The Carnival of Venice began just after the mid-12th century in honour of the victory of Serenissima Repubblica.
The locals began to dance in St Mark’s Square in the center of the city and became an annual tradition.
The “Horses of St. Mark” in Venice were actually transferred to the city from Constantinople in the early 13th century (1204) after the successful invasion by the Venetians as a way of revenge for the Venetians who were slaughtered in the city in the 12th century.
The Lion of Venice came to symbolize the charming city after it became a part of its St Mark’s Square in the 12th century. It is definitely a sight to see when you are touring the islands of the romantic city of Venice when on vacation.