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Venice Classic Gondola Ride

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  • This traditional gondola ride invites you to discover Venice's enchanting waterways in 30 mins while giving you the flexibility to choose a ride that suits you best.
  • The cost-saving seating option is perfect for solo travelers, and history buffs can delight in a route under the Bridge of Sighs, connecting the Doge's Palace to its prisons!
  • Want to share a gondola with your travel buddies? Select the options that guarantee seating in the same gondola to ensure you're in the same boat.
  • Let the storytelling bug bite you by opting for bilingual live commentary or a digital app in 7 languages to hear the legends behind all the Venetian landmarks you will pass.
  • Marvel at the domes of Santa Maria della Salute, the waterfront entrance of the Peggy Guggenheim House Museum, and more.

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  • 30-min shared gondola ride in Venice
  • Gondola and seat assigned by the gondolier
  • Seating guaranteed in the same gondola (optional)
  • Live commentary in English and Italian (optional)
  • Digital app audio commentary in Spanish, German, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, French & Hindi (optional)
  • Special route under the Bridge of Sighs (optional)

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  • Headphones (ensure you bring your own)
  • Tip: This experience starts just around the corner from St. Mark's Basilica. Combine your visits and tick off 2 bucket list items in 1 day!
  • Please note that the ride could last less than 30 mins depending on weather and canal traffic.
  • Seating arrangements inside the gondola may vary for balance. This means you might not be able to sit next to your travel partner(s).
  • This experience is not accessible for wheelchair users.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Venice Museum Pass with Doge's Palace Fast-Track Tickets

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  • With this Venice Museum Pass, enjoy admission to 3 - 11 museums with fast-track skip-the-line entry to the Doge's Palace.
  • The Doge's Palace is a must-see Venetian landmark. It was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic.
  • Explore the history and culture of Venice with this Pass that affords you flexibility, lots of choices, and access to complete permanent collections of all museums.
  • Depending on the ticket you choose, avail yourself of one-time access to museums and attractions such as the St. Mark's Museum, the Natural History Museum, and other civic museums like Ca’ Pesaro - Museum of Modern & Oriental Art, the Glass Museum, and more.

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Venice 3 Museums Pass

  • Skip-the-line access to Doge’s Palace
  • Museo Correr
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Marciana

Venice 11 Museums Pass

  • Skip-the-line access to Doge’s Palace
  • Museo Correr
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Marciana
  • Ca’ Rezzonico Museum
  • Carlo Goldoni’s House
  • Palazzo Mocenigo
  • Ca’ Pesaro - Museum of Modern & Oriental Art
  • Natural History Museum
  • Lace Museum
  • Glass Museum
  • Fortuny Museum

Doge Palace, St. Mark Museums & Chorus Circuits Pass

  • Skip-the-line access to Doge's Palace
  • Access to the: Correr Museum | Archaeological Museum | Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Marciana | Querini Stampalia Foundation | Chorus Circuit Churches (up to 3: Santa Maria del Giglio | Santo Stefano | Santa Maria Formosa | Santa Maria dei Miracoli | San Giovanni Elemosinario | San Redentore | Gesuati | San Sebastiano | San Giobbe)
  • The pass is valid for consecutive days from the time it's activated at the first museum.
  • Note: tickets can only be used from 12pm onwards due to anti-queue containment measures. Also, museums restrict entry 1-hour before closing time.
  • The admission to DOGE'S PALACE is valid ONLY for the date selected at the time of purchase.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Skip-the-Line Tickets to St. Mark's Basilica

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  • With these tickets, gain skip-the-line access to St. Mark’s Basilica, the most notable religious cathedral in Venice.
  • Situated in the bustling Piazza San Marco, visit this must-see church with its 5 ornate domes, world-famous golden mosaics, and intricate sculptures.
  • The Pala d'Oro is an altar in the church known to be the world's sole example of undamaged Gothic goldsmithing, inlaid with precious gems and stones.
  • Upgrade your experience by including access to the gilded Pala d'Oro, one of the best expressions of Byzantine genius.

