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Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas Celebrating Carnevale

April 24, 2012

The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas will celebrate the magic and fantasy of Carnevale this summer, featuring three months of classic Italian festivities, including new experiences, entertainment, art, music and wine beginning June 2.

A celebration of discovery, taste and fun, Carnevale is themed on the myriad of summer festivals that grace the small villages and towns of Italy throughout summer. Wonderment and revelry surround guests from the moment they enter the resorts through an elaborate, oversized masquerade mask and see the colorful banners and streamers. Carnevale will mark the debut of The Venetian's spectacular outdoor light show on the iconic clock tower and a colorful parade, the core of all Italian festivals, will wind its way through the property each night.

From these visual spectacles, to the themed characters and the unexpected surprises around every corner, guests will be wrapped up in the pageantry and magic that is Carnevale. In addition, each month will portray a different theme representing a various aspect of Italy, inviting guests to come back to experience all the new experiences and magic throughout Carnevale.

"The magic of Carnevale is never knowing what unexpected surprise is around the corner and the distinctively themed months offer a unique and special experience every time you visit," said John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo. "Summer is always a fun and joyous time and Carnevale offers the perfect place to spend time and make lasting memories with friends and family."

A "Passaporto di Carnevale" will be included with select suite packages offered throughout Carnevale with special discounts and entertainment specials as well as retail offers from The Grand Canal Shoppes and The Shoppes at The Palazzo. The Passaporto will be an exclusive benefit to resort guests and Grazie members, The Venetian and The Palazzo's premier loyalty program. During Carnevale, Grazie members can continue to earn valued Status Points with all suite charges by linking a Grazie account to suite reservations.

Mese di Arte - Art Month (June 1-30) Throughout Mese di Arte, the resorts will be transformed into an art gallery with unbelievable 3-D chalk artists creating seemingly impossible masterpieces. Glassblowers will demonstrate their intricate art with demonstrations and guests can meander through the resort admiring one-of-a-kind pieces with an interactive Art Walk or take photos with living art installations.

Mese di Musica - Music Month (July 1-31) Guests will delight in the sound of music resonating throughout the resort during Mese di Musica with a concert series featuring musicians and vocalists in The Venetian Showroom and outdoor stage near the outside gondola areas.

Mese di Vino y Cucina - Wine and Food Month (August 1-31) Mese di Vino y Cucina will offer savory wine tastings from top winemakers while children relish the experience of learning to make spaghetti or pizza in cooking classes. In addition, chefs will show their craft in cooking demonstrations and meet and greets.

Doge's Palace and Carnevale Light Show Guests will enter The Venetian through an enormous, ornate Venetian masquerade mask spanning the width of the main bridge and standing 75 feet high. Representing "day" on one side and "night" on the other, the mask is made of molded hard coated epoxy and weighs 14 tons.

The front of Doge's Palace will be transformed into an Italian-style street piazza with small cafe tables and waiters offering candied apples, refreshing fruit sorbets and traditional Italian favorites including prosciutto and caprese paninis. In addition, street vendors will be set up offering caricature drawings or whimsical green screen photography to purchase.

Guests can take a romantic glide down the outdoor canal and enjoy a delicious dessert experience featuring a duo of lemon and orange Italian sorbets.

Each night, the facade of the Clock Tower will illuminate in a spectacular light performance with a distinct, complimentary five-minute show at 9, 10, 11 p.m. and midnight. Designed by The Projection Studio, the same company that designed groundbreaking shows for Buckingham Palace and the World Cup, the show took approximately two months to create and build in the 3D model. Designers started by digitally mapping and scanning the entire building to create the virtual prototype used as the projection base, then artwork and themed shows were designed to work with the architecture of the building and music was created to complement each individual show. Once the performance was designed, an animation consultant created the astonishing 3D movement.

Carnevale Festival Parade Each evening, an exciting electric light parade will wind its way throughout the resort. Starting from The Palazzo Theater and winding through The Palazzo casino floor, past the Waterfall Atrium & Gardens into The Venetian casino and the Grand Colonnade onto Doge's Palace, the electric gondoliers and courtesans, stilt walkers and jugglers will create a visual spectacle. The parade will start at 8 p.m. daily and is complimentary to the public.

Carnevale Nights Every Saturday starting at 9 p.m., adults will head into Azure for a night of revelry reminiscent of Carnevale nights. The one-of-a-kind rotunda will feature sophisticated and sexy events including body painting, jazz bands and wine tastings. Admission is complimentary with daybeds and cabanas available to rent (food and beverage minimums apply). Must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Please call Azure at 702.767.3724 for more information or for reservations.

Food & Beverage A seasonal Carnevale cocktail menu will be available throughout the resort lounges including Zebra Lounge, La Scena, Oculus, Fusion Mixology Bar and Laguna Champagne Bar featuring festive, colorful cocktails such as Piazza prosecco with campari, Grand Marnier, prosecco, raspberry; Carnevale Bellini with choice of strawberry, passion fruit or mango puree topped with prosecco; Festivale with clove-infused Bacardi peach, limoncello, fresh lemon juice; Tarantella with Romano Sambuca, pisco, house made falernum, fresh lemon juice, peychauds bitters, topped with Pellegrino and chilled grappa.

Prix fixe menus and specials will be offered at select restaurants throughout the resorts and specialty Carnevale dining offerings can be ordered in-suite including Cavatappi pasta with sweet peas, morels, and pancetta and grilled marinated rib-eye, asparagus sauteed with garlic and chili flakes paired with fingerling potatoes.

Guests can also enjoy Sweet Surrender's limited-time raspberry white cake with chocolate ganache cupcakes.

Wedding Packages Those looking for a unique way to commemorate their nuptials will have a variety of whimsical wedding packages to choose from including "Carnevale of Love" with a white gondola wedding along the Grand Canal; "Viva Carnevale" with an accordion player and cotton candy and jumbo lollipop treats for their guests; "Step Right Up" with a live musical trio and festive Carnevale decor; or the "Cotton Candy Kisses" with an assortment of Carnevale jewelry and masks presented to guests and souvenir mask for the bride and groom.

Canyon Ranch SpaClub(R) The famed Canyon Ranch SpaClub will offer Carnevale-inspired summer seasonal services including the Limoncello Scrub fragranced with a synergy of tart Italian lemon and sweet vanilla to leave skin baby soft; Grape Seed Body Oil Massage to revitalize and rehydrate the skin with copious amounts of vitamins C,D,E and Beta Carotene; and the Fresh Squeezed Lemon Facial, designed to maximize the skin's ability to slough off the wear and tear of summer sun damage and encourage it to hold on to its own natural moisture.

In addition, Canyon Ranch Grill will offer healthy, organic cocktails including the Portafino with Crusoe spiced rum, pomegranate juice, cinnamon-infused simple syrup, Canyon Ranch sour mix, fresh squeezed lime and apple juice; Capri Breeze with Crusoe rum, Fruitlab orange liqueur, Canyon Ranch sour mix; Capri Cooler with Crusoe rum, muddled lime, Canyon Ranch simple syrup; and the Sorrento Sunrise with Crusoe spiced rum, Fruitlab orange liqueur, Amaretto syrup, lime and pineapple juice.

Children's Activities Parents can enjoy a moment of quiet with each other while their children's imaginations and creativity run wild as they decorate Venetian masks with feathers and sequins or have airbrush tattoo artists draw fun designs. Petite artists can create pottery masterpieces or try their luck at the carnival-inspired game booth. Complimentary from 2-11 p.m. daily.

Carnevale will run from June 2 to Sept. 1. For more information on Carnevale, please visit or

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