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Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class in Venice, Italy
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Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class in Venice, Italy

By Venice Tours Srl
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About
Venice is known for its beautiful decorative masks, and this hands-on experience gives you the opportunity to make your own. The lesson is led by a master artisan, so you learn about the Venetian Carnival traditions and special techniques that have been perfected in Venice over many years. Then, fire up your artistic skills to create your own mask to take home.
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Ages 0-99, max of 4 per group
Duration: 1h 15m
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Live guide: English, Italian, French, Spanish
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Highlights
  • Enjoy a Venice Carnival mask-making class with a master artisan
  • Remember your Venice trip with a special souvenir—take the mask home
  • No need to bring anything with you—all materials are provided
  • A small group means more attention from your instructor

  • Course of decoration (you will keep the decorated mask)
  • All necessary paints and supplies
  • Live commentary
  • Entry/Admission - Piazza San Marco
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup


Start:Multiple meeting point options.
  • Option 1
    San Marco 596 Venetian Masks, P.za San Marco, 598, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
    Facing the Church of San Zulian, pass its façade on the left and you have reached “Campiello San Zulian”. The laboratory is in the opposite corner on your left.
  • Option 2
    Circolo Artistico - Palazzo Delle Prigioni, Riva degli Schiavoni, 4209, 30122 Venezia VE, Italy
    Prison Palace is close to San Marco Square beside Doge's Palace. Do not go to the entrance of Doge's Palace, to get to the Prisons Palace cross the bridge on the right side of the entrance of the Doge's Palace.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 21441P34

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide (in these cases it can be postponed the days after otherwise it will be refunded)
    • On certain dates, most travelers staying outside of Venice who are planning to visit for the day will be required to pay a €5 access fee. For further details (including exemptions) and to learn what days this fee is applicable, please visit: https://cda.ve.it
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class in Venice, Italy?
    Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class in Venice, Italy price starts from €69.22. Discover and book Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class in Venice, Italy on Tripadvisor
    What is the Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class in Venice, Italy cancellation policy?
    Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class in Venice, Italy cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class in Venice, Italy on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class in Venice, Italy?
    Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class in Venice, Italy is hosted by Venice Tours Srl. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Venice Tours Srl on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class in Venice, Italy on Tripadvisor
    How much time do I need for Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class in Venice, Italy?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 1h 15m. Discover and book Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class in Venice, Italy on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 21441P34

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    Karolyn M
    10 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020 • Friends
    It was a nice small group with a good selection of mask types and paints to choose from. We learned a little bit about the history of the masks. The work shop also sold masks so was busy with customers too impacting a bit on the amount of help we were able to get. However we were pleased with the customised end result, lovely souvenir.
    Written 17 February 2020
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    Dear, thank you for the review, we will take note about your suggestion. Best regards
    Written 18 February 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    jsrefugee
    Nashville, TN9 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked the Mask painting workshop through Venice tours and received an email confirmation. When we arrived at the appointed time, the owners told us the time Venus tours booked us for was not available and they had notified Venus that the tour was cancelled. We tried messaging and calling but we're told they could not help us because "Dotravel" made the booking. Dotravel does not list a telephone number and subsequent messages and phone calls to Venus tours went unanswered. We had to dispute the charge with our credit card company. We only had a couple of days in Venus with 12 year old children and this was one of the few things they wanted to do. Venus Tours ruined our last day in Venice. Would never recommend them to anyone.
    Written 12 October 2021
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    Dear Client, I'm so sorry for the inconvenience. After checking, I inform you that unfortunately, Do Travel booked an activity we (Venice tours, local provider) closed a few months ago, in fact, when we noted the reservation, we immediately contacted Do travel in order to cancel it for free and refund you. Probably Do Travel didn't cancel it and the reservation has been kept anyway even if for us it's not working anymore.
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    Twomaples
    Canada493 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A family owned and run business Nicolai makes welcome a small group of about 3 budding artists into his workshop full of beautifully hand crafted masks. You have your choice from a wide variety of blank masks and 2 or 3 paint colours. He quickly sketched a grid onto your mask and instructs you how to use the paint. Every mask I saw while I was there was different and every one turned out well. Nicolai put the finishing touches on each mask at the end and they quickly dried under a small fan. A discount was offered on purchases made at the workshop and they were carefully wrapped. A relaxing activity with a positive outcome, I highly recommend this activity.
    Written 2 February 2024
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    Thanks for your kind review
    Written 14 February 2024
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    PurpleLady28
    London, UK19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    This was the highlight of our weekend trip to Venice. An authentic shop decorating authentic paper mache masks. The class takes place in same. The instructor and his boys were super informative. I wouldn't think too much about whether to book this. Just do it!!!
    Written 17 February 2020
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    Dear, thank you very much. The mask master will be glad to hear such nice words. Best regards
    Written 18 February 2020
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    Jennifer C
    West Melbourne, FL171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This class was the highlight of our 2 week vacation for my 7 year old. She loved everything about the class and wanted to paint more masks. She would have gone back every day if I had allowed her to. The owners of the shop arrived very patient and explained the history of Carnival to us while we waited. I cannot recommend this experience highly enough!
    Written 6 July 2021
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    Dear, thank you very much for your wonderfull review. We are glad to know that you and your child enjoyed the carnival workshop! Best regards
    Written 6 July 2021
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    Luac84
    Brighton, UK564 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022
    Booked via Viatour, its a little tricky to find but hey its Venice! :)

