The Magic Of Venice Carnival

Step into a world of enchantment and intrigue as you embark on an exclusive behind-the-scenes exploration of the legendary Venice Carnival.

Immerse yourself in the captivating atmosphere of one of the world’s most renowned events, where every corner holds a story waiting to be captured by your lens. Venice Carnival is a dazzling spectacle of color, creativity, and culture, providing high-end photographers with an abundance of opportunities to capture unique travel and portrait shots of the charismatic locals adorned in their carnival attire.

From the intricately crafted masks to the vibrant costumes, from the lively parades to the timeless landmarks, Venice Carnival offers a visual feast for photographers seeking to capture the essence of this extraordinary celebration. Experience the rich history and timeless charm of Venice Carnival, a centuries-old tradition dating back to the Renaissance era. Originating in the 11th century, Venice Carnival was a lavish celebration where masked revelers roamed the streets, indulging in music, dance, and festivities.


    • Capture the essence of this vibrant celebration as you delve into the heart of the festivities, seizing behind-the-scenes moments alongside award-winning locals.
    • The Venice lagoon with its fishermen who still fish using ancient methods. The construction of gondolas by the only remaining craftsman in Venice who still builds gondolas as in ancient times.
    • The glassmakers of Murano with the oldest existing business in the world dating back to the 8th century.
    • The Jewish Ghetto of Venice, the oldest ghetto in the world and one of the few neighborhoods in the city where Venetians still live.
    • The abandoned islands of the Venetian lagoon. Once psychiatric hospitals, they were closed and abandoned overnight after the Basaglia Law in 1979. Thus, they remain intact with tables still set and the beds still made.
    • The lace and textile manufacturing industry of Burano.
    • Participate in dynamic morning and evening workshops with Marco Di Lauro, and receive personalized portfolio reviews aimed at enhancing your photography prowess.


Better Moments Expert Marco di Lauro

More about Marco Di Lauro

Marco Di Lauro is a World Press Photo Award-winner working for, among others, Newsweek, Time Magazine, New York Times Magazine and Der Spiegel. He has worked under an exclusive contract for Getty Images Reportage since 2002, covering the Middle Eastern conflict in the Gaza Strip, and spent almost all of 2003 and 2004 in Iraq, documenting the American invasion and the plight of the Iraqi people.
Along with his wartime coverage, Di Lauro also covers events such as the Palio of Siena Horse Race and the Battle of the Oranges that breaks out every year in the city of Ivrea in Italy, Easter processions in Sicily, the Easter procession in Seville, and the religious life in Italy and the Vatican City.
In his stories, whether large or small, in Italy or abroad, he always attempts to capture the sacred side of life and its deeper meaning.


In his webinar, World Press Photo Award winner Marco Di Lauro talks about his life dedicated to reportage photography and explains more about Il Palio Di Siena and our 2022 workshop.


On Location

  • Immerse Yourself in the World of Travel Photography and learn to conquer the unique challenges that arise in every corner of the globe.
  • Capture the essence of candid moments, dynamic energy, and human interaction with finesse and flair.
  • Experience the thrill of mastering the art of composition, perspective, and focal points to create captivating and dramatic photographs that tell stories beyond words.
  • Dive deep into the intricacies of exposure times and aperture settings, mastering the play of light and shadow in various environments.
  • Discover the art of approaching subjects for street photography with ease and grace, uncovering the hidden gems of each location.
  • Unveil the secrets behind successful documentary and reportage photography, using your camera as a powerful tool for storytelling.

In the Classroom

  • Elevate your skills through daily reviews of your captured images, receiving constructive criticism to refine your craft and elevate your artistry.
  • Engage in in-depth on-location and theory workshops led by the seasoned expertise of Marco Di Lauro.
  • Dive into the digital realm as you delve into the nuances of Photoshop and/or Lightroom, refining your post-processing techniques to breathe life into your photographs.
  • Unlock the potential of your portfolio through private 1-on-1 portfolio reviews, receiving personalized guidance and insights to propel your photography to new heights.


Day 0: Prepare for Your Adventure

To ensure you make the most of your journey, we recommend arriving one or two days earlier to acclimate to the local climate and shake off any jet lag. This extra day not only allows you to adjust but also provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Venice.

Should you desire assistance with accommodations or local excursions, Better Moments is here to help.

DAY 1: Kickstart with passion

Upon your arrival at our hotel in Venice, you’ll have the opportunity to meet your fellow travelers over a welcome dinner. This gathering serves as an introduction to our Venice Carnival workshop—an adventure filled with photography and exploration.

Led by Marco Di Lauro, the evening will include a presentation and lecture, offering valuable insights into the workshop’s itinerary and the equipment best suited for our photographic endeavors.

Day 2: Shoot with the flow

We will navigate through the narrow streets and along the canals to reach St. Mark’s Square. Along the way, we will photograph the many sights we encounter. St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) is home to several landmarks, including St. Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale), and the Campanile (bell tower). At St. Mark’s Square, we will find the best backgrounds for our portrait photography, including the legendary Gondolas lined up along the famous Venice lagoon.

After lunch, which we enjoy at a local restaurant, we once again glide into the vibrant carnival atmosphere. Quite literally, we go with the flow, seeking out the best locations and opportunities for unique travel photography.

After dinner, Marco will present his most important reportage images, which are the cornerstone of his long career as a reportage photographer for Getty Images. Following the presentation, we’ll discuss the day’s photos taken in the vibrant streets of Venice. Marco will provide constructive criticism, preparing you for the next day’s photography.

