As we are nearing Ash Wednesday in Venice, Italy, the Carnival is in full swing. The pageantry, costumes and masks take us back to the medieval times of the 14th century.
One has to be there to absorb the experience which is much more than in New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro combined!
Every one should experience this unique place once in a lifetime and DC Travel can make your dreams come true.
A Bit of History from Wikipedia:
The Carnival of Venice (Italian: Carnevale di Venezia) is an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Tuesday or Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival is famed for its elaborate masks.
It is said that the Carnival of Venice was started from a victory of the “Serenissima Repubblica” against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven in the year 1162. In the honor of this victory, the people started to dance and make reunions in San Marco Square. Apparently, this festival started on that period and became official in the Renaissance. In the seventeenth century, the baroque carnival was a way to save the prestigious image of Venice in the world.
Calendar of Events – Carnival of Venice 2015