Visit Venice with kids

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, you can not miss it if you are spending your holidays in Ca’Savio, even if you are travelling with kids. We know of course that it is not easy to carry a buggy in Venice, because of the many bridges and steps, but with our suggestions we hope to help you organize your visit to the city!

Places to visit

When you get to Venice, start your visit from St. Mark’s Square, the heart of the city you can reach after a quick walk from the pier. Standing in the middle of the square you will admire the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) and the beautiful St Mark’s Basilica. Don’t miss to take a look at the famous Bridge of Sights (Ponte dei Sospiri) located behind the Doge’s Palace, that connects the Doge’s palace with the prisons!

If you are an art lover, visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection every Sunday from 15:00 to 16:30 and join the project “KIDS DAY” that introduces the younger visitors to modern and contemporary art.

A must visit for family is the Natural History Museum, located at Fontego dei Turchi overlooking the Grand Canal. There you will find several kind of animals and Italian explorers’ finds going back to the 19th century. Your kids will be enthusiastic to visit it for sure! (There is also a big dinosaur skeleton!)

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dinosauro a Venezia

Other places not to be missed are the Navy Historical Museum and the Arsenal, located a short walk from the Bridge of Sighs. There you can admire many models of military ships, but also boats dating back to the Serenissima period, among which stands out the famous “Bucintoro”.

Also the Squero of St. Trovaso worth well a visit: it is one the few places where small boats as gondolas are still made! Ready to discover all the secrets of the ancient art of gondola building?

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Play with your kids

Venice is a place where children live happily. There are many squares (called “campi”), where they can run and play in freedom as Campo Santa Margherita, Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio, Campo San Polo, Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Campo della Bragora in the district of Castello, Campo del Ghetto, Campo San Geremia located 5 minutes far from the railway station and the nearby Savorgnan garden.

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Other gardens we suggest you are Sant’Elena gardens, the Biennale gardens and the royal gardens close to San Marco (at the moment closed for maintenance – ask the Customer Care office at the campsite for updates).

What are you waiting for? Venice has an unique and romantic atmosphere you can not find in other places and will enchant all of you for sure! Get ready and visit it with your family!

How to get to Venice from Ca’ Savio Campsite

 

 

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Visit Camping Ca’Savio in low season: a great opportunity for your holiday!

Are you planning to visit Ca’Savio during the low season and are you wondering what to do during your holiday? Read on and discover the great possibilities offered by our surroundings during less busy periods!
The low season, thanks to long stretched days and warm weather, is the best period to discover our beautiful surroundings through wonderful day trips. You can join great tours by bike or boat in the lagoon or simply ride your bicycle to the old villages of Lio Piccolo, Saccagnana and Mesole whilst you admire the charming lagoon landscape with its typical sand banks and fish valleys.

These are the best locations for the bird watching or to enjoy the untouched nature of Cavallino Treporti at the sunset.

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Cavallino Treporti sunset

Other places to visit by bike are:

  • Treporti, stop here to visit the SS. Trinità Church (16th century) and its two bell towers
  • Punta Sabbioni, which houses the pier to Venice, the ancient fort dating back to the Austrian domination and a long promenade to the lighthouse with a fantastic view of the lagoon
  • Cavallino, with St. Maria Elisabetta Church (18th century) overlooking the square and the 48 meters high lighthouse located on the mouth of the Sile river
  • The fortification systems along the coastline of Cavallino-Treporti, as Amalfi Battery, Mandracio Barracks, Ca’Pasquali Barracks, San Marco Battery and Vettor Pisani Battery, built to defend Venice first during the Austrian domination and later during both World Wars.


Venice and the islands of Burano, Murano and Torcello are easily accessible from the campsite. The two piers of Punta Sabbioni and Treporti are far from the campsite only 3-4 kilometers. You can get there by car, by bike or by bus and leave around every half an hour! Venice, with its canals and museums, and the islands of Burano, Murano and Torcello, with their prestigious art of lace and glass working and ancient historical artifacts dating back to the birth of Venice, worth well a visit especially during the off-season when they are less crowed and the temperature is not very hot!