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  • Skip-the-line entry to St. Mark's Basilica
  • Access to Pala D’Oro (optional)
  • Audio guide (optional)
  • Tip: Plan to visit the Basilica on a weekday as crowds are sparse then, and you will comfortably be able to soak up the church in its entirety.
  • Strict Dress Code: please dress for a place of worship, and make sure your shoulders and knees are covered.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Vaporetto ACTV Water Bus Pass & Mainland Bus Tickets: 1 to 7-Day Pass

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  • Give a slip to the expensive gondola rides and travel around the City of Canals through the value-for-money ACTV Water Bus Pass, available in 1, 2, 3, and 7-day options.
  • Make the most of the unlimited use of Vaporetti (water buses) in Venice, Lido and the lagoon islands.
  • You also have access to the use of ACTV buses in Mestre and Marghera.
  • Tickets must be validated before boarding ACTV public transport. The validity of ACTV Tickets and Travelcards starts from the exact moment they are first validated.

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  • Validity: 1/2/3/7 days
  • Unlimited use of ACTV Vaporetti (water buses) in Venice, Lido and lagoon islands
  • Unlimited use of ACTV Buses in Mestre, Marghera and mainland

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  • ACTV Services from/to Marco Polo Airport, routes no. 16, 19, 21, Casinò and Alilaguna lines
  • Tip: Venice has a rich artistic heritage. Use your pass to visit art galleries, museums, and cultural institutions. From the iconic Peggy Guggenheim Collection to the contemporary art showcased during the Venice Biennale, there's always something inspiring to explore.
  • Please print your tickets before arriving. Tickets must be validated before boarding ACTV public transport.
  • The validity of ACTV Tickets and Travelcards starts from the exact moment they are first validated.
  • Included in the price of ticket is the transport of 1 luggage piece, the three dimensions of which must not exceed the sum of 150cm.
  • Please expect delays during peak hours and high seasons.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Murano & Burano Islands Day Tour with Glass Factory Visit

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  • Hop on a boat and sail across the beautiful islands of Venice! Take a day trip across the lagoon to Burano and Murano islands on this full-day trip from Venice.
  • Choose between a half-day afternoon guided tour, a round-trip shuttle transport from St. Mark's Basilica or Venice's Santa Lucia train station.
  • Witness expert master glass blowers at work at the Murano Island glass factory.
  • Enjoy the beauty of the Venetian Lagoon as you ride a boat along the Venetian Lagoon and marvel at the colorful houses.
  • Walk the colorful streets of Burano, learn about the history of glass making, and admire the beautiful houses that line the canals with a guide.

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  • Half-day afternoon guided tour of Murano & Burano (optional)
  • 4-hour tour of the islands (optional)
  • Multilingual guide
  • Murano glass factory visit with a demonstration of glass processing
  • Boat transfer between the islands
  • Free time on the islands
  • Free WiFi onboard
  • Round-trip transfers from St. Mark's Basilica/Venice train station (as per option selected)
  • Tip: Even though it is not famous as the leaning tower of Pisa the leaning bell tower is worth visiting anytime you visit Burano.
  • The tour is conducted in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and German.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Absolute Venice - Doge's Palace, St Mark's Basilica & More with Priority Access

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  • Sign yourself up for a trip down memory lane with this ticket to Venice's finest historic attractions.
  • Discover the oldest and most iconic buildings and delve into the history of it all.
  • Follow your expert tour guide for more insight about each landmark.
  • Some of the intriguing stops include Doge's Palace, St Mark's Square, St Mark's Basilica, and Santa Maria Formosa.
  • Take your pick of guided tours available in English, French, German, and Spanish.

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  • Services of expert multilingual tour guide
  • Walking tour of Venice’s famous alleys
  • Priority entry & guided tour of The Doge’s Palace
  • Priority entry & guided tour of St Mark’s Basilica
  • Personal audio device

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  • Hotel transfers
  • Food & beverages
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
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Mask Decoration Workshop in St. Mark's Square

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  • Create your own unique mask at a mask-making workshop led by an artisan instructor at the Prison Palace in Venice's heart.
  • Gain valuable lessons on painting and use different techniques under the guidance of master painters available in English, Italian, French or Spanish.
  • Choose from 50+ handmade papier-mâché masks and bring home an authentic Venetian souvenir from Venice!
  • Use glitter, paint, and various materials to adorn a traditional Venetian carnival mask, culminating in a stunning masterpiece of your own.

