of Venice

Whether as a Casanova, courtesan or noblewoman, the Venetians celebrate ten days their carne vale (Latin for saying farewell to meat), for centuries in colorful costumes with mask.

Antique venetian mask
Antique venetian mask

Impressions of the Carnival of Venice

The masks have a looong tradition here. With them they could (and still can) enjoy the illusion to be someone else. Indeed this symbolizes the Janus-facedness of the Serenissima: Showing by hiding.

Read more on the history of the Carneval of Venice.

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