    Once we arrived we were asked to choose a mask and asked to choose colours, we got told the history of the Venetian masks which was very interesting.

    Its nice to have a break and get away from the hustle of Venice in this small workshop, there are also some amazing masks you can purchase from the shop.

    The shop was still open to the public which at times was a little irritating as we were trying to listen to the history and had to stop while customers came in, the workshop is small so can only really fit a few people inside so its a bit awkward when the public comes in and you are sitting there on a tour.

    Overall this is a great place to visit and we were both really pleased with our masks, make sure to ask for glaze over the top for an extra 2 euros it makes all the difference! This is suitable for adults and children of all ages.
    Written 20 May 2022
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    Thanks for the review
    Written 26 May 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    onamauihi
    Fuquay-Varina, NC215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just prior to our appt time, we stopped at a cafe nearby to have breakfast ( a pastry and a drink) while there, the shopkeeper stopped in for his breakfast too.
    If you have google maps, just follow that for the address. It got us there with ease. He happened to be sitting outside in his office waiting for my hubby and me. We were the only ones in his early morning class. Cute shop and nice artist. He truly is an artist and once you as what he does with your masks you’ll understand. We were pretty happy with ours but he really makes them beautiful with his added touch. Turns out it was his 42nd wedding anniversary that day. It was our 36th. Anyway we did the photos of course but while we painted he explained a lot more about which masks were made and what they symbolized. Really interesting history too.
    We had the best time. I booked this for my husband and me and wasn’t sure how much he’d like it but as it turns out, Tony had a really good time. Made me happy to know he enjoyed it too. It’s a small shop but you can probably get about 5 people in there without a problem.
    I hope you enjoy your time non Venice. This was such a nice way to start our visit. He is highly recommended
    Written 14 October 2023
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    Thanks for your kind review
    Written 20 October 2023
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    Josephine Y
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2023 • Couples
    My husband and I loved painting masks! It was one of the highlights of our trip. Giorgio and his son Nicolò were patient, knowledgeable, and entertaining. You can save a lot of money by booking your class directly through the shop's website (just google the shop's name).
    Written 9 May 2023
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    Thanks for your kind review
    Written 11 May 2023
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    Stefunkah
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022 • Family
    I did it with my 10 year old and 5 year old siblings and it was so fun. First you choose a mask to paint (there is a good variety), then choose some colours, the man will rule the mask up for you and you paint! The people are very helpful and explain everything very well. When you have finished painting your instructor will ask if you want gold, silver or white decorations (depending on the colours you pick to paint your mask) and will paint on some beautiful little decorations. Totally recommend, do it if you can!!!
    Written 31 December 2022
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    Thanks for your kind review
    Written 2 January 2023
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    Mohr
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Three of us put our creative talents to work (or lack thereof) and came out with something to take home as a keepsake. Quaint little shop for cozy experience. Owner would answer questions and in the end made our mistakes disappear!
    Written 29 May 2022
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    Thanks for your kind review
    Written 1 June 2022
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