Carnival of Venice 2018

Carnival of Venice

You have probably heard about the Venice Carnival. 🙂 It is a lovely annual tradition starting always ten days before Ash Wednesday. In 2018, it is held from 27 January to 13 February.

The tradition of the Carnival has been kept for a very long time, reaching back to the 11th century. Despite the fact that there were attempts to ban the Carnival from the late 18th century, it never really happened. Since 1979 it has been held in the form we know it today.

If you decide to attend the Carnival, be prepared for two things – there are lots of people and everything is very expensive. Even more expensive than usual. 🙂

During such events, you usually spend most money on accommodation.
On the other hand, the Venice Carnival is a priceless experience. 🙂

Besides the fact that you will meet people wearing various masks and costumes at any time of the day or night, the Carnival has its own program. The most important events include the following:

The Festa Veneziana

(Saturday 27 January, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.)

The first part of the „pre-official“ opening – water parade on the Rio di Cannaregio canal.
The parade takes place twice during the evening – at 6 p.m. and at 8 p.m.

Here you can see what such a water parade looks like

The Festa Veneziana

(Sunday 28 January, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

This time, the second part of the water parade on the Rio di Cannaregio canal is taking place during daylight hours.

Festa delle Marie

(Saturday 3 February, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

The procession of the twelve „Marias“ starts at 2.30 p.m. on the island of San Pietro di Castello. Nowadays, it reminds rather of Miss Carnival that is participated by 12 Venetian girls. At 4 p.m. the procession arrives at St Mark‘s Square.

Here you can see the procession of the twelve Marias

Volo dell'Angelo (Flight of the Angel)

(Sunday 4 February, 12 a.m.)

In St Mark‘s Square, an „angel“ will fly (go down on a rope) from the top of St Mark‘s bell tower. The „angel“ is the winner of the „Festa delle Marie“ costume contest from the previous year. This event is also the official opening of the Carnival.

Here you can see last year‘s Flight of the Angel

Volo dell´Aquila (Flight of the Eagle)

(Sunday 11 February, 12 a.m.)

A week later, the Flight of the Eagle will take place in St Mark‘s Square. The eagle is represented by a famous Italian showbiz personality every year. Name for year 2018 will be published by the organizers only a few days before the event.

Last year it was Melissa Satta, an Italian TV presenter. In 2016, Saturnino Celani, one of the most famous Italian bassists, was chosen and he even played his bass guitar during his „flight“. 🙂


Here you can see last year‘s Flight of the Angel

Premiazione della Maria del Carnevale

(Tuesday 13 February, 4 p.m.)

On the last day of the Carnival, the winner of the „Festa delle Marie“ will be announced in St Mark‘s Square.

Svolo del Leon (Flight of the Lion)

(Tuesday 13 February, 5 p.m.)

An hour later, the whole Carnival will be ended with the „Flight of the Lion“. The lion is represented by the winged
Venetian lion, a symbol of Venice. Painted on a large cloth, the lion is lowered from St Mark‘s bell tower.

Here you can see the Flight of the Lion

But as I said before, you will not get bored even outside the scheduled events. There is always something to look at. 🙂

See this video to get an idea of the Carnival atmosphere

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