Are you travelling with kids? There is a lot to do, also for young kids! In Jesolo you will find the Sealife Aquarium, the Tropicarium Park, the Natural History museum and the museum of Military History. Also Venice and the lagoon islands can be visited with kids: you only have to travel light and choose the best paths and places for you! A little far from us, but it’s not impossible to spend there a day, you will find the amusement park of Gardaland
If you are a sport lover, don’t miss the chance to jogging on the beach early in the morning, along the around 13 km long pedestrian and cycle lane which connects Punta Sabbioni to Cavallino or surrounded by the lagoon landscape of Lio Piccolo, Saccagnana and Mesole.

Not far from the campsite you can also drive go-karts, play tennis and golf or rent electric boats and canoes for excursions in the lagoon of Cavallino-Treporti.
Do you want to spend few hours doing shopping? Visit the weekly markets in Cavallino (on Tuesdays), in Treporti (on Thursdays) or in Jesolo (on Fridays) where you can by food, souvenirs and clothes and much more. Also the nearby city of Jesolo offers you the opportunity to do shopping in the many shops along Via Bafile or in the outdoor shopping center located close to the main road and the many attractions of the city. Are you looking instead for big shopping malls? In less than an hour you can reach by car several shopping centers located in San Donà di Piave, Marcon, Noventa di Piave and Mestre and of course don’t forget Venice, with its shops for all budgets!
If you have enough time and you are willing to travel a little bit, get the chance to visit to the art cities as Treviso, Padua, Verona, Vicenza, Trieste and the Dolomites! You will fall in love with them…

The Dolomites

The Dolomites

These are just some tips but not all! During your stay in Ca’Savio ask our Customer Care office for suggestions, guided excursions in Venice or in the surroundings and discounted tickets for expositions and museums! They will help you organize your trips and make sure you have an unforgettable holiday!

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Events in Cavallino-Treporti & surroundings – May 2017

Are you coming to Ca’Savio soon? Many events will take place during the next month in our municipality and surroundings, we suggest you not to miss any! Take a look here and start planning your holiday!

May 1 – Festa dea Sparesea

On May 1 do not miss the “Festa dea Sparasea” (Asparagus Feast), a traditional event dedicated to asparagus, called in our dialect “Sparesea”, one of the typical vegetables cultivated on our coast and star of many local specialties. The feast will take place in Cavallino (S. M. Elisabetta Square) starting from 10.00 a.m. We suggest you taste the typical delights made with asparagus sold at the food stands open from noon until 11 p.m. and follow the rowing boats regattas from 3.00 p.m.to 6.00 p.m. From 9.30 p.m. music and dance with the orchestra show “Casadei”.

festa sparesea cavallino treporti

May 13 – La Biennale di Venezia

This year, the 57th International Art Exhibition of Venice, titled VIVA ARTE VIVA, will host 120 artists from 51 countries. The exposition will be open from May 13 to November 23 at the Giardini and the Arsenale venues. Check the Biennale website for opening times and prices.

La biennale Venezia

May 24 – Pisani and Amalfi Batteries 

Starting from May 24 Pisani and Amalfi Batteries will be open after long restoration work. The two military buildings, dating back to the First World War, can finally be visited. Soon we will have more information about the re-opening of these two wonderful buildings that represent a piece of history of Cavallino-Treporti!

Batteria Pisani a Ca' Savio

Batteria Pisani a Ca’ Savio

May 27 – The Moonlight Half Marathon + Aqualandia opening

On May 27 two important events will take place in Cavallino-Treporti and in the nearby city of Jesolo.
The Moonlight Half Marathon (21 km) and the non competitive race (10km) will start in Cavallino-Treporti and finish in Lido di Jesolo. The non competitive race will start at 07.45 p.m. from Cavallino-Treporti, S.M. Elisabetta square and finish in Jesolo in Mazzini square. The Moonlight Half Marathom will start at 08.00 p.m. from Punta Sabbioni and finish right where the non competitive race finishes. If you are a runner or simply a sport lover, you cannot miss it!

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the Moonlight Half Marathon in Cavallino

Aqualandia, the Water theme park No.1 in Italy will open on May 27! 26 attractions (including the highest water-slide in the world), 7 shows and 4 animation activities will entertain you all in Jesolo. Ask at the Customer Care office of the campsite to get the discounted tickets!

