Hidden treasures

The Masks of the Venice Carnival

Local Traditions
Maschere-Carnevale-Venezia

The Masks of the Venice Carnival

In shop windows or stalls along the streets of Venice you can see  a myriad of masks  with different shapes and sizes. Unfortunately the ancient tradition of the masks is now almost completely disappeared: the masks we see today in Venice are almost all produced abroad, and there are only a few traditional workshops left!

Only in these rare workshops can we really understand the ancient meaning and origin of the Venetian Carnival masks: a way to abandon the rational life and follow the primordial instincts. For this reason the traditional masks of the Venice Carnival are not shiny and colourful, but simple, almost surreal, because they served to represent our lower instincts. In the past, during the Carnival in Venice, Italy, everything was legitimate: the casinos were open 24 hours a day, the theatres hosted bawdy comedies every night and in every building noble families competed in organizing the most sumptuous parties. The carnival lasted several months, from Christmas to Easter, and then there was the chance to vent the lowest instincts!

The mask allowed anyone to be able to turn freely around the city without being recognized: privacy was assured! How many love affairs were consumed during the carnival? There were never enough prostitutes and the local prostitutes were forced to call colleagues from the mainland!

Among the Carnival 'adventurers', the most famous is Giacomo Casanova! The most famous libertine in Venice loved the Carnival and all the vices connected to it. To learn about the history and places of his love affairs or to discover the most secret and most vices of Venice we suggest two fascinating and original tours: Seductive Venice private walking tour: discover ancient Venetian vices and secrets and Venice Casanova Tour: Private tour to discover Casanova sites in Venice. To discover the two itineraries and request the one you prefer please contact us!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

Latest posts

Venice: Andrea Palladio’s Tablino at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice

tablino-palladio
Big Names

More than simply the rooms where many masterpieces are exhibited, the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice are a work of art on their ow...

View

Venice: The 'Naval Battle' by Tintoretto at Doge’s Palace

Battaglia_Garda
Historical Curiosities

The ceiling of the Doge's Palace, in addition to being the largest wooden suspended ceiling in the world, is a real trove of painting m...

View

Venice: The origins of the Carnival in Venice

faliero-vitale
Local Traditions

When looking for information on the birth of the Venice Carnival, the first place to head for is St. Mark’s Basilica, the place where...

View

Verona: The Carnival in Verona

carnevale-verona
Local Traditions

When it comes to Carnival, everyone immediately thinks of Venice, but also the other cities of the Veneto region have ancient and charm...

View

Top posts

Venice: The tomb of Doge Andrea Gritti in the church of San Francesco della Vigna

Andrea_Gritti-tomba
Big Names

For the few daring visitors who decide to head to the Castello district, away from the crowds swarming around Piazza San Marco and the ...

View

Venice: Doge Pietro Tradonico and the Island of Poveglia in the Venice lagoon

poveglia-venezia
Historical Curiosities

The Island of Poveglia, in the Venice lagoon, is considered by paranormal experts as one of the world’s most haunted places, normally...

View

Padua: Donatello’s Altar in the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua

altare-donatello
Historical Curiosities

When visiting the city of Padua a not-to-be-missed monument is the magnificent Basilica dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua, a Francisc...

View

Venice: The Secret Garden of Ca 'Morosini del Giardin in Cannaregio

ca-morosini-del-giardin
Unknown places & works

Venice is a magical city for many reasons, amongst them are its many hidden gardens that few are aware of! One of the most secret and f...

View