Discover the spectacular sights, sounds and traditions of Carnival
Price 20 €
duration 1.5 hours
Nothing heralds the passing of winter like the Venetian Carnival, and for curious travellers the spectacular annual celebration of the city’s special spirit is a must-see. Every Spring people from across the globe descend on the floating city to take part in this unique celebration, a joyous riot of colour, sound and spectacle. Extraordinary costumes, elaborate masks and fascinating historical re-enactments all make Venice's month-long party an unforgettable experience. But what do you really know about Carnival? How has the festival evolved through history and what are the centuries-old traditions that bring it to life? What is its social and political significance in the life of the city, and why were masking rituals so beloved of Venice’s aristocracy? In a word, what is Carnival behind the mask? Come find out with our guide Giovanna on our virtual tour, and discover how vibrant Venice during Carnival is like nowhere else on earth!
Ciao! I’m Giovanna, a native Venetian. One of the few survivors, I’m afraid. The thing is, people leave thinking life is tough here. I tried to move abroad, and had amazing experiences working as a designer for the Observer and Channel 4 in the UK. But I came back home, convinced of the fact that Venice is magic. I meet people from all over the world, some of whom speak very little English. And so I’ve learnt that you can communicate beyond words whomever you may be - as an individual, as an artist, as an architect or a politician. Interacting with people from all across the world has allowed me to better understand and love my hometown. It's my pleasure and joy to make my home a little bit yours.
The world of travel might be on hold right now, but just because we're all staying at home to help the world overcome a common enemy doesn't mean we have to put our wanderlust on the back burner. Frustrated with not being able to get our travel fix, we decided to transform our award-winning tours into immersive virtual experiences, meaning you can still explore Italy’s spectacular archaeological sites and jaw-dropping museums from the comfort of your own home.
* Please note that the booking times are in US Eastern Standard Time and Rome, Italy CET is 6 hours ahead *
Fun and informative, our virtual tours take the form of online real-time presentations led by our expert guides. Combining videos, high-definition photos and more, our guides will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with you on these interactive walkthroughs of Italy’s most fascinating sites. The live format of our virtual tours means you’ll be able to ask your guide anything you wish, just like on a normal tour. We really believe it's the next best thing to being here!
If you cannot find a scheduled time for our virtual tours that work for you, please contact us directly and we would be delighted to set up a private virtual tour for you and your group.
As a sign of our gratitude to those who are on the front line fighting the Coronavirus, we would be more than happy to invite all first responders, health workers and NHS workers to join our Virtual Tours for free. Please message our office staff directly!
Please note that the proceeds from our online tours go directly to our guides, providing them with a valuable lifeline in these tough times for the world of travel. Thank you for your support!