The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas Launch Carnevale, Inspired by the Festivals of Italy

The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas will come alive with the fantasy, food, fun and romance of Italy during CARNEVALE, a three-month celebration of the summer festivals of Italy, May 27 through September 8, 2013. Based on the highly successful premier in 2012, the festival will be expanded to feature 300 experiences throughout the summer, including many exclusively for The Venetian and The Palazzo guests and Grazie members.

CARNEVALE is inspired by the numerous festivals that grace the small villages and towns of Italy throughout summer. The grandest of them all — Venice’s CARNEVALE — was born in 1162, and is heralded as one of Europe’s greatest celebrations of art, food and culture. In that tradition, wonder and revelry will surround guests at The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts, with activities that center around entertainment, art, fashion, games, sports, music and wine. From visual spectacles to themed characters and unexpected surprises around every corner, guests will be wrapped up in the pageantry that is CARNEVALE.

“The magic of CARNEVALE is never knowing what unexpected surprise is around the corner,” said John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo. “CARNEVALE offers the perfect place to unmask your inner artist, adventurer, foodie and romantic.”

Special Value for Overnight Guests

The “Passaporto di CARNEVALE” will be included with overnight stays throughout CARNEVALE featuring special discounts and entertainment specials valued at more than $1,000, including retail offers from resort restaurants, spa, and The Grand Canal Shoppes. The Passaporto is an exclusive benefit to resort guests. During CARNEVALE, members of Grazie, The Venetian and The Palazzo’s premier loyalty program, can continue to earn valued Status Points with all suite charges by linking a Grazie account to suite reservations. Guests visiting during CARNEVALE will enjoy a calendar of special events, activities and promotions, including nightly entertainment spectacles.

Special Weekends include:

A Taste of Italy Weekend (featuring Mario Batali; June 1) The dynamic team behind B+B and Carnevino present a special experience for foodies. The weekend’s signature event will feature interactive elements at several stations, including Italian salumeria, pasta station, meat station, dessert station, and more. (Noon – 5pm; $60 per person, Palazzo Waterfall Atrium)

Sammy Hagar Tiki Pool Party Weekend (with barbecue by Emeril Lagasse; June 8) This is the ultimate mash up of barbecue by acclaimed chef Emeril Lagasse with a performance by Sammy & The Wabos, all in the world’s largest Five Diamond resort. Savor every bite of Emeril’s signature barbecue while sipping signature cocktails poolside. (7:30pm; Concert: $55 plus tax per person, suite package available; Grand Pools of the Venetian)

Tignanello Vertical Wine Dinner & Weekend (June 28) This was the first Sangiovese to be aged in barriques, the first red wine to be blended with non-traditional varieties (like Cabernet) and one of the first Chianti reds not to use white grapes. Tignanello is a milestone. It is made from a selection of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The wine is aged in barriques for about 12 months and for a further 12 months in the bottles. ($200 per person, suite package available.)

Passion for Cabernet Weekend (July 25) Your Carnevale experience includes a special wine dinner, featuring the rare opportunity to dine with Marcus Notaro (winemaker Col Salare) and Glenn Salva (Estate Manager at Antica). ($200 per person, suite package available.)

Curtis Stone Up-Close & Personal Weekend (July 26-27) Fans of this Australian chef (host of “Top Chef Masters”) will have an opportunity to taste recipes from his latest cookbook at this “pop up” Curtis Stone restaurant, featuring a five-course tasting menu with wine pairing. Experience also includes a Champagne reception, photo op, and an autographed book. (6pm; $200 per person, suite package available.)

Giro D’Italia Wine and Food Walk (August 9) Celebrate “Tour de Italy” with a special wine- and food-themed event held throughout Grand Canal Shoppes, featuring food and wine booths. (Tickets: $29 plus tax)

Cheer for Beer Festival (August 17) Spend the afternoon at AZURE, our luxury pool at The Palazzo, where we celebrate the drink we all love — beer! (Tickets: $29 per tax)

World’s Largest Bachelorette Party Weekend (July 19-21) This summer, TAO Group is calling on all Bachelorettes to attend what promises to be the World’s Largest Bachelorette Party taking place in Las Vegas at TAO®, LAVO® and TAO BEACH in The Venetian and The Palazzo.

Ping Pong Challenge Weekend (dates and details TBD)

Havana Nights Weekend (dates and details TBD)

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