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Venice Carnivale

Listed under Festivals in Venice, Italy.

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Every year, just before Lent, the Venetians enjoy a 12-day escapade as they step back in time to the 13th Century, when wearing a mask was part of life for much of the year – not just during the Carnivale. The townspeople would use masks to hide from gambling creditors and for plenty more subversive reasons, endowing the traditional Carnivale characters such as the eerily pale, beaked and bespectacled ‘medico’ or the hard-chinned ‘bauta’ with an extra sense of risk and mystery. Today a visitor can pair one with a cloak and tricorne hat to join the locals, or watch the fancy-dress posers and revellers partying all across the island, late into the dark February night.

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“10 top world festivals”

For The Telegraph First published 24 September 2008 Carnevale is a masked extravaganza, and your chance to spend 12 days looking like the Phantom of the Opera. The world’s best known fancy-dress party, it’s as extravagant as Rio’s Carnaval is riotous,… Read more...

Written by press. See the full article in The Telegraph, 24 August 2008

“Venice takes off its mask”

By Teresa Machan for First Published Friday 13 February 2009 Of all the pomp and pageantry Venice is famous for, none of its festivals has quite the allure of Carnival. Set against the city's fairytale backdrop, Carnival is the perfect m… Read more...

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