Carnival Venice - the city, the canals, burst into life with colour, live shows and a truly amazing indescribable atmosphere. So say goodbye to those winter blues, pack your Venetian Masks, and join in with one of the most historic carnivals ever!
What’s in store; -
This period has been chosen due to the many carnival festivals that will be taking place & your hosts will be at hand to advise.
“Festal dell Marie” - This festival is where twelve “Marias” will be introduced to the crowd’s s during a colourful parade walking through the narrow streets of Venice. This traditional festival dates back to ancient times, during the period of the Venetian Doge (sometimes translated as Duke), where, every year twelve humble Venetian girls paraded the Doge! The Doge in return then offered magnificent jewels as a bridal dowry. Nowadays, it’s all about the opportunity to admire the traditional Venetian period costumes, and you can join in the fun and street atmosphere. www.festadellemarie.com
“Flight of the Angel” - this is a traditional event that goes back to the Serenissima period where an unknown guest of Venice use to fly along a rope from San Marco bell tower to the middle of the square, offering homage to the Doge. This time many centuries later it will for sure be fun and we will be in the heart of the city to see this event. The winner of the 2020 Festa delle Marie” (Marie contest), will be announced!
During the heart of the carnival this most magical of cities fills with a mass of masked party-goers , posing, dancing ,singing and it’s all quite surreal, it’s a re-invention of one of the most historical traditions dating back to the 1700’s.
As always with our partners at Wings, it’s going to be an adventure and this experience is about joining in, having lots of fun and laughs along the way! Visiting Venice at this time as you would expect, the locals are crazy happy, so expect it to be buzzing, alive and full of life, it’s show time and a level of spontaneity is required - as each street and canal leads to something new.
The Venetian Galleon -
This adventure includes a candlelit dinner in the enchanting atmosphere of a 17th century Venetian Galleon/ to include a bespoke fine dining menu while navigating among the islands of the Venetian lagoon. Splendid views of Saint Marco’s square and more.
· 5 courses with wines which is prepared with seasonal products by the Chef on board.
· Panoramic navigation between the islands of: Venice, Murano, Burano, Torcello, Sant 'Erasmo, San Francesco del Deserto, San Giorgio.
· Aperitif with Prosecco di Valdobbiadene on arrival
· White / red wine as per the menu
Dietary options are available
Please note that your hosts will be at hand during this experience and can advise and organise many optional tours, of which can be the famous Casino di Veneza. (Free of charge), or the famous markets of Venice, and many more activities can be proposed.
Venice at night acquires an aura of magic and mystery, secret canals, bridges, buildings glowing with hanging chandeliers, street lanterns, or of course you are free to take the local public transport and browse up and down the Grand Canal.
Whilst Andrea at WingsItaly is Venetian, he is expecting this period to be even more Italian than normal, buzzing with excitement and one of the best parts of this carnival is, you really don’t know what’s coming next! Therefore inorder to fully enjoy this experience your hosts kindly ask that you join in with the Venetian Carnival spirit, Venetian Masks, Capes and of course any item of traditional Venetian carnival costume will be very much appreciated, it’s not mandatory though, it’s just for fun!