Venice Carnival

Venice never quite seems real, but rather an ornate film set suspended on the water.” – Frida Giannini

Venice holds its fabulous carnival from January 23rd to February 9th this year. It’s a beautiful time of the year where the city comes to life with costumes, decorations, parades, events and delicious food.

The Venice Carnival dates back to 1162 where the celebration of the Venice Republic’s victory over their greatest enemy took place: the Patriarch of Aquileia. Venetians gathered in the main square of San Marco and danced and celebrated the victory. Ever since it has become a tradition to celebrate during this time of the year.

Back in the ancient Roman times, the “Saturnali” identified this period of the year during which a joyful collective rite was allowed, almost encouraged, where the rigid order between social classes, sexes, religions and establish hierarchies was subverted.

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