May 28 – Festa della Sensa

Each year millions of tourists visit Venice on the occasion of Festa della Sensa (Feast of the Ascension). This year the feast will take place on May 28 when the city, as every year, relives the age-old history of the Serenissima Republic and its intimate relationship with the Sea.
Here the programme:
9.00am – Boats gather in the Basin of San Marco
9.30am – Departure of the water parade towards S. Nicolò del Lido
10.30am – Ceremony of the “Wedding with the Sea” in front of the Church of S. Nicolò del Lido
11.00am – Concert by Coro Serenissima in front of the church San Nicolò del Lido
11.30am – Holy Mass at the church of S. Nicolò di Lido
During the morning some regattas of Venetian typical rowing boats will take place in Basin of San Marco – St. Nicolò, where to follow the prize-giving.

Festa della Sensa – ph. credits Veneziaunica

These are only some events suggested by us… The full events schedule for May 2017 is available at our Customer Care Office!

Come and visit us!

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The Historical Regatta in Venice

Every year, the first Sunday of September, the Historical Regatta takes place in Venice. This year, the 4th of September, do not make engagements and enjoy one of the events in Venice with the highest following!

The regatta, which took place for the first time in 1315 to celebrate the military victories and the beginning of the Serenissima rule over the Mediterranean islands, is today made up of 2 different parts: the historical parade and the rowing boat races.

Do you want to know more? Check the programme here below and find a place along the Grand Canal to admire this unforgettable und unique event!

Programme – Sunday 4th September 2016

  • 4:00 p.m.: Historical water parade along the Grand Canal with costumed crews, boats and gondolas of the Venetian rowing associations
  • 04:30 p.m.: Two oared regatta on “mascarete” dedicated for children
  • 04:50 p.m.: Young rowers’ twin-oared “pupparini” regatta
  • 05:10 p.m.: Women’s twin-oared “mascarete” regatta
  • 05:40 p.m.: Six-oared “caorline” regatta
  • 06:00 p.m.: International Universities Boat Challenge
  • 06:10 p.m.: Twin-oared “gondolini” regatta

Please note that the programme could change before the starting of the Regatta. You can follow the updates here.

The Rialto Market, a must visit in Venice

The Rialto area, the center for commerce in Venice, was one of the first parts of the city to be developed.

Since the 11th century it hosts the market and starting from the 16th century, after a fire which completely destroyed it, it is made by a complex of squares and porticoes dedicated to different products:

  • Erberia (fruit and vegetable market),
  • Naranzeria (oranges),
  • Speziali (spices) and
  • Pescaria (fish).

rialto fish market

If you are in Venice do not miss the chance to visit this market, still so loved by Venetian!

Fruits and vegetable coming from the nearby island of Sant’Erasmo, but also fresh fish of the lagoon or the Adriatic sea are sold here: a good opportunity for you to stock a rented kitchen or to prepare a cheap and healthy picnic!

rialto fruit market

Rialto fruit market

Rialto fruit market

Rialto fish market is the biggest fish market in Venice: it is made up of many banquets placed under the porticoes of two buildings overlooking the Grand Canal. On a corner of one building you can see a statue representing St. Peter, the most famous fisherman of the history. It is easy to understand why the fish has always been so important for Venice: the city has been founded on the water and the fish was one of the most important nourishment for the population. For this reason, since 1173, the Republic of Venice has regulated the sale of the fish with a special edict that established the rules for trade. La Serenissima was very strict with those who sold the fish under the established measures and at Rialto market you can see also today a white marble table hung on a building showing the minimum length allowed for the sale of fish.

Rialto fish market

Rialto fish market

Rialto fish market

Rialto fish market

The best time to visit the market is during the morning, when Venetians buy everything they need to prepare the lunch. The fruit and vegetable market is open every day from 07:00 to 20:00 instead the fish market is open from 07:00 to 14:00 (not on Monday).

Rialto market

Do you want to know how to get to the Rialto market? It is easy! From St Mark Square follow the indications to Rialto. After a quick walk (around 10-15 minutes) you will reach the Rialto Bridge and the market. If you prefer not walking, take the ACTV waterbus (line 1) from San Marco-San Zaccaria to Rialto-Mercato (there is a waterbus about 10-15 minutes and the voyage takes you about 30 minutes).

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Visiting Venice without getting lost

Venice is slow, visiting Venice requires calm, silence and a positive attitude in getting lost.

Best details are hidden and you can discover them only is you move away from the crowds. BUT…

Sometimes it happens, you have a limited time, and you have to see Rialto Bridge, St. Marc Square and so on, we know it.

You need a map, but Venice is such a strange town and often Google maps is not working properly.

