Carnival Mask Workshop and Glass-Making Experience

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.
2 hrs 30 min
Group size up to 15 persons
Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund

Decorate your own unique keepsake of Venice at a Carnival mask-making workshop with an experienced instructor. Learn about the ancient techniques of decorating masks with paper mâché. Choose the glass-making upgrade to add to your experience.

Choose a mask to be decorated during the course. Learn how to decorate your own mask in a fun and entertaining way with the help of a professional and artisan mask decorator.

Listen to interesting facts about the use of masks in Venice during previous centuries as you craft your own. Take home your own colorful creation as a very special souvenir and upgrade your experience by discovering the art of glass-making in a master artisan's studio.

Important to know

• Appropriate clothing for painting is suggested
• 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)
• Unfortunately this tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking difficulties

Not allowed:

• Pets

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Adult (Age 12-99)
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For any payment method you must book a ticket through the booking form below and receive confirmation by e-mail and (or) SMS.
What is included in activity

• All necessary paints and supplies
• Class in decorating a paper-mâché mask
• The mask you decorated to keep
• Glass-blowing class (depending on option selected)
• Diploma of participation
• Apron

Activity book period
You can book tour up to 3 hours in advance.
Languages in what activity is performed
Directions to meet your guide

Venice Tours Assistance Point St. Mark's Square

How long your tour will be
2 hrs 30 min
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Reviews by travellers
4.9 out of 5
1179 reviews
Workshop was good and the artist very nice. We got a beautiful mask out of it. I personally would rate the workshop too pricey though for 50 mins, a bit of painting on our own and the artist making a 5 min beautiful finish. The shop itself is great though and I can recommend to go there.
18 days ago
Franca F.
superb from start to finish
19 days ago
We had a really good time with our guide and mask assistant. We got a lot of useful and interesting information and left knowing a bit more about the amazing history of the city. Our guide also provided us with some surprises and gifts and was all around very friendly. Highly recommend!
20 days ago
Antonella L.
Our experience with a nine-year-old was great. Even with no experience, each of us wound up with a lovely mask of our own making—with Giorgio’s expert help.
20 days ago
Mia T.
Very great experience! Very relaxed athmosphere and endearing shop. Our instructor was very skilled and we had a great conversation. The masks we made are good souveniers and you can buy the beautiful ones he makes for a descount. We also got a few tips about where to go and what to see in Venice. Definitely recommended!
about 2 months ago
Clelia V.
Very nice activity. Lovely guide friendly andvery knowledgeable. Would totally recommend
about 2 months ago
Metello A.
Amazing experience. Thanks a lot Alexandra for the detailed and wonderful trip. It was both memorable and mesmerising experience for us. Carnival mask workshop, glass making tour to Ivano Soffiato, chocolate tasting event all were wonderful but what topped all of this was your detailed guide and walking tour of Venice. Thanks a lot for the experience.
about 2 months ago
Celso S.
We booked in Giorgio's laboratory, during the recent New Year's Eve 2023. In addition to the charm of entering a real artisan laboratory, where you can already visually breathe the history of Venice and its Carnival, we were fascinated by Giorgio's stories about some of the masks traditions and on the origins of this important festival for the city, combining a unique practical experience with an unrepeatable cultural excursus that made us learn something more about Venice to appreciate it ev...
about 2 months ago
Durante R.
This was a good experience. The mask painting gave us something different to do besides the typical walking tours especially if you enjoy arts and crafts. The shop owner is very talented and gives you general direction for painting the mask and also ends up painting the Venetian design on the mask at the final layer/stage. While I really like the way the mask turned out, I would have liked to try and paint the final stage myself even if it may not have turned out as good.
about 2 months ago
Polidoro C.
Fantastic experience and Giorgio is an absolute GEM! Not only is he superb artist, but also he (along with his wife and son) is one of the last authentic Venetian mask makers!! Who better to learn from than an artisan himself? Did this activity by myself-braved the rain in the early morning to make it! Highly recommend this quite enjoyable, unique and relaxing activity, especially if you enjoy crafting and learning more about the history of the Venetian carnival mask! You get to ask him about...
about 2 months ago
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