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Venetian Carnival Masks

Giorgio Iurcotta is a true Venetian Mask artisan and has been a part of a centuries-old tradition that is as colorful and complicated as Venice itself. He relocated to Florida from Venice, Italy, in 2001 to represent the company his mother owns – Balocoloc Artisans of Venice – and can be found quietly painting beautiful and mysterious paper mache masks inside a small shop within the Italy Pavilion.

Venetian Carnival Masks

I had the pleasure of visiting my friend Giorgio recently and want to share a few images of some of the magnificent masks that he and his family have created.

If you have never taken in the spirit of Carnevale di Venezia, I would encourage you to stop by on your next Epcot visit. You won’t be disappointed.

Comments

  • WOW! How pretty they are!
    When I was a child, I had serveral masks. It’s the first time I knew them.

    Hope 5 years later, I could find them in disneyparks of Shanghai, China.

  • So beautiful! I can’t wait to go and see them in person!

  • These masks are so beautiful. My daughter had admired them for years and decided she just had to have a masquerade ball for her Sweet 16 last year. Of course we had to make a special trip to Epcot to choose a mask for the ball, so we made a day of it on her actual 16th birthday. It made for some great Disney memories. She had the ball with her best friend, who was also turning 16, so we had a girl’s only trip. We lunched with the princesses in Norway and both girls wore tiaras, princess sashes, and birthday buttons. I ordered a birthday cake and a gorgeous floral arrangement to be delivered to the table. . . .and this all started because she had to have one of those beautiful masks.

  • You mention the Carnevale di Venezia. Will the special food and mask wearing at Tutto Italia be occurring again this February?

    • Erin-Giorgio did mention that s the restaurant wait staff borrow some of his masks each year to honor Carnevale.

  • I remember being in Epcot late last year and that area being completely gone – since I went into the store and looked for it for a gift. I thought it was odd.

    Did they bring it back?

    • The shop moved across the courtyard this past year.

  • His masks are fabulous! I bought a comedy/tragedy pair a few years back, and have them displayed in my living room.

  • I collect masks and can’t wait to visit this store. Last time I was at Epcot I had no idea it existed and clearly, I’ve missed out.

  • I own two of these beauties. I love this section of the shops. I hope it stays put for a long time.

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