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Venice Carnival: Temptation!

Attend an exclusive gala dinner at the Arsenal

During Carnival time in Venice, the Arsenal becomes a place full of temptations…With a small key you can open the door to your desires, and help your fantasies come to life within the magical “Torre di Porta Nuova” framework, where you will be enthralled by a dining experience.

Cross the threshold and we’ll give you the key. Temptation isn’t only a dinner. It’s an exclusive experience where the pleasures of tastebuds and soul meet. The rich menu carefully prepared by Venetian gastronomo Antonio Vianello and his own chef, exciting shows by extraordinary international Nu’Art performers, the elegance of the magic “Torre di Porta Nuova” location; all these are the special ingredients of an extraordinarily unique recipe leading guests to another dimension.

Overwhelmed by images, colours, sounds and flavours to discover another Venice… a unique and tempting Venice. A magical evening, with entertainment among the tables and performances all night long, aerial acrobatics and purposefully prepared scenery. Like food, a performance is above all, inspiration and pleasure. The body is the expression and art is the instrument. Then it’s up to you to take advantage of a menu that is full of flavour and passion.

Dates and info

Temptation Gala Dinner takes place during Venice Carnival time, in February 2015: Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th, Thursday 12th, Friday 13th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th, Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th.

Every evening €200,00 per person, Saturday 14th €230,00 per person. Italia Slow Tour users get a 10€ discount on ticket entrance: at booking time, say you are “Italia Slow Tour” user and get your special lower ticket!

Other details (timing, how to reach the place, dress code, dinner menu) and booking on Venice Carnival official website.


Main pic courtesy of Stefano Montagner (Flickr User @stemonx)


Visit Venice: helpful hints

Italian name: Venezia


The Venice Airport is an international airport. To reach the city centre you can take a bus (it takes 20 minutes and costs 8€) or either a boat to cross the lagoon (15€). The nearest airport for transcontinental flights is the Bologna Airport. From the airport, first you have to reach Bologna Central Station by bus (rides every 15 minutes, it takes 30 minuts, 6€). Then, from the Central Station you can choose between the train and the bus to get to Venice. There are many trains (you can choose between Trenitalia or Italo companies), reaching Venice in 1h 30. Otherwise you can choose Flixbus and get to Venice in 2 hours.


The best way to visit Venice is on foot and across the lagoon and the canals by vaporetto ferry boat (single ticket: 7,5€ for 75 minutes). Check the ACTV website for more.

You may also enjoy a tour on the famous gondole, the typical venetian slim boats floating on the canals led by standing men… why not, just consider that it is a quite expensive tourist experience: a day tour is about 80€, by night about 100€.

What to do

Venice is the capital city of Veneto region, North Eastern Italy. No need of introduction, we guess. Venice is one of the Italian symbols worldwide, one of the most iconic place in the world, with tons of imitations, from Far East to Vegas.

The whole lagoon and part of the city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights, for sure  Piazza San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale. The canals, of course – Canal Grande on top – with all the romantic bridges crossing them (perfect location for proposals and love swearing, by the way). Read a full itinerary by our US Ambassador Virginia, while here you can find some ideas for a one day tour.

The Venice Lagoon counts up to 118 small islands, see Burano, famous for its colorful houses, and Murano famous for the craft production of glass. Here is a full itinerary touching many of the islands.

Planning your trip, try to be in Venice in February to attend its majestic Carnival celebrations (check Carnevale di Venezia official web site for updates). Check also The Biennale web site for the events of arts & architecture fair and to attend the great Venice Film Festival.

Where to sleep

In Venice everything is very expensive, accomodation included. A better choice to save some money would be to sleep in the nearby cities like Mestre or Padua, reaching Venice just for sightseeing.

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