice Carnival in Costume held in a typical Venetian campiello (small square), covered by a glass rooftop, of the Hotel Splendid Venice. The guests will enjoy hot chocolate and Venetian biscuits in a festive atmosphere. A classical trio will accompany the Dance Master and his partner during their dance lesson. The guests will learn the basic steps of period dances and take home with them an unforgettable experience. Key Details Meeting Point: Campiello Hotel Splendid Venice - San Marco 760 Mercerie When: Sunday 4 and 11 February from 4 pm to 6 pm  Dress code: period costume mandatory Price: 110€ - The prices don't include the rental of costumes If you want to know our cancellation and payment policies click here.  

Canal Grande Tour

Discover the Grand Canal: the richest waterway of the world! Grand Canal is the main water-road of Venice, 4 km long and with more than 200 magnificent buildings belonged to the Venetian nobles and the Doges (Head of the Venetian republic). Venetian aristocrats used them as showrooms of their products and activities. Ships came from all over the world to deposit their exotic products in front of these magnificent buildings. During this incredible experience the boat will pass under the oldest bridge of Venice: Rialto. Your personal audio-guide will escort through the itinerary finding out about the endless history of Venice and many curiosities about its splendid attractions! No more fixed timetable or rush, an excursion at your own pace by day or night! Get on the public boat number 1, the slower boat used by venetians to move around the city, put your earphones and enjoy the trip! 24 descriptions in 8 different languages will begin automatically on your mobile as you pass in front of each place of interest! When and how can I do it? Anytime by night and by day, how many times you want. To use the app you must take public boat line number 1 (white circle with black number). How can I get it? At the moment that you buy the activity. We will send you the QR code and the public boat ticket by e-mail. (Click here for instructions) Price: € 15 p.p. including a one way boat ticket for line n.1 (The ticket line is valid for 75 minutes from the moment of validation and it is ONLY for the line 1). Public boat timetable: every 10 minutes by day and every 20/25 minutes by night. Starting points: From the embarkation point in Piazzale Roma or in Saint Mark's Square Languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. This app won’t use up any data connection as it runs on GPS only. If you want to know the list of attractions and monuments described in the app click here Venice needs your help: Check the guide of responsible tourist.  

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Discover Carnival - Special Package

Live the Venice Carnival with two unforgettable experiences! Create your own mask and discover the true soul of the carnival with the amazing walking theatre tour! The create your own venice mask It is an interesting activity where you will realize a venetian mask following the wise instructions of an expert local artisan who will tell history and curiosities about the venetian mask. Your instructor will be our experienced decorator, who will teach you how to paint and decorate your own mask. The participants will choose a mask to be decorated during the course and at the end of the course, they will keep their mask as a very special souvenir to bring back home. The carnival walking theatre show Your personal guide will bring you through the maze of mystery that forms the city. A leap in the past which will inspire you to be the actors in a moving mise-en-scene and will push you to the heart of the Serenissima Republic and its Carnival. Through the stories of the venetian actor guide, the visitors will be escorted to unusual and secret places, away from the chaotic hustle and bustle of Carnival, to find out some interesting facts of the history and daily life of the Serenissima Republic. These two activities are the ideal way to enjoy the carnival as a true venetian! Key details: CREATE YOUR OWN MASK Meeting point: Campiello San Zulian 596 (please be there 10 minutes before the beginning of the tour) Availability: every days at 9.30 am - 11:00 am- 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - 07:00 pm - 8:30 pm Duration: 1 hour approx. Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian (the activity could be bilingual) The walking carnival theatre Meeting point: Campo San Gallo (Well in front of the San Gallo Theatre - San Gallo Hotel). Please be at meeting point 15 minutes before the beginning of the tour. Duration: 1 hr. and 15 minutes approx. Languages: Italian, english, french  Thanks to this package you will enjoy these activity at a very convenient price. This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities - Comfortable shoes suggested. The activities cannot be sold separately. They can be made in different days. The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party – in case of particular events, the itinerary could be changed - For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”.  

