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Attend Carnival Venice by Private Plane


Don a mask and a step back into the Venice of yesteryear at Carnival, Italy’s most glamorous party.

The Venice Carnival originally dates back to 1094, when it was held as a public celebration to honor the days leading up to Lent. Venetians would throw parties to go through all their rich foods and drinks before Ash Wednesday. In the years that followed, the little celebrations grew into the joyful masked festival we now know as Carnival.

As one of the more popular European festivals of the year, the Carnival should be on your list of things to do if you’re visiting the surrounds. This year, the event runs from 11th to 28th February and includes over 40 events. We’ve listed the key dates below.

Grand Opening of the 2017 Venice Carnival

Date: 11 February at 6:00pm with an encore at 8:00pm

Location: Canale di Cannaregio

Tickets: Free. No tickets required.

The ‘Festa Veneziana’ officially opens the Carnival. The show combines music, lights, drama and dance along the banks of the Cannaregio.

Volo dell’Angelo

Date: 19 February at 12:00pm

Location: St. Mark’s Square

Tickets: Free. No tickets required.

The Flight of the Angel dates back to the Serenissima period. When the clock strikes 12:00pm, an acrobat jumps off of the San Marco bell tower and flies along a zipline to the middle of St. Mark’s Square. Be sure to arrive at 11:00am to secure a spot.

Ballo Tiepolo Masquerade Ball

Date: 23 February at 8:00pm

Location: Palazzo Pisani Moretta

Tickets: Tickets cost €596 and are available here.

The glamorous Ballo Tiepolo will transport you to 18th century Venice. The ball takes place at the Palazzo Pisani Moretta, where guests are treated to cocktails and and a candlelight dinner with performances by singers, dancers and an orchestra. The real party starts after dinner, when dance maestros teach basic dance steps from the 18th and 19th centuries. A period costume is required.

Il Ballo del Doge Masquerade Ball

Date: 25 February at 8:30pm

Location: Palazzo Pisani Moretta

Tickets: Tickets range in price from €800 to €2,500 and are available here.

The most exclusive ball at the Venice Carnival, Il Ballo del Doge is the ticket to get. Held at the historic Palazzo Pisani Moretta, the ball has been described by Vanity Fair as “one of the most exclusive parties in the world.” Organised by Antonia Sautter, one of the best-known period costume designers – her pieces are in the film Eyes Wide Shut – the event features a gourmet dinner, performances and dancing. A period costume is required.

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