Carnival in Venice

The Carnival in Venice 2020 is here… 

It’s that time of the year again and the Carnival in Venice 2020 is coming to turn our world upside down once more.

Take me directly to the paid events and Partys

It starts Saturday, February 8 and it ends Tuesday, February 25. That’s two and a half weeks of madness, partying and masks and costumes. This is what’s gonna happen:

Saturday 8

The Rio di Cannaregio turns into a real water stage with a show that enchants thousands of spectators every year. A floating structure transfers the theme of the Carnival “The Game, the Love and the Madness” to the water.

AMORIS CAUSA. the reason to love. director Alessandro Martello. Two performances 7 pm and 9 pm. Free of charge. Just show up, but be on time. It will be very crowded.

Sunday 9

Grand Opening of the Carnival in Venice 2020.

carnival in veniceGrand Canal. The feast that inaugurates the Carnival in Venice 2020, dedicated to the citizens and guests of the lagoon city. At 11.00 the water procession of the Rowing Association Voga alla Veneta will start from Punta della Dogana and run along the entire Grand Canal until it reaches the popular Rio di Cannaregio, where it will parade in front of the crowds on the banks.

Upon arrival, food- and wine-stands will be opened offering Cicchetti, other Venetian specialties and the traditional Frittole and Galani.

Around 12 a clock the big rat, the symbol of the Venetian carnival, will explode and send balloons to the sky. This marks the official opening of the Carnival in Venice 2020.

Saturday 15

San Pietro di Castello. The traditional “Festa delle Marie” starts out at San Pietro di Castello at 2.30 pm. These are 12 of the most beautiful girls of Venice, handpicked the previous weeks. They will parade all along via Garibaldi and Riva degli Schiavoni and they will reach the San Marco stage at 4.00 pm.

In past times these were 12 girls set to be married but so poor that their families couldn’t pay for the wedding. So, the city (the state and the nobles) paid for it and even lent them some of the most valuable jewelry for the occasion.

carnival in veniceThe Mask- and Dress competition “La Maschera più Bella” 

Saint Mark’s Square. Every day from Saturday 15, you have the chance to win the prize for the best outfit. Qualifications take place on February the 15th at 11 am. and the 16th at 3.30 pm. From Monday the 17th, twice a day. The final is Sunday 23. 

Official Carnival in Venice 2020 Dinner&Ball.

In the Ca’ Vendramin Calergi palace the official dinner and ball is prepared. Sounds, lights, flavors, and entertainments.

The menu is created by the chefs of Ristorante Wagner and the music played by Dj Oyadi and Gloria Fregonese. 

The prize is 500 euro/person. And it’s every night at 9 pm. Saturday and Sunday the 15th and 16th, from Thursday 20, until Tuesday 25. Book here.

Sunday 16

carnival in veniceIl Volo dell Angelo

Saint Mark’s Square. At noon. On a thin steel wire connected from the top of the Bell tower, last year’s winner in the Festa delle Marie – competition, Lind Pani, flyes slowly over the full length of Piazza San Marco. Dressed in a traditional Venetian outfit, she hovers over the crowd like an angel until she reached the stage at the western end of the square.

Tuesday 18

Casa di Carlo Goldoni. 6 pm. The Game, the Love and the Madness, the 12 Marie present Goldoni and the Carnival. A “close” encounter with the 12 Marys of the Carnival in Venice 2020. Through the choreography of Alexandra Foffano, you will get to know the 12 Maries as well as extracts from some of the best of the famous Venetian play-writer.

In Italian

Thursday 20

The Mask- and Dress competition “La Maschera più Bella” 

Saint Mark’s Square. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday there are qualification rounds leading up to the final on Sunday the 23rd.

Friday 21

beautiful italian girlsFish Market Rialto. 3 pm. The Balad of the Masks is a cortege in remembrance of the victory over the Patriarch Ulrico of Aquileia and his twelve rebel lords, 1162 AD.

3 pm prologue and departure from campo San Giacometto: Campo S. Bartolomeo: Campo S. Luca, Campo S. Angelo, Campo S. Stefano, Campo S. Maurizio, calle XXII Marzo, Piazza san Marco

3,30 pm departure from Campo Santa Margherita: Campo san Barnaba, Campo S. Stefano, Campo San Maurizio, Calle Larga XXII Marzo,

4.30 pm arrival in St Mark’s Square with a final show.