This is the reason for choosing “Ecco Venezia, a new app” that allows you to follow an itinerary among the main attractions in the town, without getting lost. You will choose the route you prefer, download it for free and start your visit. Point of attractions are for example Rialto, Fenice, Frari, San Rocco, San Marco and many others.

The app is available in Italian, English, German, French and Spanish.

More details are on our website.

 

The “Redentore” festival

Between 1575 and 1577 Venice was affected by the plague and more than a third of the population died. The senate decided to erect a church dedicated to Christ the Redeemer as an offering for divine help and the following year the city was declared free of disease. Year by year Venetians commemorates this event, which is still one of the most important in the city. Every year a temporary floating bridge about 300 mt long (called “Ponte Votivo”) is erected over the Giudecca Canal to connect the Zattere with the Church of Redentore and a religious procession takes place on the 3rd Sunday of July (this year July 17).

If you will visit Venice during the Redentore Festival, do not miss the great party organized on Saturday evening that ends with wonderful fireworks displayed on the lagoon. Since early in the morning Venetian people begin to decorate their boats or terraces from where they can admire the show with balloons, garlands and lights. At the sunset the lagoon in front of St. Mark Square begins to fill up with boats of all kinds and Venetians, while dining with relatives and friends, wait for the fireworks on board of them or at the restaurants facing the lagoon.

Redentore

Around 11 p.m. the fireworks start and the lagoon becomes one of the most beautiful stages in the world: lights, colours and a wonderful atmosphere will surround Venice for about 45 minutes leaving everyone breathless and at the end of the fireworks, the young people of the city head off to Lido of Venice and wait for the dawn sitting on the beach or enjoying the many night-time events.

Redentore Venezia

Do you want to know where to watch the fireworks even if you do not own a boat?

The best places in Venice are the Giudecca and Riva degli Schiavoni: these places will be very crowed and sometimes your view could be obstructing by moored boats, but it is worth to try to find a good place there.

Redentore Venezia

If you can not go to Venice, do not give up to watch the show: go to the harbor of Punta Sabbioni (it is only 4 km far from the campsite)! From the pier you can watch the fireworks the same: maybe it will not be as to be in Venice because they will be a little far, but it is a fair compromise not to miss them.

And on Sunday? The procession to the Church of Redentore will take place in the morning and the Redentore regatta on the Giudecca Canal will close the celebration of the festival.

Have fun!

 

“Turistica Penzo” boat trip: An easy way to discover Venice and the Islands!

Venice and the lagoon Islands – Murano, Burano and Torcello – worth well a visit! Do not miss the chance to discover the beauty of Venice, the coloured houses of Burano or to attend a demonstration of glass making in Murano! Even if you are traveling with kids or you have only one day free…

How to do? Join a tour organized by Turistica Penzo! On Monday and Thursday a full day trip to the islands and Venice will leave at 09:00 a.m. from the centre of Ca’Savio (about 1 km far from the campsite).

On board of a comfortable boat equipped with indoor and outdoor seats for 250 persons you will voyage in the lagoon and discover the beauty of these places. During the voyage the guide will give you some information about the places you will visit (do not be afraid: she speaks Italian, English, German and French!).

Venice boat tours

Curious to know what you will see? Here the programme:

1st STOP – BURANO

The boat stops close to church. From there you can reach the centre on foot in few minutes. You have about 1 hour to visit alone the island: we suggest you to walk along the main road until Piazza Galuppi – the most important square of the island – where you will find the Lace Museum, many shops if you want to buy some souvenirs (Burano is famous for the lace but also for the typical delicious biscuits called “Bussolai”) and several bars where to have a rest.

Burano

2nd STOP – TORCELLO

Here you have about 1 hour. On foot you can reach the centre of the island where the most important buildings are located only in 10 minutes. You will have time for a quick visit of Santa Maria Assunta Basilica or Santa Fosca Church

torcello

3rd STOP – MURANO

Murano is famous for the glass. Here, accompanied by the guide, you will visit a furnace and see how glass is made. You will have few time to buy some glass souvenirs at the shop located close to the furnace or to make a quick walk.

Murano

4th STOP – VENICE

You will reach the city in the afternoon and spend there a couple of hours. St. Mark Square, Doge’s Palace and the Basilica are only 10-15 minutes far on foot. We suggest you to have a look at the surroundings of St. Mark Square, but not too far! Venice is wonderful and it is easy to walk losing track of time captured by her beauty! But the boat will not wait for you and leaves at 17:30!

