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.
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.
Antonio Vivaldi was born in 1678 in Venice and started teaching the violin at the Ospedale della Pieta in 1703. His Baroque works allowed him to gain recognition and respect in the city and around the world.
The church of Ospedale della Pieta holds frequent mass services and even some music programs of Baroque style to this day, so it would be interesting to attend some of their events while on your trip in Venice.
Be a part of a great Venetian tradition by attending the Carnival of Venice this year during the month of February!
There are Venetian masks of materials such as leather, porcelain and even glass at the Carnival of Venice. You can buy one as a souvenir of your thrilling trip in Italy!