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The Venice Carnival

The Venice Carnival dates to 1094, during the dogeship of Doge Vitale Faliero, but the first official mention of the Carnival as a public festival in Venice dates to 1296.

Since then the Carnival has been an inextricable part of Venetian life.

Originally the Carnival was only celebrated on the last day before the beginning of Lent, then during the 18th century it became longer and longer, eventually lasting for several months!

During the period of the Republic, the Venice Carnival represented a magical moment; all classes of society were swept up in a wave of transgression and overturned rules, with open-air parties, masked balls and games...

Nowadays the Venice Carnival takes place in February during the period leading up to Lent and attracts hordes of tourists who flock from all over the world to experience the magic atmosphere of this spectacular festival.

Every year the Venice Carnival proposes a new programme of events and shows organised by the events agencies and by the city of Venice which turn every corner of the city into a stage.

There are masked processions, concerts in St Mark's Square, plays in the campi and parties and masked balls in the palazzi



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