If you have ever visited Venice during Carnival you can easily understand why masks have such an important role in Venice’s life!
In reality, wearing a mask was really a common habit in Venice during the ancient times. In fact, people usually wore a mask not only at Carnival but during the whole year, to conceal their identity. The most popular among traditional venetian masks was the “bauta” that could be wore both by men and women. They used them to visit casinos, for instance. But also theaters, because married women couldn’t go there if they didn’t wear their mask!
A different kind of mask is the “Moretta” that was for women only. They hold it only by teeth, as the mask didn’t have a ribbon. Thus the woman couldn’t speak and it created many more secrets and also more expectations!
Usually masks were made of paper mache, coloured and decorated.
During this visit of the mask workshop it will be possible to learn many things about this venetian tradition and also about masks, how they are made, when they are used, now and in the past.
You will also have the opportunity to decorate your own mask! The artisan will show you all the mask models and you will choose the one that you prefer. Later you will start to decorate it using all the materials in the workshop.
The tour starts on the top middle section of rialto Bridge where you will meet our assistant. She will take you to the shop giving you explanations about the city and the main monuments you will find on your way.
She will leave you at the workshop after about one hour walk. You will have about one hour more at the workshop.