Become a Venetian on one of our luxury Venice Carnival packages. With your private atelier appointment you will leave in your stunning period costume, feeling like a VIP.
We have a range of carnival balls which all offer something different depending on what is your main focus. The Tiepolo Ball is for the traditionalists, whereas the Mascheranda Ball for the party-seekers. Both provide a wide variety of entertainment including singers, dancers, acrobats, magicians and plenty more.
We are the only UK company to provide costume hire throughout your trip, along with having access to these top level ball tickets.
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The Mascheranda Ball is a party like no other. Be attentively dressed by the one of the finest atelier's in Venice, before you arrive in all your finery for the ball.
If tradition is top of your Venice Carnival package requirements, then the Tiepolo Ball is the one to choose. Learn from the Master of Dance traditional dances including the ...Click for More Details
Il Ballo del Doge is the carnival ball for those wanting a top level VIP experience. Be dressed in one of Antonia Sautter's intricate costumes, before attending the most ...Click for More Details
From the picking up by our own water taxi we were made to feel special. The hotel went out of their way to make our stay special. We loved the costumes and the Tiepolo ball was excellent and all in all made for an unforgettable experience. All of our friends were very jealous when we showed them all the pictures. We will certainly look for similar trips in the future based on this experience.
We had a wonderful time. All the itinerary arrangements worked like clockwork. The costumes and the service provided were excellent. We very much enjoyed both the events. The seats we had at the Ball were probably the best!! The hotel staff exceeded our expectations.
Luxury Venice Carnival Trips
The Venice Carnival is the perfect excuse for a superb party which can be achieved by you attending a Venice Carnival Masquerade Ball! Every year Venice kick-starts the season in either February or March (Easter dependent), with a two week long Venice Carnival celebration.
Venice Carnival dates back to 1162 when the crowd gathered in St Marks Square to celebrate the victory of Venice against the Patrarch of Aquileia. Venice Carnival grew and developed in time and became most famous for its Venice Carnival events in the 18th Century. However the Holy Roman Emperor decided in 1797 that Venice Carnival should be outlawed and masks were banned as they were considered to encourage lascivious behaviour.
It only slowly came back in the 19th Century at private feasts, until 1979 when the government officially reintroduced the Venice Carnival.
Venice Carnival now begins with The Flight of the Angel in St Mark’s Square often on the weekend before Shrove Thursday. This event goes back to the mid 16th Century when a Turkish acrobat tight-rope walked from a boat to the top of St Marks Tower and then along to the Doge’s Palace in honour of the Doge. The crowds were wowed by this feat and it was called the “Flight of the Turk” and became an annual event.
Its name was changed to “Flight of the Angel” when the acrobat of the year dressed up as an angel and was lowered down by rope. However the event was then banned at the fall of the Republic around 1797 until 2001 when it was reintroduced as the first annual Venice Carnival event.
After this Venice Carnival event Venice comes alive with colours and stunning costumes and attending one of the Venice Carnival Balls in historical costume is truly a special occasion to remember forever.
Before experiencing a Venice Carnival Masquerade Ball we recommend you take to promenading in costume. St Mark’s Square is the Number 1 place to be seen and admired by tourists who will want to take your photo. Be dressed in the best finery by one of Venice’s outstanding costume houses before attending a stunning Venetian Carnival Ball. It is rare to have the costumes long enough to be able to promenade on more than one occasion, but all of our Venice Carnival packages include time to do just that, so by the time the Venice Carnival Masquerade ball evening comes along, you will feel like you were born to wear these costumes!
Currently we offer three Venice Carnival Masked Ball options.
The first is the Tiepolo Ball which is for all the traditional dancers out there. Whether you are new to period dancing or a connoisseur, with the Master of Dance, you will get to learn the traditional popular dances of the time including the Cotillon and Minuetto, which you can then enjoy with your partner for the rest of the evening. You will feel very elegant as you dance in your historical costume in such special and atmospheric surroundings. This Venice Carnival Masked Ball is particularly popular with our more mature clients as it is a little bit more sedate.
You will be surrounded by dancers, singers, magicians, acrobats and so much more, from the minute you arrive until you depart. With a stunning meal showcasing the best of Venetian traditional cuisine, the evening will rush by!
Be seated either in the main hall or in one of the more intimate side rooms for your dining experience, before everyone joins the main hall for dancing.
If however you are more into your more lively parties, then the Mascheranda Ball at the Venice Carnival will be your first choice. This combines all the beauty of the Tiepolo Ball with plenty more. As well as excellent dining and time to learn the period dances, you are also asked to help judge the competitions of the night. Will you be the one to provide the casting vote over the successful applicant winning ‘Casanova of the Night’ , or perhaps you will win an award yourself! After traditional dancing, you have time with the DJ to dance freestyle as the clock strikes the early hours.
Built in the 15th Century for the Bembo family it soon became the residence of the noble Pisani family. Modified over time but many of the interior decorations date back to the 18th Century. Famous historical guests include Tsar Paul I of Russia, The Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II, and the first wife of Napolean Empress Joséphine, so you know this is going to be something special! The Venice Carnival Masquerade Balls look to recreate the Venice Carnival splendour of the 18th Century.
Palazzo Pisani Moretta is not normally open to the public and is situated on the Grand Canal. There is no better way to arrive at one of these Venice Masked Balls than by water taxi. As you enter this stunning candlelit Palazzo, you will be blown away by the array of entertainment, atmosphere and fantastic frescos including some by Tiepolo himself.
For those wanting to do the Venice Carnival Masquerade Ball once only, and to do it first class, then Il Ballo del Doge is the one to choose. With award winning acts and refined elegance, this is the Venice Carnival ball of choice for the VIPs and celebrities, meaning you don’t know who you could be sitting next to when you are all in full mask and historical costume! Previous guests have included the crème de la crème from Hollywood, various European and Asian royal families and leaders in global finance. It is impossible to be overdressed for this event!
After your fantastic meal, you are free to wander and explore with the show happening in front of you. Expect some amazing sets as this is quintessential Il Ballo del Doge, where every refinement has been considered and indulged fully. This is considered one of the most sumptuous and exquisite evenings of the year and one of the most exclusive parties in the world. Expect a great mix of entertainment such as Opera Singers, Burleque artists and acrobats and characters from Commedia dell’Arte.