Ballo Tiepolo® - Grand Ball of Carnival

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February 2021

The Ballo Tiepolo® holds all the sophistication, splendour and magic of the carnival balls of the Eighteenth Century. As tradition, the Grand Ball takes place on Fat Thursday at the Pisani Moretta palace, located on the Grand Canal. The architectural importance of the façade, framed by the splendid Gothic mullioned windows of the two main floors, conceals wonderfully elaborate Baroque decorations inside with the works of the most outstanding Venetian artists of the 18th Century such as Giambattista Tiepolo, Jacopo Guarana, Gaspare Diziani and Giuseppe Angeli.

The guests, upon their arrival, will be welcomed with drinks and appetizers on the ground floor, and then they will be guided to the noble floor to enjoy the seated dinner with a menu created by our Michelin star chef. When making the reservation it's possible to choose between the regular menu of fish and the vegetarian option. In case of food intolerances, the chef will create an alternative menu. 

Throughout the evening the baroque orchestra will play and entertain the guests along with the opera singers and the Dance Masters, who will teach the basic steps of the period group dances to the guests. Moreover, acrobats, actors of the Comedy of Art and other performers will move through the different rooms of the first floor to surprise the guests during dinner.

After midnight, an absolute new feature for 2018, the Grand Ball of Period Dances will continue on the ground floor with a second music ensemble and under the guide of the Dance Masters. Between the dances the guests will enjoy some coffee/hot chocolate, Venetian sweets and Prosecco wine.


Ballo Tiepolo® - Grand Ball of Carnival, Pisani Moretta Palace

Date: Thursday 20 February

Hours: 8 p.m. – 1.30 a.m. (Doors open at 7.50 p.m.)

Timing: 8:00pm door opening and cocktail;
8.45pm dinner and shows; 11:30pm - 1:30am Period dances and after dinner

Prices: it includes welcome aperitif, dinner in the booked hall, and after dinner.

Address: San Polo 2766, water entrance on the Grand Canal and street entrance from Calle Corner

DRESS CODE: period costume


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Palazzo Pisani Moretta

Palazzo Pisani Moretta is a palace situated along the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy (in the sestiere of San Polo) between Palazzo Tiepolo and Palazzo Barbarigo della Terrazza.


Built in the second half of the 15th Century by the Bembo family, the palace soon became the residence of a branch of the noble Pisani family (the Pisani Moretta branch). The palace was renovated, modified and extended over the following centuries, finally taking on its current aspect in the 18th Century. In fact many of the valuable interior decorations date back to the 18th Century. Past guests to the palace included important historic figures such as Tsar Paul I of Russia, Joséphine de Beauharnais and Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor.

Palazzo Pisani Moretta remained in the Pisani family until it died out in 1880 but the building is still owned privately.

The interior rooms were decorated by Baroque artists such as Tiepolo, Jacopo Guarana, Gaspare Diziani and Giuseppe Angeli. The palace once housed, among other things, Paolo Veronese's monumental painting The Family of Darius before Alexander, which was viewed here by Goethe in 1786 (diary entry from October 8 of that year) and acquired by the National Gallery, London, in 1857, where it now hangs. The palace is said to have housed a ceiling painting called, The Chariots of Aurora by Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini (1675-1741), which was restored and installed in the Library of George Vanderbilt's Biltmore House in Asheville, NC.

It hosts an annual masquerade ball Il Ballo del Doge, held during the Carnival period.


The façade of Palazzo Pisani Moretta is an example of Venetian Gothic floral style with its two floors of six-light mullioned windows with ogival arches, similar to those found in the loggia of the Doge’s Palace flanked by two single windows. The ground floor has two central pointed arched doorways opening on to the canal.

(c) Didier Descouens
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