Venice Carnival Masked Balls
This is a wonderful opportunity to attend one of the most prestigious Venetian Carnival balls. We offer you the chance of top level tickets to the ball of your choosing, along with costume hire from the best Atelier's (Costume houses) in Venice. Be transported to a different age as you dance and dine the night away!
We are the only UK Company to offer such a range of tickets giving unique access to various Venice Carnival Masked Balls. These breaks have been specifically designed for you to enjoy Venice Carnival at a budget that suits you.
For pure indulgence it does not get better than attending the Venetian Carnival - make sure you have time to promenade in your period costume, while the envious tourists take your photo!
Venice Carnival 2016
Venice Carnival has plenty of fantastic events on offer. For many people who are already travelling to Venice, this is a fantastic way to "mix and match" costume hire and attendance of one of the main Carnival balls.
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The Venice Carnival season runs from late January to mid February in 2016.
Deciding which Ball to Attend
We offer you the choice of 3 Venice Carnival Balls:
Il Ballo del Doge (04 - 07 Feb) – Highly sought after and most famous of the Venetian balls, it offers VIP level and status, based around one theme with stunning entertainment to keep you mesmerised. You might even be rubbing shoulders with celebrities!
Mascheranda Ball (05 - 08 Feb) - For those wanting a more informal “party” ball, this is the one for you: be prepared to vote for the best Casanova and his Lady, and expect lots of fun and laughter at this historical ball.
Tiepolo Ball (03 - 05 Feb) – This delightful ball is the one which features the most traditional dancing, and is for those who want to learn some of the original dances from the late 18th century.
Venice Carnival started in 1162 when the Venetians celebrated their victory against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven. It has since become more elaborate with decorative masks and costumes in Venice. Carnival takes place yearly, forty days before Shrove Tuesday (Easter) and concludes with Lent.
The whole atmosphere in Venice at this time of year is magically evocative as everyone is dressed to the nines in their historical costumes and finery. As well as the build up to the various Venice Carnival balls, there are also other themed activities including Cotillon Dancing, Promenading in historical costume and a Gourmet Tasting Dinner prepared by the Michelin Star Chef at Hotel Metropole. These events give you a chance to really show off your truly exquisite costumes prepared by the finest Atelier’s in Venice.
The Atelier’s are the Venetian costumers who make you look and feel amazing as they dress you in all your finery in your historical costumes, which is these hallmark of this special events. This is an absolute must as you will not be allowed entrance unless you look the part!
Palazzo Pisani Moretta is the palace where the main Venice Carnival balls takes place. On the first floor are the stunning, original Noble Rooms which feature frescoes in some of the rooms.
It is so important to have a good, centrally located hotel in Venice. Carnival is a very popular time on the island, and as such we have allocation with two of our favourites; Hotel Bonvecchiati and Hotel Metropole.
Hotel Bonvecchiati is a four star hotel located just 3 minutes from St Mark’s Square. It has a refined elegance and its own water landing for gondolas and watertaxis. It first opened its doors in 1790. For the next Carnival they are hosting their own Venice Carnival Valentine’s dinner at their hotel.
Hotel Metropole is a five star hotel just along from Hotel Danieli, overlooking the lagoon, with views over San Giorgio Island. It feels like this hotel was made for the Venice Carnival, as despite having various incarnations since being built in 1800, including being a war time hospital, the hotel is decoratively themed with its own museum pieces and Venetian opulence. There are candles, perfumes and incenses to create the evocative setting. The Met Restaurant, housed within the hotel has its own Michelin Star Chef who creates a mouth-watering gourmet tasting meal for you to sample.