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Carnival of Venice
February 2-14, 2013


Serenissima - Venice hosts one of the oldest and most famous Carnival celebrations. It's a fun time to visit Venice, Italy

Carnival of Venice
— Mardi Gras Celebration

Venice is home to one of the oldest and most famous Carnival celebrations in the world — it began in the 15th century. Known as the Serenissima, the Carnival of Venice draws millions of visitors from around the globe — it's a FUN time to visit!

Carnival starts approximately two weeks before Ash Wednesday (first day of Lent) and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday.

Venice is famous for its beautiful masks (store windows are filled with them), so if you're visiting during Carnival, be sure to pick up one of the city's creative masterpieces — it makes a great memento of your trip and a fun gift for your friends back home.

Carnival - Mardi Gras mask

Carnival masks can also be used again as a costume for Carnival, Mardi Gras and Halloween parties.

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Carnival of Venice

Fun Day Trips from Venice
Island of Murano Glass Museum
Visit Museo Vetrario (also known as the Glass Museum) in nearby Murano, located about a mile north of Venice. Murano is famous the world over for its glassmaking — there are more glass masters here than any place on earth.

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Carnival - Mardi Gras in Venice, Italy

Carnival - Mardi Gras Mask

Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

Take a Romantic Gondola Ride along Venice's Grand Canal

View of Doge's Palace and Venice

Fun Venice Sightseeing Tours and Day Trips
If you're visiting Venice during Carnival, take a Walking Tour and have fun exploring this magnificent city on the water. And if you have time, plan a Fun Day Trip from Venice and explore other parts of Italy.

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