Carnevale di Venezia – Venice Carnival 2013

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Carnevale di Venezia 2013 (Venice Carnival) runs from January 26th to February 12th. The central theme this year is ‘Vivi I Colori – Live in Colour’.  There’s no doubt that Venice is a colourful city and artists such as Canaletto, Guardi, Bellotto, Titian, Bellini and Veronese have all captured the colour of the city and the colour in the lagoon through their perspective painting.

Visitors to the pre-Lent Carnevale can expect a hive of activities in Venice, with pageants, entertainment, street performances, balls, theatre and plays.

Piazza San Marco and the Venice lagoon are where most of the Carnevale events will take place, although there are activities scattered around the city, such as the Ice Skating Village in Campo San Polo, a regular feature of Carnevale.

Carnevale Program

The Festa Veneziana announces the arrival of Carnival in the city.  This typical Venetian feast includes a big night show and a mask parade.  There is also a water parade which will sail along the Grand Canal to the folkloristic district of Cannaregio where stalls will offer traditional Carnival delicacies and Venetian specialties.

Carnevale is officially launched at midday on Sunday, February 3rd, with the traditional re-enactment of the Flight of the Angel (Volo dell’Angelo) from the top of the Campanile.  The ‘angel’ is lowered into Piazza San Marco where she pays homage to the Doge and is greeted by a cast of people in period costumes.

Some of the major Carnevale events include:

  • The Best Masked Costume Contest at Piazza San Marco
  • A walking theatre show which reveals the “Secrets of Venice”
  • Gran Teatro di Piazza San Marco
  • Ice Skating
  • Festa delle Marie
  • The Colours of Music – Abba Gold

For the complete program and making bookings for ticketed events, see the Carnevale website.

Event : Carnevale di Venezia 2013
Dates : January 26 – February 12, 2013
Venue: Piazza San Marco (main venue), Venezia

Carnevale Operas and Concerts

Venice Hotels

Venice is flooded with visitors during Carnevale so it is a good idea to book your hotel as early as possible. Some of the better hotels on the Grand Canal and Piazza San Marco may already be fully booked.
For the complete list of Venice hotels see Here.

Airport and Cruise Port Transfers

For your airport arrival and departure transfers and cruise port transfers see Here.

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