In the 12th century (1162), the Carnival of Venice began after a successful victory of the Republic against the Patriarch of Aquileia when people on the streets began to dance and reunite in St Mark’s Square.
The festival received this official title in the Renaissance period. In 1797, however, the festival was outlawed by the King of Austria.
The celebrated colourful event was re-launched in the late 20th century (1979) when the Italian government made the decision to restore and return this historic and cultural heritage aspect of Venice. If you are in this charming city doing some sightseeing and exploring, make sure you visit the carnival which is held every year.
The main feature of the Carnival of Venice, the renowned yearly festival held in San Marco Square, are the masks! You will find many beautiful and unique masks and costumes when you attend the event in Venice during the holidays.
There are many shops around Murano Island that sell the renowned exquisite Murano glass as well as numerous museums and factories that can be toured during the day.
Tourists visiting the island especially enjoy the demonstrations of the glassmaking process by the talented glass-makers.
The most famous landmark of Murano is the the Basilica dei St Maria e Donato, which originally was built in the 7th century
It was, however, reconstructed in the 12th century after St Donatus’ remains were moved to the church along with bones said to be from a dragon he slayed, which now hang inside the church on the altar.