Take some time away from sightseeing in Venice and learn how to create a traditional masterpiece – a Venetian mask! On this unique 2.5-hour 'learn how to' experience, your knowledgeable host will help you seek out inspiration for designs at a quality mask shop before you watch a live demonstration at a real mask-making studio. Learn about the fascinating history of Venetian masks before painting your own to keep as a perfect memento of your time in Italy.
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Venetian mask-making is a distinctive, centuries-old tradition in Venice, Italy. The mask’s original purpose in the 13th century is somewhat unclear; however, it is widely believed that they were worn to conceal the wearer’s social status and identity. Nowadays, Venetian masks are worn by the masses during the popular Carnival of Venice (Carnevale di Venezia) – a traditional celebration honoring the victory of Repubblica della Serenissima (Venice’s previous name) against the Patriarch of Aquileia.
This exciting Venetian mask-making experience begins with a visit to a traditional mask store, where you’ll find inspiration among the vibrant displays. Purchase any souvenirs that catch your eye! Then, follow your guide on a short walk to a Venetian mask studio. Watch a live demonstration of how these elaborate masks are made -- from creating the molds to laying the papier-mâché out to dry – and learn about the different types of masks, from the bizarre-looking Plague Doctor with a long, hollow beak to the opulent Columbina adorned with precious gems and feathers.
Finally, you’ll get to paint your own! Learn professional painting and decorating tricks to make your creation look exactly how you want it. Once you’re done, your unique Venetian mask is yours to take home – a perfect keepsake from your time in Venice!
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Experience Venice: Learn How to Make a Venetian Mask
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Departure Point:Chiesa San Barnaba Church, Venice
Return Details:Concludes at the Venice mask studio in central Venice
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Learn How to Make a Venetian Mask in Venice
- Professional guide
- Venetian mask-making demonstration
- Your hand-painted Venetian mask
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
- Mask paints can stain, so we recommend that old clothes are worn during the session.
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