The Carnival of Venice – Get your masks ready!

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The “Venice Carnevale” or carnival is one of the most famous festivals in Italy kicks off in the district of Rio di Cannaregio with an amazing free water show. This annual carnival comes alive with concerts, grand balls, parades and performances.

When is it held?

Who doesn’t like the idea of seeing the entire city at its most colourful and festive? This event attracts people from all over the world and it involves months of preparations. This year, the carnival was held from the 27th January to 13th February 2018 and usually, it takes place in the days leading up to Lent.

History of Carnevale

Carnevale is derived from the Latin words ‘carnem’ and ‘levare’, meaning ‘farewell to meat.’ Eating meat, fats, sugar and even parties were off limits during the 40 days of Lent. Therefore, people get rid of their food and drink and they get their partying out of the way too.

Get your masks ready!

Masking in Venice has a long history. Way back in 1268, a law was passed to ban throwing perfumed eggs and putting on masks. Masks were a fixture of these celebrations by the time of Renaissance. If you are going to be in this part of the country during the Carnevale grab your masks and be prepared to be truly mesmerised. You can get more information on blogs such as Events and Festivals Blog which offers a plethora of information on popular festivals related to seasons.

The Carnevale today

The Venice Carnevale today is a huge celebration. This 14-day festival requires invitations for events the likes of the opulent masquerade balls and has steep ticket prices while street performances and concerts are open and free to the public.


The Carnevale of Venice dates back to 1162 when the local people celebrated a victory over Aquileia and Patriarch according to the tradition.  This event attracts thousands of spectators from around the world every year. Although the festival initiated in the 13thcentury, it was declined during the 18th century.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+