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Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.

Venice: Create Your Own Carnival Mask Workshop

Activity provider: VENICE TOURS S.R.L.
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From US$ 58.11 per person

Likely to sell out

Make or paint your own Carnival mask at a unique class in Venice. Learn more about ancient techniques as you put your new skills to the test to produce a stunning mask to keep and take home.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1 hour
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Spanish, English, French, Italian
Small group
Limited to 4 participants


  • Learn how to make or paint your own Venice Carnival mask
  • Get an insight into the traditions of Carnival
  • Take home your mask as a unique keepsake
Full description
Create your own unique keepsake of Venice at a Carinval mask-making workshop. Choose from 2 different options on the day of the workshop and learn about the ancient techniques of creating masks from papier-mâché. Get interesting information about the use of masks in Venice during previous centuries. Then, return to the laboratory after a few hours to collect your unadorned mask once it has had time to dry off. Alternatively, discover how to paint and decorate your own mask with an experienced instructor. Choose a mask to decorate and to keep as a very special souvenir.
  • All necessary paints and supplies
  • Class in making or decorating a paper-mâché mask
  • The mask you made or decorated to keep
  • Diploma of participation
  • Apron
    Not suitable for
    • People with back problems
    • People with mobility impairments
    • People with heart problems
    • Wheelchair users
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You must bring your own headphones
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the Venetian mask shop located on San Marco # 596. The laboratory is located a few minutes walk from Saint Mark’s Square. Once by the Bell Tower, go straight on leaving the Basilica on your right and pass under the Clock Tower. Proceed straight on to the end of “Mercerie dell’Orologio”. Then turn right into “Campo San Zulian” and facing the Church pass its façade on the left and you have reached “Campiello San Zulian”. The laboratory is in the opposite corner on your right.

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    Important information

    Not allowed

    • Pets

    Know before you go

    • There is a maximum of 6 persons per tour
    • Appropriate clothing for painting is suggested
    • If you are less than 6 people, the tour is not considered private but is shared with guests not belonging to the same party. The tour could be bilingual
    • Tour does not operate in case of exceptional high tide (in these cases it can be postponed to the days after, otherwise it will be refunded)
    • Please note that you will be able to take your own mask after 6 hours only (it is the necessary time the mask needs to dry)
    • Unfortunately this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking difficulties
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 424 reviews

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    This was such a fun experience to share with the man I love. I have always wanted to paint with him and happy he agreed to do this workshop. The mask making process was so relaxing after long days of travel and exploring. The artist was very nice and even threw in some history to understand the meaning of masks and why they were/are worn.

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    July 29, 2022

    Amazing time had. Great fun for all the family including children of 6 and 4. Very friendly family run shop. The experience is choosing a mask blank from the selection, painting it and decorating it. In between waiting for the mask to dry and decorating you get to ask lots of questions and get an overview history of mask making. Highly recommended.

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    July 27, 2022

    This was a great experience. It started out a little rough because the place was really hard to find, even more so because there was construction and scaffolding by the entrance to the via that you needed to get to. That made us late and the shop owner was very upset about it (as was I). Eventually he came around and our boys ended up having a really great experience with him. He was patient and kind with the kids and very kind to me as well. While I was there, many people came to find him saying they bought masks years ago from him and wanted to find him. His quality was exceptional - everything in the shop was made by either him or his wife and the you could see how much the loved their work. He has been doing this his whole life and his passion was unmistakable. We got great products and wonderful memories for our kids! High recommend this - just be on time ;)

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    July 18, 2022

    Product ID: 75791