Typical carnival masks – photo by girolando.it
The Venice Carnival is the most internationally known festival of masks celebrated in Venice, as well as being one of the oldest. This congregation
of masked people, called Venice Carnival, began in the 15th century, but the tradition can be traced back to the beginning of the 11th Century. Woman traditionally wore the columbine half-mask, covering only the eyes, nose and the upper face, but it has been adopted by men, too.
Typical carnival masks – verbanoviaggi.com
It is a great excuse to don a mask and costume, parade around the city, enjoy the live music in the main squares of the city; the events organized by the tourist board and there is a wonderful open-air festival where everyone can join in. Fantastic costumes are displayed in St Mark’s Square and Venice becomes the perfect backdrop for amazing photographs.
During the Carnival, this magical city fills with a mass of masked partygoers – posing and dancing, in a slightly surreal re-invention of a great tradition of the city. It is a unique occasion, and a great time to see the city in a new and exciting light.
St Mark’s Square is the fulcrum of Carnival activities, here you will find the most extraordinary costumes. The search for the year’s best costume is the chance to strut your finery on the stage, always erected in St Mark’s square.
Key Carnival events will also take place inside the Arsenale, Venice’s magnificent under-used historic shipyard. In a half-way-house between a son e lumière and a strobe-swept disco, the huge spaces will host to water-borne pageants, re-enactments, street artists and bands. It will also host events for the Kids’ Carnival.
…Choose your mask!