Venice Carnival is one of the oldest carnivals in the world and was first documented back in 1094. Carnival was a Catholic tradition, a period of feasting, excess and extravagant celebration before the start of Lent, which is 40 days of fasting and sacrifice in the lead up to Easter.
In the week leading up to Ash Wednesday (usually February), Venetians and enthusiastic visitors throw on elaborate costumes and congregate in St. Mark’s Square for parades and parties. Walk around the city and watch street performances or admire the gorgeous costumes and magnificent masks that Venice is famous for.
The masquerade balls are the biggest draw, featuring dinner, dancing and entertainment straight out of the 19th century. Don’t worry if you don't have the traditional costume- you can hire or buy an outfit in Venice.
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