Carnevale di Venezia is one of Venice, Italy’s most spectacular events.
Now held annually, the tradition of the Carnival of Venice dates back to 1162, when the Venice locals held massive celebrations after a victory in battle. In the Renaissance times, the anniversary of this military success grew into the Carnevale di Venezia.
Today, Carnevale in Venice concludes on the first day of the Christian Lent, acting as a big hoorah before six weeks of prayer and penance.
As if Venice itself doesn’t hold enough beauty and mystique, the Venice Carnival sees the locals don elaborate and ornate masks and fancy costumes to match, mostly harking back to the rich styles of the Renaissance.
During good times, this adornment of masks and costumes allowed locals to let themselves go, celebrating with anonymity that meant you were free to act without problems of social repercussions. During periods of hardship however, the festivities allowed the locals to forget their woes and be happy, if just for a short period.
From the start of the 1700s, the Carnival in Venice also helped put the city on the world map, bringing great fame and esteem to Venice.
However, in 1797, the ruling King of Austria banned Carnevale and the wearing of masks altogether. Despite several attempts to bring back the famous festival in Venice, it was only officially reinstated in 1979 as a governmental attempt to bring back cultural and historical traditions in Venice, Italy.
Today, around 3 million people flock to Venice during Carnevale.
One of our wonderful Venice tour guides took these photos around Venice during the Carnevale di Venezia to share with you!