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  • 1-hour mask decoration workshop
  • Professional English, Italian, French or Spanish-speaking mask artisan
  • Colors and supplies
  • Tip: If using papier-mâché masks, consider pre-priming with white paint for a uniform surface and vibrant colors when painting.
  • Pets are not allowed inside the workshop.
  • People with back problems or mobility impairments might not find this activity comfortable.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.
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Venice Carnival 2024 - Italy's biggest cultural festival is here!

If you think Venice is magical, just wait till you see it all gorgeous and buzzing for one of Italy's grandest yearly carnival! It's a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors with the Venetian masks, dazzling costumes and fancy masquerade balls. The Venice Carnival of 2024, honors Marco Polo's legendary journey on the 700th anniversary of his death. The theme focuses on travel, discovery, and other fascinating worlds. Whether it's your first visit or not, our Venice Carnival guide is here for you. The fun lasts for twelve fantastic days! So, grab your mask, and let's head to the Floating City!

Things to know

  • Dates: 27 January to 13 February, 2024.
  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Theme: "To the Orient – Marco Polo's Amazing Journey," celebrating the legendary traveler.

Why visit Venice during Carnival?

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  • Magical atmosphere: Venice transforms into a fairytale world during Carnival. It's uber exciting with the mysterious figures donned in beautiful masks and colorful costumes cover the streets.
  • Time travel: Venice Carnival, rooted in the 12th century, has a rich history of celebrating Venetian victories. Despite facing decline and prohibition, the Carnival saw a revival in 1979. It's a celebration of Venice's cultural legacy in a modern context.
  • Exclusive masquerade balls: There's nothing re-defining the elegance and sophistication than the Italian masquerade balls. Grab this rare opportunity to revel in luxury, dance to melodious tunes, and create timeless memories in a glamorous setting.
  • Global gathering: Connect with like-minded travelers from around the world, adding a global touch to your Carnival experience.
  • Awesome parades: Be part of spectacular parades, from gondola processions on the Grand Canal to the iconic Flight of the Angel. Every bit of it is a sight to behold!

What to see & do at Venice Carnival?

Attend the grand opening ceremony

Attend the grand opening ceremony

Head to St. Mark's Square on 27 January, 2024, from 7 PM to 10 Pm for the grand opening where they kick off the festivities in fashion. You won't want to miss the traditional Venetian Water Festival at Rio de Cannaregio.

See the iconic Flight of the Angel

See the iconic Flight of the Angel

Be sure not to miss the breathtaking "Flight of the Angel" at the Venice Carnival on 28 January, 2024, from 10:45 AM to 12 PM. See a figure soaring from the bell tower to Tre Archi Bridge, marking a symbolic and exhilarating start to the carnival celebrations.

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Join the La Festa delle Marie Parade

Be a part of the La Festa delle Marie Parade on 3 February, 2024, from 2:30 PM to 4 PM. It's a vibrant procession from San Pietro di Castello to St. Mark’s Square, filled with lively energy, stunning costumes, and the unique charm of the Venice Carnival.

Watch the Mestre Carnival Street Show

Watch the Mestre Carnival Street Show

Make sure to catch the Mestre Carnival Street Show at Piazza Ferretto on 3 February, 2024, from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. It's a vibrant display of street performances that adds an extra dose of fun to your Venice Carnival experience!

Participate in the Best Mask Contest

Participate in the Best Mask Contest

Bring your elite artistic flair at the daily Best Mask Contest, running from February 3 to 13. Strut your beautiful mask at Ca' Vendramin Calergi Palace and St. Mark’s Square for a chance to shine. Winners secure a spot in the finals – unleash your creativity and dazzle the judges!

Experience the Flight of the Eagle

Experience the Flight of the Eagle

Witness the exhilarating Flight of the Eagle at Venice Carnival at the Campanile of St. Mark’s Square on 4 February, 2024, from 12 PM to 1 PM – a daring descent from St. Mark's Campanile, adding a unique and thrilling spectacle to the festivities.

Take Part in the Burano Carnival

Partake in the Burano Carnival

Indulge in a joyful recreation of Doge Vitale Michiel II's victory over Patriarch Ulrico of Aquileia and rebellious feudatories. On 8 February, 2024, from 3 PM to 10 PM, the island transforms into a lively stage for historical pageantry, blending tradition with a burst of colors.

