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Each year, as winter comes to an end, Venice shakes off the frost and bursts into life with its famed carnival. Masked revelers color the streets with their elaborate masks and costumes, as the Venice of old is revived with a series of glamorous balls. We explore the event’s most unforgettable parties.

History of Venice Carnival

Venice Carnival originally dates back to 1094, when it was held as a public celebration to honor the days leading up to Lent. Venetians would throw parties to consume all their rich food and drink before Ash Wednesday. In the years that followed, these small celebrations grew into the joyful masked festival we now know as Carnival.

2018 Venice Carnival Balls and Events

Women Dressed for a Magical Ball at Venice Carnival
Women Dressed for a Magical Ball at Venice Carnival

As one of the most popular European festivals of the year, everyone should have Venice Carnival on their travel wishlist. This year, the event runs from January 27th to February 13th and includes over 35 events. Here is a list of the most unforgettable events and coveted balls.

Festa Veneziana, the Grand Opening of the 2018 Venice Carnival

Date: Saturday, January 27th at 6:00pm with an encore at 8:00pm

Location: Canale di Cannaregio

Tickets: Free. No tickets required.

Officially opening Carnival, the Festa Veneziana show combines music, lights, drama and dance along the banks of the Cannaregio. There are no tickets, so arrive early to claim a good viewpoint.

Festa Veneziana Part II

Date: Sunday, January 28th at 6:00pm with an encore at 8:00pm

Location: Canale di Cannaregio

Tickets: Free. No tickets required.

On the Sunday following the Grand Opening, a water parade of unique boats sails down the Canal Grande towards the district of Cannaregio. Along the route, music is played and Venetian food and wines are served.

Volo dell’Angelo

Date: Sunday, February 4th at 12:00pm

Location: St. Mark’s Square

Tickets: Free. No tickets required.

Vollo dell’Angelo or ‘Flight of the Angel’ dates back to the Serenissima period. When the clock strikes 12:00pm, an acrobat jumps off the San Marco bell tower and flies along a zipline to the middle of St. Mark’s Square. Be sure to arrive at 11:00am to secure a spot.

Ballo Tiepolo Masquerade Ball

Date: Thursday, February 4th at 8:00pm

Location: Palazzo Pisani Moretta

Tickets: Tickets cost €700 in the Central Hall and €570 in the Side Hall, and are available here.

The glamorous Ballo Tiepolo transports you to 18th-century Venice. This elaborate masquerade ball takes place at the Palazzo Pisani Moretta, where guests are treated to cocktails and a candlelit dinner with performances from singers, dancers and an orchestra. The real party starts after dinner, when dance maestros teach basic dance steps from the 18th and 19th centuries. All attendees must wear period costumes.

Il Ballo del Doge Masquerade Ball

Date: Saturday, February 10th at 8:30pm

Location: Palazzo Pisani Moretta

Tickets: Tickets range in price from €700 to €2,700, and are available here.

The most exclusive ball at the Venice Carnival, Il Ballo del Doge is the ticket to get. Held at the historic Palazzo Pisani Moretta, the ball has been described by Vanity Fair as “one of the most exclusive parties in the world.” Organized by Antonia Sautter, a renowned costume designer – whose pieces feature in the film Eyes Wide Shut – the event features a gourmet dinner, performances and dancing. Period costume is required.

If you’re planning on flying to Venice for the Carnival, you’re going to need some extra space for all those suits, masks and ball gowns. Allow Air Charter Service to arrange a spacious and convenient private jet charter to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport to arrive in style.

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