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Venice Carnival 2024

Venice Carnival 2024 in Venice.

Jan 27, 2024 → Feb 13, 2024

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Your Ultimate Guide to the Venice Carnival 2024

Put on Your Mask and Get Ready with us for Venice Carnival 2024

Immerse yourself in a world of vibrant colors, elaborate costumes, and enchanting music at the Venice Carnival 2024. This historical event, known as "Carnevale di Venezia," is a spectacle that transforms the city into a magical stage of festivities.

This year's theme for the carnival season, "To the Orient: Marco Polo's Amazing Journey," commemorates the 700th anniversary of the legendary traveler's death, inviting us to dive into the magic of his adventures and the enduring allure of Venice.

The 2024 theme focuses on travel, discovery, and encounters with previously only imagined worlds. From January 27th to February 13th, Venice will be alive with masked balls, parades, and performances, making it a must-visit destination for any travel enthusiast.

The 2024 Venetian Carnival: Highlights and Unmissable Events

Grand Opening Ceremony

The Venice Carnival will kick off with the traditional Venetian Water Festival at Rio de Cannaregio. Because these events are very popular, with both tourists and locals, we recommend you arrive at least one to two hours before the start.

Spectacular Water Show

The Water Show signals the official start. It's a show which promises a captivating spectacle, featuring a stunning array of water performances, costumes, Venetian masks, and enchanting music.

The Flight of the Angel

Experience the Flight of the Angel, where an acrobat will soar through the sky. It's an unmissable event which will take place from the Campanile of St. Mark’s Square.

Being one of the most popular free Venice Carnival events, it can get very crowded, so be there before the starting time and wear something comfortable on your feet in case you need to stand for a long time. Also, don't miss the Flight of the Eagle, Flight of the Donkey, and Flight of the Lion, each event bringing a different spectacle.

Contest for Best Venetian Masks

Daily competition at St. Mark’s Square.

A Historic Celebration: The Roots of Venice Carnival

The Venice Carnival dates back to the 11th century, an annual event that allowed Venetians to indulge in festivities and masquerades before the solemn period of Lent. Originally, it was a moment of celebration uniting noblemen and commoners alike, regardless of status.

Who knows how many people went out in hiding decades ago, in the hope of seeing the person they love, but with whom they can't have an open affair because of social status? Additionally, wearing a mask was almost a requirement, with masks donned for nearly seven months annually, from October until Ascension Day.

Today, it brings people from all around the world together. It is a grand celebration that attracts millions of visitors every year. The city itself, with its grand canals, ornate architecture, and charming gondolas, provides the perfect backdrop for this extravagant affair.

A Taste of Venice

Venice's culinary scene is as rich and diverse as its history. During the Venetian carnival, you can indulge in traditional treats like "frittelle", sweet fried dough balls, and "galani," crispy pastries. Pair these with a glass of Prosecco for a truly Venetian experience. While you're in Italy, the home of the world's best pizza, don't shy away from trying out their specialties. However, be wary that the best dough is handmade. Our tip is to stay away from pizza with a frozen base, so don't be afraid to ask them about their pizza-making process.

Dazzling Masquerade Balls and Themed Parties

The highlight of the Venice Carnival is undoubtedly the costumes and Venetian masks. Each year, participants compete in the 'Best Mask Contest,' showcasing their creativity and craftsmanship. Whether you choose to participate for the title of best Venetian mask, or just observe, the sight of these elaborate costumes against the backdrop of Piazza San Marco is truly breathtaking. Incidentally, 95% of visitors wear masks and traditional carnival costumes, representing the true magic of the festival.

Music and Atmosphere

The air in Venice during the carnival is electric. Traditional music echoes through the streets, and impromptu performances add to the festive atmosphere. The grand finale, "Il Ballo del Doge," is a dinner show not to be missed, featuring a spectacular display of music, dance, and theater.

Venice Carnival Bag Policy

When visiting Saint Mark's Basilica, no rucksacks or large bags are allowed. The bag policies for other places vary and are sometimes not disclosed online, so be sure to leave your belongings somewhere safe!

Why Bounce Luggage Storage is Convenient at Venice Carnival 2024

Navigating the crowded streets of Venice during the carnival can be challenging, especially with luggage in tow. That's where Bounce comes in. As the largest luggage storage platform, Bounce offers secure, short-term storage facilities worldwide, including Venice.

Drop off your bags at one of our local partner locations - be it a souvenir shop, hotel, or café - and enjoy the carnival hassle-free. With Bounce, you can immerse yourself in the festivities knowing your belongings are safe. Plus, our friendly 24/7 customer support is always ready to assist you. Remember, we keep your stuff safe, you get your day back!

Things To Do in Venice

Venice's uniqueness lies in its maze-like, picturesque streets and its dominance of waterways, being entirely encircled by water. This magical city consists of 121 islands linked by 435 bridges, set apart from the Adriatic Sea by a Venice lagoon and a chain of islands. If you plan on visiting Venice, don’t stay only for a week-end! There are so many things to see, so use your time well while you're there.

Explore St. Mark's Square

St. Mark's Square, or Piazza San Marco, is the heart of Venice. Visit the iconic St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, and the Campanile bell tower for breathtaking views of the city.

Take a Gondola Ride

A gondola ride along the Grand Canal is a quintessential Venetian experience. Marvel at the city's stunning architecture as you glide through its waterways.

Visit the Marco Polo House

Step back in time and visit the house of the famous explorer Marco Polo. This historical site offers a glimpse into Venice's past.

Enjoy Venetian Cuisine

From fresh seafood to traditional pasta dishes, Venetian cuisine is a gastronomic delight. Don't miss the chance to try "cicchetti," Venice's version of tapas.

See You in Venice?

Venice Carnival 2024 promises to be an unforgettable experience. From the historical significance of the event to the vibrant atmosphere, there's something for everyone. And with Bounce's convenient luggage storage service, you can enjoy the carnival of Venice without worry. So, pack your carnival masks, prepare your palate, and get ready for a Venetian adventure. See you in Venice!

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All you need to know

  • What is the theme for Venice Carnival 2024?

    This year's theme for the carnival season, "To the Orient: Marco Polo's Amazing Journey," commemorates the 700th anniversary of Marco Polo's death. The 2024 theme focuses on travel, discovery, and encounters with previously only imagined worlds.

  • What are the dates for Carnival 2024?

    From January 27th to February 13th, Venice will be alive with masked balls, parades, and performances, making it a must-visit destination for any travel enthusiast.

  • Is it worth going to Venice Carnival?

    Absolutely, going to the Venice Carnival is worth it! The city is always charming, and the carnival brings a unique buzz. It's a blast to dress up in your chosen costume, whether you go for elegance or humor. With its rich history, famous masks, and a tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages, the Carnival today draws around 3 million visitors each year. So, book your stay early and dive into this captivating event!

  • What are the best days for Venice Carnival?

    The Carnevale di Venezia wraps up on Shrove Tuesday ("Martedì Grasso") or Mardi Gras, and that's when Venice is at its liveliest. The last weekend of the carnival is packed with great events, so if you're okay with a bit of a crowd, it's the best time to see the city in full swing.

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