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What are you waiting for? Prepare everything you need for your visit: your camera, comfortable clothes and shoes and if you want also your own food and drinks to take with you for a quick lunch on board during the voyage!

Visit Camping Ca’ Savio website to find all the info about the Motor-boat trip to Venice and the Lagoon Islands: Murano, Burano and Torcello

Free Museums in Venice

Since July 2014, to get more people interested in culture, the Italian Government has launched the initiative called “Domenica al museo” (Sunday at the Museum).
Every first Sunday of the month more than 430 museums, monuments and archeological sites all over Italy will open their doors for free to local people and tourists for a day dedicated to the discovery of the beautiful Italian culture. Once a month everybody will have the chance to visit for free all State-run museums as well as archaeological sites and smaller, lesser-known museums… Not bad eh!
In Venice you will find 5 museums with free admission on the first Sunday of the month. Why do not you plan a tour during your stay at  Camping Ca’Savio? We think it is worth a visit…

Here the list and more information:

1.    Gallerie dell’Accademia

The Accademia Galleries, located in Campo della Carità in the Sestriere of Dorsoduro, are very close to the Accademia Bridge. The museum is reachable on foot (about 15 minutes from St. Mark’s Square) or by water bus (5 minutes with line 2 from the stop “San Marco – Giardinetti” to the stop “Accademia”). It was originally the art Academy of Venice, from which it became independent in 1879. Nowadays it contains masterpieces of 18th century Venetian painters as Giovanni Bellini, Canaletto, Carpaccio, Cima da Conegliano, Francesco Guardi, Giorgione, Johann Liss, Charles Le Brun, Pietro Longhi, Lorenzo Lotto, Mantegna, Tiepolo, Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, Vasari and Leonardo da Vinci (Drawing of Vitruvian Man).
Opening times: Monday 8.15 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. From Tuesday to Sunday 8.15 a.m. – 07.15 p.m. Closed on Monday afternoon, December 25, January 1.

Giorgione, La tempesta, Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venezia

Giorgione, La tempesta, Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venezia

2.    Museum of Palazzo Grimani

Grimani Palace, located in Ramo Grimani 4858 in the Sestriere of Castello, is far from St. Mark’s Square about 7 minutes on foot. The palace was originally the residence of the Venetian Doge Antonio Grimani and held the collections amassed by Cardinal Domenico Grimani and Giovanni Grimani. In the 1980s it was donated to the state and since 2015 it is a museum. The palace displays a few Hieronymus Bosch’s paintings from the Grimani collection.
Opening times: From Tuesday to Sunday 8.15 a.m. – 07.15 p.m. Closed on Monday, December 25, January 1 and May 1.

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3.    National Archaelogical Museum

The National Archaeological Museum is located right on St. Mark’s Square. It was established in 1523 by Cardinal Domenico Grimani. This museum has a great collection of Greek and Roman sculptures, ceramics, coins and stones dating back as far as the 1st century B.C.
Opening times: From November 1 to March 31, 10.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m. From April 1 to October 31, 10.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m. Closed on December 25, January 1.

Museo archeologico nazionale Venezia

4.    Museum of Oriental Art

The Oriental Art Museum is located at the last floor of the ancient palace owned by the Pesaro family at San Stae, in the Sestriere of Santa Croce n. 2076, nearby the Church of San Stae. It is reachable on foot (about 15-20 minutes from St. Mark’s Square) or by water bus (walk to Rialto – Riva del Carbon, take the water bus line 1 to San Silvestro and then walk for 7 minutes). The museum is one of the most important collection of Japanese art of the Edo period (more than 30.000 objects) bought by Prince Henry II of Borbone bewteen 1887 and 1889.
Opening times: From November 1 to March 31, 10.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m. From April 1 to October 31, 10.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m. Closed on Monday, December 25, January 1.

