The Carnival of Venice

Detour from Rome

Every year in the month of February, Venice comes alive to celebrate The Carnival of Venice (Carnevale di Venezia). This year, the events will run from February 18 – 28th, including parades, art gallery openings, musical shows, costume competitions and historical traditions. Highlights include the ‘Waiting for the Carnival Angel’ at Piazza San Marco and the nightly masked balls.

The history of Carnival in Venice dates back to the 17th century. Although it was a popular event, the festival was outlawed in 1797 and the use of masks were forbidden. It wouldn’t be until 1979, with the help of the Italian government that the traditional Carnival would return as a yearly occurrence.

For more information visit Carnevale Venezia

Getting there

After arriving in Rome, you can reach Venice by high speed train from Roma Termini to Venezia Santa Lucia. Advanced bookings highly recommended.