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 Venetian staples are fish, rice, and of course, polenta!
Pasta and pizza originate from Italy and have been recently added to the restaurants’ menus for increased diversity as well as due to their popularity.
In the late 19th century, Mark Twain, the famous American author who wrote the world-renowned “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, came to Venice and dedicated most of his chapter in “The Innocents Abroad” on the urban Venetian life with reference to the traditional gondolas and their “captains”.