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Paint your Carnival Mask



  • Live your own Carnival experience
  • Professional painters at your disposal
  • Decoration course in front of Saint Mark’s basin
  • Painting experience in an exclusive location
  • Creative course for families and couples
  • A Venetian souvenir create by your own

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Bauta, traditional Venetian mask

Bauta, traditional Venetian mask

Feel the spirit of the Venetian Carnival and paint your Carnival mask! Try this original way to live the Carnival experience as a protagonist! Let you guide by a professional local artists to paint your own amazing Carnival mask! An unique artistic experience in a unique city of Venice, to be experienced at least once in your life!

If you are a painting lover you will amuse yourself discovering more about the magic Carnival world and its secrets in a historic Doge’s prisons palace in front of the Saint Mark’s Basin!

In this unforgettable activity, a Venetian local painter will explain you the traditional art of mask depictment and their ancient history. Spend your time in a plaisent company of the painter, and feel as a firsthand active participant of this incredible experience, right in the heart of Venice!

What does the Mask decoration course consist of ?

Venetian Mask

Venetian Mask

The professional Venetian mask painters will make your painting experience truly memorable!  They will guide you step by step in a funny way how to depict and decorate your own mask.

The painters have a several years experience in providing artistic experiences. All of them are members of the famous Artistic Circle of Prison’s Palace, which  was inaugurated on May 5th 1922 in the presence of prince Umberto di Savoia, the city authorities, the representatives of Italian government and foreign countries and many artists and critics. This not fortuitous date coincided with the day after the opening of XIII “Biennale d’Arte”. Discover more about the artistic circle painters history clicking here.

After the lesson you will keep your own colorful creation as a very special souvenir to bring back home, to take some funny pictures with or to wear a very particular accesorize to enrich your Carnival mise.

Spectacular location in Doge’s Palace Prison’s Palace

The location worth your special attention. Everybody know or have ever heard about Casanova, right? Thus, according to many Venetian legends Casanova in flesh in blood was imprisoned in this historic Palace, which is part of the Doge’s Palace. The two buildings are connected through the well known Bridge of Sights.

Prison's Palace

Prison’s Palace

Ancient project of the prison's palace

Ancient project of the prison’s palace

The building which is located in a very central position was planned by the architect Antonio Da Ponte in 1589, and was completed around 1614.

The Palace hosted one of the most ancient magistracies of the Venetian Republic “The Lords of Night at the Criminal”: this important judicial organism consisted of six members representing the city’s quarters and covering tasks of police and surveillance, as well as instructing processes.

Nowadays, the prison’s palace is the seat of the Artistic Circle of artists which welcomes guests offering different cultural experiences and concerts.


  • Availability: every day from February 15th to February 25th
  • Time: 10.00 – 11.30 – 14.00 – 15.30
  • Duration: 1h 15min
  • Languages: Italian, English, French
  • Inclusions: white mask, all the necessary to color the mask
  • Max people per course: 15
  • Price: 55,00 € p.p.


Prison’s Palace, Calle Seconda de la Fava, 4209, 30122 Venezia VE

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Prison’s Palace, Calle Seconda de la Fava, 4209, 30122 Venezia VE

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