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5.    Galleria Franchetti at Palazzo Ca’ D’Oro

The collection, donated by the Baron Giorgio Franchetti to the Italian State in 1916, includes furniture, paintings, medals, tapestries, bronzes and sculptures. During the years it was enlarged with the annexation of Renaissance’s works coming from suppressed or demolished religious buildings and collections coming from the Gallerie dell’Accademia and the Archaeological Museum. The collection is located at Ca’ D’Oro Palace, one of the most prestigious late Gothic palaces in Venice, in the Sestriere of Cannaregio (n. 3932). It is reachable by water bus line 1 (about 7 minutes) from Rialto – Riva del Carbon to Ca’ D’oro.
Opening times: Monday 08.15 a.m. – 02.00 p.m. From Tuesday to Sunday 08.15 a.m. – 07.15 p.m.  Closed on December 25, January 1 and May 1.

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Our advices

Please note that the free access to the before mentioned museums, on the occasion of the first Sunday of the month, does not always include a visit to any extraordinary exhibitions for which instead you must price the entrance fee.
We recommend you always to check the opening time of the museums (they may have changed since the publication of this article), but even check the right Sunday when you can get the free admission to the State-run museums in Venice, visiting the Italian Ministry of Culture and Environment website

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The most important Carnival Masks of Venice

Masks are an important feature of the Venetian Carnival. Traditionally people were allowed to wear masks in Venice for about six months per year between the Feast of Santo Stefano (December 26) and the beginning of the Carnival season on Tuesday Shrove, but also on Ascension and from October 5 to Christmas.

The origin of masks goes back to the 13th century when a document tells that the Great Council decided that masked people were forbidden to gamble or visit convents. A the end of the Republic it was forbidden to wear masks in daily life and by the 18th century it was allowed only for three months from December 26. With the Austrian conquest of Venice in 1798, mask-wearing – as well as Carnival – were banned. Only in the 1970s the long-forgotten art of mask-making was restarted as the celebrations for the Carnival.
But which are the most famous masks of the Carnival of Venice? What do they represent?

Venetian masks - BautaBauta
Originally a simple stark white mask, the Bauta is today often heavily gilded. It covers the entire face and is characterized by an over-prominent nose, thick  eyebrows and no mouth. To preserve the wearer’s anonymity, the Bauta was designed to enable to talk, eat and drink without having to remove it and it was often accompanied by a red or black cape and a tricorn. During the 18th century, the Venetian government decided that citizens (at that time only the men) must wear it at certain political decisions or events where it was required to act anonymously as peers.

Venetian masks - ColombinaColombina
The Colombina is a half-mask only covering the wearer’s eyes, nose and upper cheeks. It is often decorated with gold, silver, crystals and feathers. It is held up to the face by a baton or is tied with ribbon. Its origin comes back to the Commedia dell’Arte: Colombina was a maid and a soubrette, a character of the Italian theatre adored for generations.

Venetian masks - Medico della pesteMedico della peste (The Plague Doctor)
The Medico della peste, with its long beak, is one of the most bizarre and known Venetian masks. Once ago it was only a mask used by the doctors to prevent the spread of disease. The mask is often white, consisting of a hollow beak and round eyeholes covered with crystal discs. Its use as a carnival mask is entirely a modern convention and today it is worn with black hat and long black cloak, white gloves and a stick to move patients without having to come into physical contact with them.

Venetian Masks - La MorettaMoretta / Servetta muta (Dark lady / mute servant woman)
The moretta or servetta muta was a small black velvet oval mask with wide eyeholes, no lips or mouth sometimes finished off with a veil. This mask, worn by patrician women, was only just large enough to hide a woman’s identity and was held in place by the wearer biting on a button or bit (so the women wearing this mask were unable to speak, hence “mute”).

Venetian Masks - La MorettaPantalone
Another classic half mask coming back to the Commedia dell’Arte is Pantalone, meaning he who wears the pants. It is usually represented as a sad old man with an oversized nose like the beak of a crow with high brows and slanted eyes.

Venetian Masks - ArlecchinoArlecchino
Also Arlecchino is a character of the commedia. He is meant to be a kind of “noble savage”, devoid of reason and full of emotion, often a servant of Pantalone. Originally Arlecchino’s half-mask was made of wood but later it became a leather mask painted of black with a short, blunt nose – like that one of an ape – wide, round, arching eyebrows, a rounded beard and always a “bump” upon his forehead meant to signify a devil’s horn.

Venetian Masks - ZanniZanni
Zanni is a half mask in leather, showing him with low forehead, bulging eyebrows and a long curved nose. It is said that the longer his nose, the more stupid he is. Also the low forehead is meant as a sign of stupidity.

What to do now? Walk around Venice and try to find all of these masks! Now it will be easy for you to recognize them…