History of the Venice Carnival
The Venice Carnival is an annual festival held in the previously mentioned city in northern Italy. The Carnival, that by now is famous around the world, always takes place during the ten days leading up to the Tuesday that precedes the Catholic Easter Lent.
The Carnival was first held in Venice during the XI-th century and, at the time, it mainly consisted in about 2 moths of revelry. It was celebrated annually until the XVIII-th century, when it fell into decline. It was revived successfully in 1979 and nowadays it is an excellent excuse to put on a mask and a costume, parade around the beautiful city, enjoy the music in the main venetian squares and the events organised by the tourist board.
This is an admirable open-air festival where everyone that wishes to can join. The fantastic costumes exposed in St Mark’s Square and in Venice form the perfect back-drop for remarkable photographs.
In the XVIII-th century the Carnival began with a series of balls held in St Mark’s Square, as it can be observed on the fresco on the walls of the famous Café Quadri’s. Fortunes were spent in every night at the Ridotto Gambling casino. No matter the social status people wore costumes and masks , many of which were connected to the Commedie del’Arte, Harlequin, Columbine, the Plague Doctor and of course the courtesans.
I personally joined the Venice Carnival on February 17th of 2012 and I took some amazing photos in order to keep the memories of the experience. In my opinion everyone should attend the Venice Carnival at least once in a life time.
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