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Allow yourself to be Enchanted in the magical city of Venice...




February 2023  dates to be determined...

Looking for the experience of a lifetime?   

After the pause that disrupted our lives,
I decided I would no longer put off my dreams,
if you feel the same and want to experience
the most exclusive and magical Venetian Masquerade Ball in all of Venice,
then join me this February 2023
for a
 true Once in a Lifetime Experience

Our most exciting trip to Venice Carnevale yet!!

Join me in one of the most unique and romantic cities in the world.

Whether you are single or joining the fun as a couple, we promise this will be a trip unlike any other,

and one that you'll be talking about for years to come! 


We have created the ultimate Venetian package

Truly a once in a lifetime event!


*Price for 2023 is to be determined 

and will be based on special events that are not yet announced. 

Please check back for details. 

**airfare not included

trip details below

What to expect
Here's a peek below at our past Carnevale tours,
details for 2023 will be announced soon!

Welcome to the event of the year

Come take part in a whirlwind of emotion as you experience the splendors of Venice! 

Imagine viewing the grand opening events on the canal (pictured here) from our window, not lost in the crowds below! Every moment is literally a feast for the eye.

Click here to see video of the opening events and see below for more details 

Stay in an Authentic Venetian Apartment for 7 nights, ask me about adding 2 nights in Verona

Photo credit: Ken Koskela

Experience the excitement of Carnevale and feel like a local in our luxury shared apartment. Options to spend 2 or more days exploring on your own in nearby towns, just ask and I'll be happy to help you book arrangements. 


Enjoy an evening at the theater

This theater show is a light hearted romp through 1500 years of history, tradition and the entertaining stories of Venice. A combination of enjoyable theatrical entertainment, comedy, historical fact, fine acting and integrated use of spectacular projections that brings the world of this beautiful city to life. This entertaining show is Performed in English and is one of the most engaging ways

to discover more about bella Venezia 

Special evening at the oldest cafe in Europe

Share a timeless moment in an ideal setting amongst some of the most beautiful costumes of Carnevale. This is the place to see and be seen, and the perfect spot for another unforgettable experience. Imbibe the cafe's long and lively history in the magnificent 19th century rooms, and take a step back in time as you sip world renowned hot chocolate and sparkling wine. Don't be surprised by the paparazzi peering in the windows trying to catch a glimpse of you

Enjoy a Gondola tour through the majestic canals of Venice

(in Costume! If you're game)

Live the unique experience of a gondola ride through the majestic canals of Venice feeling privileged in this evocative atmosphere...  

Then get ready to stir some excitement with our very own costume Parade in Piazza San Marco.   

Party cruise on a Venetian Pirate ship!

Optional outting please inquire

A truly unique and unforgettable experience on the craziest night of the year in a charming and fascinating atmosphere. After a toast with the crew we will sail off along the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello to admire the seductive panorama of the Piazza and its palaces from a very privileged position.  After dinner we'll sail back to port for another toast in front of Saint Mark’s square and continue the party with carnival desserts, streamers, confetti and dancing until the moment of disembarkation. This lively party cruise includes buffet dinner, wine, prosecco, beer, soft drinks and water. Spirits not included.

Costumed Carnival Pub Crawl

A Venetian style bar hop where you'll have fun meeting fellow travelers from around the world as we meander through the Labyrinth of small alleyways and campi with our pub guide.  We will visit 4 local bars known as Bacari in Venetian dialect, where we will be offered a glass of local wine called "Ombra." At the final bar we'll indulge ourselves with the very popular Venetian "SPRITZ." Must be 18 to participate in the pub crawl.  

Jewish Ghetto hedonist (Optional)

Cicchetti tour combining art, culture, history, food and wine 

The Jewish ghetto is one of the city's most charming and historic areas with an abundance of canals, Gothic churches and dainty bridges. On our guided tour we'll learn about this rich culture and its luxurious food traditions as we taste traditional Jewish-Venetian dishes like Sarde al Saor, accompanied by fine kosher wine. We'll also see the rabbi’s house and historic synagogues, take in enchanting views of Venice at night with its churches standing out against the canals, while sipping sparkling wine. To finish the evening we'll visit an old bakery where you will be served zaeti, buranelli, or other Venetian-Jewish biscuits and cakes.

Professional Photo Shoot

This is me in front of the Bridge of Sighs Venice 2015, photo credit Dominique Linel

A professional photographer will capture the moment as we meander through Saint Marks Square captivating the crowds in our magnificent period costumes. The photo shoot is included in your package, photos from our photo shoot will be available on disc for $35.00 for you to keep, and will be delivered to you after we return from Venice. Photo books also available upon request starting at $45






I highly recommend purchasing a costume through

Prices to own start at only $89 

Note: The costumes you see us wearing in the photos came from Yourdressmaker Quality is fabulous!


*Please inquire about rentals in Venice or San Francisco

Average cost is $450. In Venice rentals are for a 24 hour period and start at $450 


Included food and beverages:

Pictured are Fritelle, a Venetian treat only available during Carnevale that we'll be sure to indulge in 

  • Breakfast served daily in our kitchen or at a local cafe

  • Welcome dinner and aperitvo on arrival night

  • Buffet dinner and drinks included on the Party Cruise  

  • Candle light dinner provided at the ball

  • Wine, Bellini, coffee/tea and water provided daily

  • Hot chocloate and/or glass of prosecco included on special outing to cafe Florian

*All other meals not mentioned are on your own.  But don't worry, eating out is very inexpensive away from the main touristy spots 


An Enchanted Ball awaits you...

Every girl’s dream is to once in her life attend to a masked ball, and what better place than a beautiful 15th century Palace overlooking the Grand Canal in the Magical city of Venice? There's an air of mystery at this  unforgettable Masquerade Ball which includes an extravagant candlelit dining experience, and traditional minuet dance. After dinner the dance party continues...

Beware, the Count himself may take your hand

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Want to make a grand gesture this Valentine's Day?

Skip the wine and roses, give your sweetheart what she/he really wants... 

An indulgent fantasy getaway!

Carnevale is definitely a fun time to visit the magical city of Venice, and traveling with a small group makes it that much more special,

memorable and Fun! 

Contact Us
Dolce Vita retreats

San Francisco, California
call or email for more details

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