The city of Venice was founded in the 5th century originally. It is made up of over 100 islands that are linked by bridges of almost two hundred canals that are connected to a Grand Canal that is shaped like an “S”.
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 most recurrent Venetian mask that you would find in the magical event of the year, the Carnival of Venice, is the traditional Volto mask, which translates into “face; this plain white mask covering the entire face is beautifully decorated and accompanied with a costume including a cloak and a tricorn hat.
The Frittelle alla Veneziana is actually a traditional Venetian carnival dessert since the Renaissance period invented by Scappi, the Pope’s personal cook. Due to its increased popularity, it spread across the state in the 18th century as the “National Dessert”.