Carnevale di Venezia! (Carnival of Venice) – A Short History

It has been said that the first documented use of masks in Venice dates back to the 13th century. In subsequent years, Carnevale evolved into a mass celebration where, being anonymous, one was not judged by their social standing. The result was that all classes could freely and joyously interact.

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Masks were later banned in the 1930’s under the ruling Fascist party, but Carnevale was given the breath of life four decades later by a group of local artisans in the late 1970’s.

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The Italian government quickly fell in step and now showcases this vibrant and very popular festival each year.

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One of the most prized awards during the carnival is “the most beautiful mask” or la maschera più bella.

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Carnevale di Venezia is one of the top festivals world-wide, drawing up to an estimated 100,000 participants and spectators each year.

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Ciao for now, Venezia! I will see you next year!

~Ana