GRAN BALLO DELLA CAVALCHINA
A climax of colour, costume and culture, this is one of the world’s greatest balls and the most exclusive event at the annual Carnival of Venice. Held at the historic Teatro La Fenice, the night is likely to be an even greater spectacle in 2015 as it is partnered with the Expo in Milan. For the rest of the week, watch in awe as masked revellers take over the city, and you mustn’t miss the Flight of the Angel, when the most beautiful girl in Venice rides on a zip wire from St Mark’s Campanile. January 31 to February 17.