Venice Carnival began in the 15th century but the tradition can be traced back to the beginning of the 14th Century. Story tells that in the past even princes from all over Europe came to Venice and in the Carnival period no differentiation could be made between nobility and the common people.
The Venetians used to grant themselves any transgression and the masks were used to keep their anonymity and to let them enjoy any amusement. Carnival is nowadays the major festival celebrated in Venice, which attracts every year thousands of tourists.
The Carnival officially begins with the “flight of the angel”, which draws the biggest crowd. Traditionally a man did acrobatics from Saint Mark’s bell tower to the lodge of Palazzo Ducale and then offered poetical compositions to the Doge, the chief magistrate and leader of the Republic of Venice. This tradition has been recently resumed and a special guest star plays the role of the Angel, going down from the tower to the square ground. An historical parade follows.
The city transforms itself in a huge stage for a period of 10 days: streets and squares are full of spectacular masks and costumes. It is one of the most ancient and charming feast you can imagine. It is a magic world made of jokes, balls, parades and open air theatre.
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