Learn more about Il Ballo del Doge, the most famous and exclusive Carnival Ball in the world!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is it only possible to attend by invitation?
No, reservations to participate at Il Ballo del Doge are open to everyone who wishes to buy a ticket, booking one of the formulas available. Is it possibile to choose between either entries including Placé Dinner or After-dinner ones.
- How do I book?
- What is included in the ticket?
There are different categories of tickets that include the event entry, the welcome show & cocktail, the seated banquet dinner accompanied by Fine Wines, the entertainment shows during dinner, the main show with more than 100 artistes performing, the after-dinner party & disco until 3:00 am. Also after-dinner party tickets are available.
- Where will it take place?
An extraordinary location will constitute the set in the heart of Venice that will host a grandiose party, with even more evocative shows, sets and settings, which will enrich the uniqueness of the Il Ballo del Doge experience:
Scuola Grande della Misericordia
The “Misericordia”, as it is called by the Venetians, is a place that evokes ancient and future ideals. The majestic construction of the Scuola Grande della Misericordia was entrusted in 1531 to the great Renaissance architect Jacopo Sansovino and lasted twelve years. It houses the largest hall in Venice, after the Doge’s Palace, frescoed by the school of Paolo Veronese.
- What is the Dress Code?
Il Ballo del Doge is a costume event. It is not possibile to enter the party in ball gown or standard evening attire. The Antonia Sautter Atelier is at your disposal to hire one of 1.500 hand-made costumes or for you to buy a costume made especially for you. The booking office of Il Ballo del Doge will provide all the information and style suggestions needed to observe the dress-code
- Do I have to take dance lessons to participate at the ball?
Il Ballo del Doge is a party and, despite its name, it is an event where Guests will enjoy an extensive program of different shows and entertainment performances with musicians, dancers, singers, acrobats, magicians and various performers on stage or among the guests and during the disco party. Each Guest will get into the party spirit in the most suitable way for their inclinations and tastes, so it is not necessary to be a dancer.
- What about the dinner?
For the people who book a ticket that includes a banquet dinner, the menu is designed by a Top Chef, inspired by products and flavors of Italian cuisine and revisited in a contemporary style. After the welcome cocktail, the dinner will be served at table, from the starter to the dessert, accompanied by Fine Wines, Cocktails and drinks will be served all evening. Everyone who has an intolerance or allergies can notify it at the moment of making a reservation and a special menu will be planned.
- Can I book an exclusive table?
The spirit of the party is very social, with more than 500 Guests attending from all over the world. It’s probable that you will meet new people and share the moment in the true Carnival ‘philosophy’. Tables set up for the seated banquet dinner can host up to 10 people. Groups of 10 people or more have the possibility to reserve an exclusive table.
- How can I go about making a gift?
Il Ballo del Doge is always a popular gift idea for those we love. The booking office is at your disposal to organize a surprise in the best way!
Venice – Saturday, February 22nd 2020
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