Venetian Masquerade ball "Il Ballo del Doge: The Greatest Dream" - Venice

Attend the 30th Edition of one of the most anticipated masquerade balls of the year and experience a grand party with evocative shows and scenes creating an atmosphere never seen before.

ASW Events Team
ASMALLWORLD invites you to the most exclusive international event of the Venice Carnival! Over the years, Il Ballo del Doge has been defined in a number of ways: a costume ball, a dinner show, a dance party and more. Everyone has lived it and loved it differently. Everyone sees it through their own personal perspective. Certainly, Il Ballo del Doge is the definitive “Masked Ball”: the first in modern times to re-invent the spirit of the festivities, dances and banquets as they were staged in times gone by for the aristocracy of the Venetian Republic.

The temporal doors of The Greatest Dream are about to open, the imaginative realm of an indefatigable dreamer, Antonia Sautter, the Grande Dame of the Venetian Carnival, who this year invites you to celebrate the 30th edition of her grandest dream-in-progress, Il Ballo del Doge.

On Saturday 18 February 2023, in the majestic setting of the Scuola Grande della Misericordia, the gears of time will go mad with joie de vivre! A carousel of music, lights, characters and emotions awaits you that will trigger your fantasy, imagination and that art of amazement that everyday life sometimes robs us of.

This is an Access event. Access events are specially selected for our community by the ASMALLWORLD team. Although no ASMALLWORLD representative will be present, we have arranged for our members to benefit from privileged conditions when possible. Please contact us at if you have any further questions. We hope you will enjoy this event!

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Il Ballo del Doge is an artistic event, a worldly and world-class appointment, an unforgettable experience that unites guests coming from all corners of the world. It is worth saying that during the Serenissima (the proudest period in Venetian history), even the most exclusive balls did not incorporate, as Il Ballo del Doge does, such a wealth of exceptional talent in the production of entertainment and culinary extravaganza for their guests.

Guests wearing the costumes, designed and created by hand in The Antonia Sautter Atelier, reach the Palazzo by water, instantly immersing themselves in a fantasy world.

Press, Media and Guests who have partaken of the event during the different editions have defined it as the most sumptuous, refined and exclusive costume ball in the world, some even saying it should be one of the hundred things you do in a lifetime.

‘The most awaited event in the world: Il Ballo del Doge in Venice. An explosion of paniers and crinolines, red heels and tricorns, velvets and sumptuous brocades’  - Vogue

‘One of the ten experiences one must absolutely live in life’ - ABC Television


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