SOURCE: The Venetian | The Palazzo Las Vegas

The Venetian | The Palazzo Las Vegas

April 23, 2012 20:14 ET

The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas Celebrate Italian-Inspired Summer Festival "Carnevale"

The Quintessential Italian Summer Festival Features Three Months of Entertainment, Art, Music and Wine

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Apr 23, 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 café 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 façade 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 sautéed 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 décor; 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®
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

TWEET: Celebrate #Vegas' premier summer festival #Carnevale at @VenetianVegas and @PalazzoLasVegas this summer starting 6.2

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With more than 3,000 spacious suites, luxury shopping, world-class dining and entertainment, the $1.9 billion, Silver LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified Palazzo Las Vegas literally takes luxury to new heights. Ranked as one of the top 25 hotels in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure "World's Best Awards" for two consecutive years, the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-Award winning resort is highlighted by a flagship 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York. The Shoppes at The Palazzo® feature more than 60 luxury boutiques, including 20 remarkable stores and couture brands making their Las Vegas debuts at The Palazzo including Chloé, Tory Burch, Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Van Cleef & Arpels and Catherine Malandrino. The all-suite resort offers plush and opulent suite accommodations ranging from a Luxury Suite at an unprecedented 720 square feet to the 8,000-square-foot Chairman suite with private terraces and plunge pools. The Palazzo also offers a variety of cuisines from a collection of award-winning chefs such as Carnevino by Mario Batali, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse. Other unique offerings include the chic dining and nightlife hotspot, LAVO; the world's largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub®; the ultimate sports bar, sportsbook and restaurant on the Strip, Lagasse's Stadium; and Prestige at The Palazzo -- an exclusive space designed to offer the sophisticated traveler an elevated level of services and amenities including private champagne check in, packing and unpacking services, exclusive bath and pillow menus, complimentary cocktail reception and more. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premiere loyalty program, which rewards guests with the ease and usability of just one card and one program. The Palazzo and its famed sister resort, The Venetian Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio. For additional information, visit The Palazzo website at, follow on Twitter @palazzolasvegas and interact on Facebook at

The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, the largest property in the country to receive AAA's Five Diamond and the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards, is one of the world's most luxurious resort and convention destinations. Recreating Venice's legendary landmarks, the LEED® EB Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas' most lavish suite accommodations. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features The Grand Canal Shoppes®, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, a wide variety of entertainment such as "Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular," "Blue Man Group," showroom headliners including David Spade, Rita Rudner, Tim Allen and Joan Rivers and extensive convention and corporate services. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premiere loyalty program, which rewards guests with the ease and usability of just one card and one program. The Venetian and its sister resort, The Palazzo Las Vegas, are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group® global portfolio. For additional information, visit, follow on Twitter @venetianvegas and interact on Facebook at

Earn points when you EAT, SLEEP, SHOP & PLAY with Grazie, The Venetian and The Palazzo's premier loyalty program. Grazie rewards guests for staying in the resorts' suites, dining at the restaurants, shopping at the boutiques, and gaming in the casinos. Guests will enjoy the services and amenities available at two world class resorts with the ease and usability of just one card and one program. Guests playing on qualifying slot and video poker can earn three types of points: Status Points, Slot Reward Points and Grazie Gift Points. Slot Reward Points can be redeemed for a choice of slot credits or resort comps. By linking their Grazie account to their hotel reservation, guests can earn Status Points for all suite charges including: restaurant meals, show tickets, spa services, nightclub drinks, participating shop purchases, suite rates and in-suite charges. Grazie offers three levels of membership: Grazie, Gold and Platinum. A guest's membership level determines the rate at which points are earned and the higher the level, the faster points are earned. For additional information, please call Grazie at 877.2GRAZIE or 702.414.4116.

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