- 2.5-hour Venetian mask-making experience
- Browse through the wares at a Venice mask shop for inspiration!
- Watch your expert host demonstrate how to make a real Venetian mask
- Learn the significance behind the variety of masks: Plague Doctor, Bauta and Columbina
- Paint your own unique Venetian mask to take home with you!
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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!
Reviewed by Carrie S, March 2013
This was actually a lot of fun. I am not artistic in the least - but I enjoyed this. The history of the masks was fascinating - and the lady who led the workshop was helpful so my mask turned out pretty decent. They have some paint techniques that they teach you that are really easy even for someone as non-artistic as myself. You may want to bring some cash to buy some of their professional masks after though! I didn't have cash on me and I couldn't find an ATM nearby to get some - I was disappointed because I really wanted one of their masks and they didn't take credit cards. These are the *real* deal - not that cheap plastic stuff you find everywhere else in Venice. These people know their stuff.
Reviewed by Pauline B, December 2012
This was excellant. No hesitation in recommending this.