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Carnival Photo Shooting

A special experience during Venice Carnival! Dress up like a Venetian noble (you can rent a costume with the special offer of our partner Atelier if you don't have one) and then enjoy a 1 hour photo shooting with a professional photographer! She will walk you around Venice and capture the most special moments of your Venetian Carnival. You will feel the true atmosphere of Venice Carnival! A lifetime memory that you will be able to take at home with you! Our photographer will send you 40 pictures selected and edited to make this once-in-a-lifetime experience truly unforgettable. Make your Venice Carnival special!  Key Details Starting time: 9.30 am - 12 am or 2:30 pm Meeting point: The costume atelier or your hotel if you already have your costume with you Duration: 1 hour Delivery: 40 pictures via we transfer in 2 weeks time Languages: Italian, English and Spanish Carnival Costume not included. To see the offers of our partner atelier click here 

VIVALDI & MOZART IN ST. MARK'S SQUARE

Concert of Vivaldi and Mozart in St.Mark's Square! Collegium Ducal Orchestra will revive the ancient Baroque atmosphere playing masterfully the Four Seasons of Vivaldi and  the Divertimento of strings and wind by Mozart! Venice is and has been always celebrated for its music, characteristic element of the city and its theatres. This concert recreates the ancient magic atmosphere, a jump in the past accompanied by the virtuoso musicians who work to preserve the Venetian musical culture. The orchestra performs in a fascinating location: the hall of Prisons’ Palace: a part of Ducal Palace linked by the famous Bridge of whispers.  Price: Adult € 25 - Until 18 years old and over 65 years: € 20 Meeting Point: Prisons' Palace, St.Mark's Square. Timetable: 9:00 PM - Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday Duration: 1 hour This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities - The tour is not considered private but it is shared with other guests not belonging to the same party – Mobile voucher are accepted- For general conditions refer to our brochure “Discovering Venice”.  

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Baroque music in the heart of Venice

 Enjoy a baroque music concert in the heart of Venice! The best musicians of Venice will play the greatest baroque music! Interpreti veneziani is an ensemble composed by the very talented musicians who will delight you with its wonderful music, playing the concerts for violins, strings and the pieces of the great past compositors as Sebastian Bach. Thanks to its talent to execute masterfully classical music, this orchestra has became worldwide famous. The splendid location will embellish the night: the concert season will take place in the Church of San Vidal, a hidden architectonic jewel, near to Academia Bridge and Canal Grande. The church is rich of painting and sculptures of great artists that will delight your eyes while you are listening the pleasant music. An event full of music and art, a perfect way to enjoy and discover the Venetian culture! Key Details The concerts take place at 8:30 pm from November to March and at 9:00 pm from March to November. Price: Adult € 29 - Until 25 years old, over 65 and group with more than 15 people € 24 Meeting point: Church of San Vidal – Campo Santo Stefano, S.Marco 2862 Duration: 1h. and half approx. This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or people with walking disabilities - Mobile vouchers are accepted- For general conditions refer to our brochure "Discover Venice"

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CARNIVAL COSTUMES

Description of costume categories: Yellow Category: period costumes inspired by the European style of the 18th and 19th centuries with quality fabric and lace edging. Unique pieces, not mass produced. Green Category: more elaborate costumes inspired by the European style of the 18th and 19th centuries with delicate fabrics and sophisticated lace edging. Unique pieces not mass produced. Red Category: period costumes, top quality, inspired by the aristocratic European style of the 18th and 19th centuries, with high quality fabric, embroidery and detailing. Exclusive pieces recently added to the studio’s collection. During Venice Carnival the Atelier Tiepolo (costume production and rental services) will be based at the Hotel Danieli from Friday 17 to Tuesday 28 February 2017, open from 10am till 8pm. There you will find a large selection of top quality costumes (in silk and cotton, sewn by hand), wigs, masks, hats, shoes, capes and other accessories for sale and rent. Women’s costume hire includes: the costume as well as all the essential accessories (petticoats, skirts and corsets) and all the accessories that make the costume (bags, necklaces, pins). All the other accessories such as hats, masks, capes, wigs etc. are sold separately and are optional, with prices varying according to the item. Men’s costume hire includes: the costume as well as all the necessary accessories (shirt, crop, tights and shoe ribbons). All the other accessories such as hats, masks, capes, wigs etc. are sold separately and are optional with prices varying according to the item. Costume hire price list: costume hire Yellow category : € 305 costume hire Green category : € 500 costume hire Red category    : € 500 IMPORTANT: the costumes must be returned to the Atelier Tiepolo the next morning before 11am, to avoid additional costs.  If you want to see our brochure with the costumes, click here.