Day 3: The glassmakers of Murano

We start the day by visiting The glassmakers of Murano, one of the oldest existing business in the world dating back to the 8th century.

There are ample opportunities to capture unique and photogenic moments as the glassmakers perform their artistic glasswork.

After lunch and street photography, we’ll visit the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, the oldest ghetto in the world and one of the few neighborhoods in the city where Venetians still live.

Tonight, we’ll discuss our photos taken during the day, and Marco will provide his best advice for optimizing street and reportage photography.

Day 4: Behind-the-scenes of Venice

We start early at dawn to experience the local fishermen casting their nets into the Venetian Lagoon. This traditional method of fishing has been passed down through many generations. In the first rays of dawn, we’ll capture the fishermen with the legendary city as a backdrop.

The rest of the day is a behind-the-scenes exploration of Venice. We’ll visit local artisans, churches, and cultural sites where the locals and costumed revelers apply their makeup or simply relax. In other words, it’s a day filled with plenty of opportunities for unforgettable and future-important moments from the world’s most mysterious and enchanting canal city.

Evening lecture and photo discussion after dinner.

Day 5: The abandoned islands

We leave Venice behind and embark on a full-day tour of the lagoon – exploring The abandoned islands of the Venetian lagoon. Once psychiatric hospitals, they were closed and abandoned overnight after the Basaglia Law in 1979. Thus, they remain intact with tables still set and the beds still made. It’s an extraordinary experience offering endless opportunities for creative photography.

We sail back to Venice during the blue hour, capturing the city in its most beautiful light. And on our way back to the hotel, we’ll visit one of the local churches, offering a serene backdrop as costumed festival guests find tranquility in the sacred surroundings.

Tonight, we gather for a farewell dinner, reminiscing in relaxed surroundings about the fantastic and truly unique workshop we experienced together.

Evening lecture and photo discussion after dinner.

Day 6: Take off

Today marks the departure from Venice as we bid farewell to the city and the memories we’ve created during our time here.

As a valued customer of Better Moments, we offer you the opportunity to extend your stay in Venice and continue enjoying the carnival. We can arrange extra accommodations and provide private guidance. Please let us know, and we’ll take care of the rest – in short, we are here to support you.

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Passionate Photographer Lucy Mohr

“My workshop with Marco Di Lauro photographing the Palio di Siena actually changed my life. I attended as an amateur photographer, secretly hoping I might learn enough to become professional one day. The time I spent learning with Marco surpassed all my expectations.
Marco approached it like we were on an actual news assignment. It was a baptism of fire and I went from day 1 of not even thinking to charge my camera batteries for the next day to ending the trip with Marco telling me I was a born photojournalist. His teaching was inspiring, demanding and opened my eyes to the possibilities of where hard work, passion and commitment could get me. I’ve since become a portrait photographer (I’ve a young family, so although I did undertake some incredible photojournalism adventures since my time with Better Moments, becoming a portrait photographer is a perfect balance of working under pressure and meeting diverse and interesting people).
Genuinely, I can’t thank Marco enough for his time, patience and dedication in getting the best out of us as a group and as individuals. I still think of the lessons he taught me in my work today.”

Lucy Mohr, from the UK, participated in our Italy workshop with Marco Di Lauro


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  • February 21st – February 26th, 2025
  • 6 Days
  • Number of guests: 8-12
  • Local transport
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
Not included
  • Travel to and from the workshop destination
  • Visa and taxes
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance


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    • € 6,437 in single room.
    • € 5,967 in shared double room.
    • Groups sign-up a group of 4+ participants and receive a group discount.
    • All prices are per person.
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When traveling to Venice, you typically fly to Venice’s Marco Polo Airport (VCE). This is the largest airport in the region and is located approximately 8 kilometers north of Venice’s city center on the mainland.


For all EU/EEA nationals, only an identification document is required to enter Italy.
Non-EU/EEA travelers intending to visit Italy, San Marino, or the Vatican must present a valid passport, valid for at least three months beyond the planned date of exit, and, if subject to the Italian visa regime, a valid visa. Additional documents may be required depending on the country of origin. For more information, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.


In late February, the weather in Venice is typically cool, but it gradually becomes milder compared to the coldest months. The average temperature usually ranges between 5°C and 11°C, but it can vary from day to day.


Italian is the official language of Italy. In tourist areas, Italians typically speak basic English.


Italy’s official currency is the Euro (EUR).


  • Markus Square (Piazza San Marco) – Home to St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Campanile, and the Doge’s Palace.
  • Rialto Bridge (Ponte di Rialto) – An iconic bridge over the Grand Canal, known for its shops and markets.
  • Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) – An impressive building that once served as the seat of Venice’s government.
  • Grand Canal – The main canal in Venice, where you can take a romantic gondola ride.
  • Murano, Burano, and Torcello – The three most famous islands in the Venetian Lagoon, known for their glassblowing, colorful houses, and historic churches.
  • Gallerie dell’Accademia – An art museum with an extensive collection of Venetian paintings from the 14th to the 18th century.
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection – A modern art museum located in a beautiful palace on the Grand Canal.
  • Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari – An impressive church housing works by major artists such as Titian and Bellini.
  • Teatro La Fenice – A famous opera house known for its fantastic acoustics and spectacular performances.
  • San Giorgio Maggiore – An island with a stunning view of Venice, featuring a church designed by Palladio.
  • These attractions provide a comprehensive overview of Venice’s culture, history, and architecture and are must-see destinations during your visit.
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