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The history of the Venice Carnival goes far beyond the colorful and identity-hiding masks. Join us on this walking tour to learn about the medieval origins of this iconic festival.

The history of the Venice Carnival goes far beyond the colorful and identity-hiding masks. Join us on this walking tour to learn about the medieval origins of this iconic festival.

Venecian Carnival Tour

A passing glance. Fleeting. Seductive. Faces hidden behind beautiful multicolored masks. The ability to observe without being seen. Suggestive, but friendly. Flirting with a veiled identity. The Venice Carnival has its own set of social codes that make this celebration on the banks of the legendary canals one of the most popular in the world. But what is the exact origin of this festival that is celebrated each year just before Lent? Join us for a walking tour starting in Campo San Giovanni e Paolo square to learn about its exciting history.

During our unique guided tour of Venice, we'll visit the sestieri of Castello and San Marco. Walking through these neighborhoods, we'll be transported back in time to the Middle Ages. Back to a time when this festival of pagan origin was created and then evolved until, in the 13th century, the nobility began to dress up in costume to mingle with commoners. As we meander through the narrow streets along the canals, we'll discuss the most significant events that led to the immense popularity of the celebration up to this day.

In the 18th century, the Venice Carnival reached its height of grandeur. We'll observe different shop windows and Venetian mask stalls to learn more about the history and the eighteenth-century aristocrats who decided to dress up so that they could enjoy the celebrations without anyone knowing what their real identity was. Among these nobles, one stood out above all others. Diplomat, philosopher, cellist, and, above all, seducer (he had some 130 love affairs), the libertine Giacomo Casanova certainly made the best of the carnival.

After revealing some anecdotes and secrets about Casanova and other famous figures who contributed to popularizing the Venetian carnival, our tour will come to an end in the San Marco district, near the historic Rialto Bridge.

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Price

Per person
Tour in English
US$ 20.60

Tour in English

  • Per person

    US$ 20.60

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Covid-19 Measures

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A safe distance of one metre between clients will be maintained whenever possible.

The use of masks is obligatory. The client must bring their own mask.

All those running the service (guide, driver etc...) will wear a mask throughout its duration.

Alcoholic drinks are not available.

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Duration

1 hour 30 minutes.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English and Spanish.

Included

English–speaking guide

When to book?

You can book up until 10 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Not wheelchair accessible.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.

No printing of documentation required.

Pets

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

  • Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?

    A - This activity requires a minimum of 4 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.

If you have any other questions please contact us .

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.

Meeting point

Campo San Giovanni e Paolo square

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