Catch the Marghera Float Parade

Catch the Marghera Float Parade

Join the excitement of the Marghera Carnival Float Parade on 10 February, 2024, at Piazza Mercato. Marvel at creatively decorated floats, snazzy costumes, and a burst of imaginative themes parading through the buzzing streets. It's a colorful expression of community spirit!

Witness the Flight of the Lion

Witness the Flight of the Lion

The Flight of the Lion is a captivating finale to the Venice Carnival on 13 February, 2024, at 5 PM, at the Campanile of St. Mark’s Square, a symbolic figure of a lion, representing Venice's emblem, takes flight into the sky, bidding farewell to the vibrant celebrations until the next year.

Don't Miss Il Ballo del Doge 2024

Don't Miss Il Ballo del Doge 2024

Get set for the grand Il Ballo del Doge 2024! On February 10 at Scuola Grande della Misericordia, it's not just a party; it's an artistic & elegant extravaganza. Join a global gathering in lavish costumes for an unforgettable Carnival experience!

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Dates: 27 January - 13 February

Key events:
Flight of the Angel: 28 January (10:45 AM – 12:00 PM)
Flight of the Eagle:
4 February (12 PM - 1 PM)
Grand Opening: 27- 28 January (7 PM – 10PM)
Festa delle Marie Parade: 3 February (2:30 PM – 4 PM)
Official Venice Carnival Dinner, Show, and Ball: 15-25 February
Best Mask Contest: 3- 13 February (11 AM – 1 PM)
Il Ballo del Doge 2024: 10 February (3 PM - 5 PM)

Suggested duration: Afternoons to evenings, 3 - 4 days.

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Venice Carnival 2024 key locations:

  • St. Mark's Square: The Square is hub for major events - Opening ceremony, Best Mask Contests, and Grand Costume Mask Contest Awards Ceremony.
  • Campanile of St. Mark's Square: The bell tower is the launch site for spectacular flights - Angel, Eagle, and Lion.
  • Rio de Cannaregio: Hosts the traditional Venetian Water Festival.
  • Piazza Ferretto: Venue for the Mestre Carnival Street Show.
  • Burano: Carnival on the Burano island and Grand Final Qualifications for Best Mask Contest.
  • Piazza Mercato: Marghera Carnival Float Parade.
  • Ca’ Vendramin Calergi: Regata Sprint di Carnevale, finishing at Rialto.
  • Streets of Zelarino: 53rd Edition of the Children’s Carnival.
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  • Information centers
  • Rest areas
  • Security measures
  • Food stalls
  • Restrooms
  • First aid stations
  • Venetian mask shops
  • Public transportation
  • Venice Carnival guide services
  • Lost and found
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  • For unique and intricate masks, shop early. Venice Carnival is known for its stunning masks, and the best ones often sell out quickly.
  • While St. Mark's Square is iconic, venture into less crowded areas for a more intimate experience. Enjoy the Carnival away from the bustling crowds.
  • If you plan to attend specific events or attractions, book tickets in advance. Popular destinations can sell out quickly.
  • Embrace the Carnival spirit with a cool costume. Traditional Venetian costumes can be rented from ateliers in the city.
  • Take a break from the festivities to savor some authentic Venetian dishes at local eateries. Get a Venetian frittella, a raisin-studded fried doughnut.
  • Not all Carnival events require tickets. Keep an eye out for free street performances, parades, and open-air celebrations.
  • The final weekend is the most popular, so be prepared for large crowds. If you prefer a more relaxed experience, consider visiting earlier in the Carnival season. Also, beware of scammers and pickpockets.
  • Venice Carnival at night is a dream! Experience the charm of figures in elaborate costumes wandering through softly lit streets.
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  • Osteria Enoteca Ai Artisti: Enjoy traditional Venetian dishes and a diverse wine selection in this charming osteria.
  • Trattoria da Remigio: Indulge in hearty seafood dishes at this rustic trattoria with outdoor seating.
  • Al Nono Risorto: Savor delicious pizza and pasta at this family-run restaurant.
  • Caffe Chioggia: A delightful dining near Doge's Palace with great music and a fantastic atmosphere at Caffe Chioggia.
  • Bar Mio: Unwind after the hearty Carnival at the lively Mio with a drink, just 500 meters from Doge's Palace.

