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

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5 thoughts on “Carnevale di Venezia! (Carnival of Venice) – A Short History

  1. What I remember was the dancing in Piazza San Marco. There were several bands in various corners and dancing wildly for hours in the center of the square in those spectacular costumes and masks. As you can tell from the images, they are stage quality. How mysterious to see one of these masked figures approaching through the thickening fog! Bella Venezia!

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