Venice Carnival is one of the most important carnival celebrations in the world.
This event is very important for the city of Venice: it is one of the oldest popular feasts that every year attracts tourist from all over the world coming to see its beautiful and unique masks.
The Carnival of Venice is a mixture of tradition, history, fun and trasgression from rules. Its official origins can be traced back to 1296 when and edict of the municipality of Venice Republic declared public holiday the tuesday before Lent.
During Carnival every excess in the city was permitted and people used to wear mask to protect themselves during their “promiscuous” activities.
The tradition of Carnival in Venice was interrupted in 1797 when Venetian Republic (Serenissima) was brought to end by Napoleon.
After 2 centuries of “inactivity” Carnival celebrations started again very recently, in 1979, when many associations in Venice, togheter with the municipality of the city decided to give new birth to this special and unique event.
The “modern” Carnival of Venice lasts ten days and stops the day before Ash Wednesday, called Mardì Gras. During theese days Venice is animated by a rich programme of concerts, masquerade balls, teather, historical procession and many other events.
One of the most known is the “Flight of the Angel” that takes palce in San Marco Square during first Sunday during Carnival time.
This event has very old origin: during the Serenissima period an unknown guest of Venice used to fly along a rope all over San Marco Square, from San Marco bell tower to the middle of the square, offering an homage to the Doge. With modern Carnival the Angel was substituded by a mechanic bird called “Colombina” until 2001 when the ancient tradition of the Angel, represented by a real person, was reactivated.
For more information about Venice Carnival and to know the official program of Venice Carnival 2015 please visit www.carnevale.venezia.it