At 5.30 pm. in campo San Giacomo dell’Orio: Tango-evening organized by Associazione Tango Action. Also Saturday 22 at 4.30, Monday 23 at 5, and Tuesday 24 at 5.

Sunday 23

The Flight of the Eagle. St Mark’s Square at Noon. Another girl is flying down from the tower, over the cheering crowds. The “Flight of the eagle” closes the Carnival in Venice 2020. As tradition suggests, it’s a famous sport-star raising the wings to the sky.

The Mask- and Dress competition “La Maschera più Bella” 

On Sunday at 2.30 pm the final takes place on the main stage of St Mark’s Square. For those who passed the qualifications the hour of truth has arrived. The best costume and mask of the Carnival in Venice 2020 will be decided.

Monday 24

The Mask- and Dress competition “La Maschera più Bella” 

St Mark’s Square at 11 am. and 1 pm. The children’s edition of the competition. Sign up online.

Tuesday 25… The last day of the Carnival in Venice 2020.

The Mask- and Dress competition “La Maschera più Bella” 

St Mark’s Square at 11 am. and 1 pm. The children’s edition of the competition. On Tuesday, the Mask has to reflect the Carnival’s theme, The Game, the Love and the Madness” Sign up online.

Carnival in Venice... And the Masquerades


‘Il Ballo del Doge’ by Antonia Sautter: the most exclusive event of the Venice Carnival!

per person
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‘Mascheranda’ at Palazzo Pisani Moretta in Venice: Carnival Grand Ball in an exclusive location
per person
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Minuetto –
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Tiepolo Ball at Palazzo Pisani Moretta

Side Hall
per person
‘Il Don Giovanni’ by Mozart: Carnival Party at Palazzetto Pisani
per person
Minuetto at Ridotto
Dinner & Masked Balls at Monaco&Grand Canal Hotel
per person
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Carnival Extravaganza – Masked Ball at Palazzo Dandolo
per person
€ 550.00

Venice Carnival Party Cruise

Go to sea with Jolly Roger cruises and party on deck…

per person         €100.00

Casanova Grand Ball 2020 at Ca’ Zeno
per person
 €200.00 –

‘The Carnival Elixir’: dinner and Grand Ball at Teatro La Fenice, the opera house in Venice.

per person
starting from
Secrets of Venice Carnival and the Life And Times Of Giacomo Casanova
per person

‘The Greatest Carnival Show’

at Baglioni Hotel Luna

per person
Private Gametour
‘The Mask Collector’ in Venice: Visit and Play!
per service
€ 235.00
‘The Ball of Dreams’ at Palazzo Contarini della Porta di Ferro
per person
starting from
€ 150.00
The Official Dinner Show & Ball’: Carnival Party at Venice Casino
per person
The Pirates Island’: Masquerade party on the Grand Canal at the Ca’ Nigra Lagoon Resort
per person

‘Opera Gala Dinner’: Carnival Party at the Hotel Saturnia in Venice

Italian opera at the Carnival

per person

Carnival parties at the Carlton on the Grand Canal Hotel
per person
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Rent Carnival Venetian Ball Costumes at Atelier Tiepolo in Venice (at Danieli Hotel)
per person
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Carnival In Love Grand Ball
at Palazzo Contarini della Porta di Ferro
per person
€ 150.00
‘The Phantom of the Opera’: Party & Dinner at the Hotel Saturnia in Venice
per person
€ 290.00

Gametour ‘The Mask Collector’ in Venice

– Special Carnival Date 20 February 2020: Visit and Play!

per person   €20.00

Exclusive Carnival Ball at Palazzo Labia in Venice: dinner and fun surrounded by Tiepolo’s paintings
per person
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Pub Crawl: bacaro guided tour during the Venice Carnival
per person
Carnival Treasure Hunt
A Carnival game in the historical center of Venice
per person
Dancing Chocolate 
per person
Sweet Dance classes at Monaco&Grand Canal Hotel
per person
€ 130.00
Great Baglioni Carnival Party
per person
€ 290.00

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