Frequently asked questions about Venice Carnival tickets

Do I need tickets to attend Venice Carnival?

While some outdoor events are free, many of the grand balls, concerts, and exclusive parties require tickets. Also, if you're visiting Venice during Carnival, it's advised to book your tickets in advance for the attractions that you're planning to see.

How do I purchase tickets for Venice Carnival events?

Tickets can be purchased online through designated platforms on site or via authorized ticketing platforms. Early booking ensures availability and sometimes offers discounts.

How do I redeem online tickets for Venice Carnival?

Follow the instructions provided upon purchasing tickets online. Ensure you have printed or electronic copies of your tickets, and bring any required identification for entry.

What is the Venice Carnival?

The Venice Carnival is a centuries-old celebration that transforms the city into a mesmerizing stage of vibrant costumes, masks, and festivities. Dating back to the 12th century, it's a unique blend of history, culture, and revelry.

When does it take place each year?

The Venice Carnival typically kicks off in late January and lasts until early February, with the exact dates varying. In 2024, it spans from January 27th to February 13th.

What makes the Venice Carnival unique compared to other carnivals worldwide?

What sets Venice apart is the elaborate, artisan-crafted masks, bringing an air of mystery. The city itself becomes a living canvas, blending its rich history with the excitement of masked balls, parades, and enchanting events.

What are the historical origins and cultural significance of the Venice Carnival?

Originating in the 12th century, the Carnival began as a victory celebration. Over time, it evolved into a period of indulgence before Lent, allowing Venetians to momentarily escape societal norms and embrace anonymity.

What are the main events and activities during the Venice Carnival?

The calendar is packed with events like the Flight of the Angel, grand parades, masquerade balls, and the Best Mask Contest. Each day offers a new spectacle, blending tradition with contemporary celebrations.

How can I participate in the masquerade tradition during the carnival?

Embrace the spirit by donning a mask and costume. You can purchase or rent them from local ateliers. It's not mandatory, but it adds to the enchantment.

Are there specific dress code requirements for attendees at the Venice Carnival?

While there's no strict dress code, costumes, especially masks, are highly encouraged. It's a chance to let your creativity shine and be part of the living art around you.

What are the most iconic Venetian masks, and where can I buy or make my own?

Masks like the Bauta, Colombina, and Medico della Peste are iconic. You can find them in local shops or attend mask-making workshops to craft your own unique piece.

Are there any age restrictions for attending certain events or activities at the carnival?

Generally, most events are family-friendly, but it's good to check individual event details. Some evening affairs may have age restrictions.

What are the best vantage points for watching the Venice Carnival parades?

St. Mark's Square and the Grand Canal offer prime viewing spots. Arrive early to secure a good position and soak in the carnival atmosphere.

Can I learn how to make Venetian masks for the carnival?

Absolutely! Many workshops in Venice offer mask-making classes. It's a fantastic way to engage with the Carnival's artistic side and create your personalized mask.

How can I navigate the crowds and get the most out of my Venice Carnival experience?

Arrive early to key events, explore lesser-known areas, and consider a vantage point along the Grand Canal for parades. Patience is key – embrace the lively atmosphere!

Are there family-friendly events and activities during the Venice Carnival?

Absolutely! Look out for events like the Flight of the Angel and the Best Mask Contest, suitable for all ages. St. Mark's Square is a great family-friendly hub.

What traditional Venetian foods and drinks should I try during the carnival?

Indulge in Venetian delights like frittelle (fried doughnuts), cicchetti (small tapas-style dishes), and don't forget to pair them with a glass of local prosecco or a Venetian spritz.

What transportation options are available to and from Venice during the carnival?

Trains, buses, and boats are common modes of transport. Plan your arrival and departure in advance and consider staying centrally for easy access to events.

How early should I plan and book my trip to Venice for the Carnival?

It's advisable to start planning and booking your trip to Venice for the Carnival a few months in advance. This allows you to secure accommodations, especially if you have specific preferences or want to stay in a central location. Additionally, planning ahead gives you the opportunity to book tickets for any exclusive events or masquerade balls you may wish to attend, ensuring you have a seamless and enjoyable experience during this vibrant celebration. Venice attracts a large number of visitors during the Carnival, so early planning ensures you don't miss out on the enchanting festivities.