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What to do in Venice during Carnival 2024

If you are planning a trip to Venice during Carnival, here are some things to do to make the most of this experience.

The Venice Carnival 2024, one of the largest parties in the world, begins on January 27th and will last until February 13th 2024.

As usual, there are lots of things to do, like dressing up and going to a ball and visiting all the major tourist attractions and sites. There are other fun things to do in Venice during Carnival, here are some suggestions:

  • Attend a classical music concert;
  • Visit the glassmakers on the island of Murano;
  • Visit a mask manufacturer;
  • Participate in a treasure hunt.

Main dates to know of Carnival 2024

Here are the main dates of Carnival 2024:

Shrove Thursday: 8 February 2024
Carnival Sunday 2024: 11 February 2024
Shrove Tuesday: 13 February 2024
Ash Wednesday: 13 February 2024

Classical music concert

concerto di musica classica a venezia

Venice is famous for its classical music and opera. So much so that it was called the Republic of Music during the Middle Ages, when it was a nascent state. And Venice has that peculiar trait of many port cities: everyone seems to be an amateur, or professional, musician or singer.

If you love classical music, a concert in Venice is an unmissable opportunity. The city has a long and rich history of classical music and there are many venues to choose from.

Whether you’re looking for a small, intimate performance or a grand, lavish event, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes. And of course, no visit to Venice without attending a classical music concert. Listening to classical music in one of the most beautiful cities in the world is a magical experience.

So, if you are planning a trip to Venice, be sure to add a classical music concert to your itinerary. You will not regret it.

Visit the glassmakers on the island of Murano

vetraio professionista - lavorazione del vetro di murano

Venetians have been professional glassmakers for over 1,500 years, that’s longer than they have had Carnival, so they must be pretty good. For a nice day trip during the Venice Carnival 2024, why not take a boat bus from the city to Murano,  home of glass making in Venice.

There are several of them, ranging from different locations in the city to the island. Depending on where you are it could take around 40 minutes to an hour to reach Murano. Some of the bus boat routes pass by Cemetery Island, which is also worth taking a few shots.

Once you arrive in Murano, you can wander around at your leisure and dare to check out some of the local glass factories/studios,  if you wish. But be careful, if you ask for a demonstration of their skills, they will try to sell you some of their excellent handcrafted products! Depending on the day, there will also be Carnival-related events.

Visit a mask manufacturer

tipica maschera veneziana

The venetian mask-makers are true artists and the online reviews are real showdowns depending on how good you dare to look. We suppose it depends on the day you visit them: you know how fickle and capricious artists can be.

But, if you are not overly sensitive, a visit to a mask atelier is especially appropriate to do during the Venice Carnival 2024. They will work hard, but you may be in a better mood than usual given that it is Carnival time.

Treasure hunt in Venice

Scorcio sulla città di Venezia e i suoi canali

So there are some crazy non-decadent party things to do during Venice Carnival 2024.

There are obviously lots of things to do at Carnival, such as dressing up in “Midnight in Venice” style, experiencing it like an 18th century Venetian and visiting places with an Easter or Lenten atmosphere.

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