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Learn how to decorate Venice Carnival masks in an exclusive craft workshop ... and bring home your creation!

Duration: approx. 1 hour 

Location: Venice

Why choose this experience?

1 Visit one of the oldest workshops in Venice and discover the fascinating art of Venice mask making
2 An expert artisan master will tell you interesting anecdotes and explain the various decoration techniques
3 You will choose a mask, decorate it according to your taste and following your imagination and, once the job is done ... it will be yours!

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Important information


all year, except for 25 December

Departure point:

Maschere Veneziane - Campiello San Zulian, San Marco 596

Departure time


9.30 am - 11.00 am - 12.30 pm - 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm

Languages available


Note: the tour could be bilingual


Full: €57.00

Children up to 11 year: €43.00 (only if accompanied by an adult)

approx. 1 hour
  • Painting kit
  • Course of decoration of papier-mâché masks
  • Decorated mask to take home
  • What is not specified under "Inclusions"

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures,serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute) the service you booked might be cancelled. If this should happen, you will be informed as soon as possible and, according to the type of service you booked, you will have the possibility to choose between postponing the service on the first date available or receiving a total refund of the price paid, if the cancellation policy of the service itself allows a refund.

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Full description

A not-to-be-missed experience, to be enjoyed with family or friends, which will make you experience first-hand the exclusive and fascinating art of Carnival Venetian mask-making and give you the chance to put into practice what you learned. That's right: by taking part in this Venice carnival mask making class, you will visit an ancient mask workshop in Venice, where an expert crafts master will reveal all the secrets of this traditional practice. An authentic place, in the heart of the city, which will allow you to enter the heart of Venice and discover its most intimate side.

But there is more to it: after listening to Giorgio's interesting explanations that will teach you how to make Venetian masks, you will choose one, decorate it according to you taste and take it home as a souvenir!

The Carnival masks of Venice find their origin in ancient times: as early as the 15th century, in fact, the profession of ‘mascararo’ was being practiced, this being the craftsman who made papier-mâché masks for the Carnival or for other particular occasions.
Not only did the mask make it possible to have fun and be disguised at the same time, but it was also a symbol of celebration, freedom and transgression. In the following centuries, the improper use of masks led to limitations and even to the prohibition of wearing them, but after the fall of the Venetian Republic, these rules were abolished. Nowadays, Carnival Venetian masks and typical masks go hand in hand: because, especially on the core days of the event, you can wear one and feel like a protagonist whilst parading through streets and squares ... think of the feeling of satisfaction when wearing the one you created!

Giorgio, an expert Venetian craftsman, will welcome you in his Atelier and enchant you with his stories and anecdotes about the typical masks of Venice. In fact, his family has been carrying out this traditional activity for four generations ... and so, who better than him can teach you how to make your Venetian masks? The passion for his work and the skills acquired over the years will make the experience very engaging and we are sure that you will not be able to wait to put into practice what you learned!

And it will be exactly like this: after this short course on how to paint Venetian masks, you will be able to choose one and decorate it to your liking under the careful eye of Giorgio. Once you have completed your creation, you can wear it and take it home as a souvenir!

So, are you ready to learn how to make Venetian masks? Giorgio is waiting for you in his atelier to teach you this wonderful art and make you a protagonist of the Venetian Carnival!

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