Italy is all about food, fun and festivals. During the summer months, numerous festivals take place around the country and one of the best is Venice’s Carnevale, which began in 1162 and is one of Europe’s biggest celebrations of art, food and culture.
Carnevale at Venetian and Palazzo premiered in 2012, and this year has expanded to feature 300 experiences throughout the summer.
Guests can enjoy special daily events like The Masquerade, a nightly show that features masked Carnevale characters.
Light of Venice – A 3D Light Projection Fantasy turns the façade of The Venetian into a canvas for a 3D light and music show, featuring state-of-the-art digital mapping technology. At The Neon Olympiad at the Bourbon Room each night you can indulge in an ’80s-inspired party.
During Carnevale, fashionistas can also enjoy showcases from some of the retailers in the Grand Canal Shoppes from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Palazzo’s waterfall atrium. On June 20, catch a show from Canyon Beachware. Bikini Bay is featured July 4; DVF on July 18; Banana Republic on August 1 and RYU on August 22.
Other special events scheduled throughout Carnevale include live music, art displays, guest speakers, celebrity appearances, games and contests.
And of course it wouldn’t be a celebration of Italy without food and wine, so there is a wide variety of special culinary weekends planned during Carnevale that will delight foodies. Upcoming events include:
- Tignanello Vertical Wine Tasting Dinner & Weekend (June 28) This wine was the first Sangiovese to be aged in barriques (oak barrels), the first red wine to be blended with non-traditional varieties (like Cabernet) and one of the first Chianti reds not to use white grapes. Tignanello is made from a selection of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged in barriques for about 12 months and for a further 12 months in the bottles. ($200 per person)
- Passion for Cabernet Weekend (July 25) This special wine dinner offers the rare opportunity to dine with Marcus Notaro (winemaker Col Salare) and Glenn Salva (Estate Manager at Antica). ($200 per person)
- Curtis Stone Up Close & Personal Weekend (July 26-27) Fans of this Australian chef (host of “Top Chef Masters”) will have an opportunity to taste recipes from his latest cookbook at this “pop up” Curtis Stone restaurant, featuring a five-course tasting menu with wine pairing. The experience also includes a champagne reception, photo op and an autographed book. ($200 per person)
- Giro D’Italia Wine and Food Walk (August 9) Celebrate “Tour de Italy” with a special wine and food-themed event held throughout Grand Canal Shoppes, featuring food and wine booths. ($29 plus tax)
- Cheer for Beer Festival (August 17) Spend the afternoon at Azure luxury pool at The Palazzo to celebrate everyone’s favorite cold summer drink — beer. (Tickets: $29 plus tax)