Venetian Mask Workshop

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Artisan Venitian Mask Workshop Experience

We are proud to partner with one of Venice’s finest workshops to provide an exclusive, private experience where you will design & create your very own Venetian mask.

Beguiling and elaborate, playful yet concealing a hidden truth, or even a little disturbing, Venetian masks are synonymous with the huge celebrations that accompany the annual Venice Carnival that extends over several days of parties & masquerade balls.

A key part of the celebrations of course is the extravagant costumes and masks. It’s one thing to purchase a carnival mask, but something else entirely to create your own, working in the traditional way under a master artisan. Our Venetian mask workshop experience is the perfect way to create an unforgettable souvenir from your Venice vacation.

What Is Included In The Venetian Mask Workshop?

  • A private 2-hour workshop
  • Learn the history behind the types of masks historically worn from the 13th century, and latterly in the carnival
  • Create your mask using traditional methods
  • Exclusive Luxe experience: Private visit to a Carnival Costume Workshop with the master seamstress

Venetian Mask Workshop Description

The workshop is open to people of all levels of artistic ability and experience!

Join your guide as you enter a real Venetian Atelier. You will be shown the techniques and materials that are still used to this day by the artisans to craft the world-famous Venetian masks.

Your guide will help you as you start with a paper mache base which you will build up into your own unique Venetian mask, resplendent with decorations of your choosing.

Understanding Venetian Masks

Have you ever noticed that there are certain ‘archetypal’ Venetian masks? They are called:

  • The Bauta
  • The half-mask Colombina 
  • The long-nosed plague doctor (Medico Della Peste)
  • The Volto
  • The Joker (The Arlecchino)

Your master will talk you through the history of these masks and explain the purpose and context behind each of them, alongside the roles they symbolized in Venetian society.

Special Costume Workshop

Now you successfully have your own unique hand-built mask, you’re almost ready for the Venice Carnival, but not until you’ve heard all about the other centerpiece of the festivities, the costumes!

In this special Luxe Travel experience, you will be taken into the private costume workshop by master costume creator, Giulia, who will show you her collection & explain how she creates each piece by hand.

Why Book The Venetian Mask Workshop With Luxe?

  • Get an exclusive behind the scenes preview of the mask-making process, reserved for Luxe clients.
  • This is completely private for you and your party/family!
  • Your guide will have all the time to explain and answer any questions you have.
  • We don’t just want to ‘just’ show you Venice, we want to create an experience together with you for a lifetime of memories, and a mask to show for it!

This experience doesn’t run on Mondays, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

25th Anniversary Trip to Italy Using Italy by Luxe, the best decision ever! I worked with Marta for about 6 months developing an itinerary for our 12 days in Italy. We wanted to see Venice, Tuscany, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast with our 3 boys 22, 20 & 17. She coordinated everything for us from hotels to private transfers, restaurant options, excursions, and more. Her quick response to all of my crazy questions/changes, before and during our trip was so comforting. I always knew everything would be great. She even surprised us with a bottle of Champagne on our anniversary! Each of the guides Marta set us up with were also amazing. Their knowledge of the history, architecture, and background stories was incredible. Giorgia in Venice, Elena in Tuscany, Kylie in Rome, Gabriella in Pompeii, and Fernando and Mario in Sorrento. Each of them were so accommodating knowing we were jet-lagged and it was HOT! They each weaved us through the back streets, avoiding crowds and amazing us at every turn. Our drivers were always on time, very professional, and friendly. We will definitely be using Travel by Luxe for our next trip to Greece!

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