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Exemplary of many carnival festivities worldwide and enchantingly beautiful – the carnival in Venice.
- The origins of the Venetian carnival goes back to the Saturnals of antiquity up to the 12th century.
- The first carneval festival (pullus carnisbrivialis) in Venice was mentioned in 1094.
- It was first celebrated at Italian princely courts. Since the late Middle Ages the carnival has become more and more complex and elaborate.
- The festivities usually started on 6 January, the Epiphany fete and ended at the beginning of the fasting season on Ash Wednesday.
- The zenith of the carnival in Venice ended with the annexation to Austria in 1797.
- Luckily, the Venetians celebrated 10 days after the Venetian annexation to the Kingdom of Italy.
- Federico Fellini’s movie Casanova revived the carnival in 1976.
- Today, Venice is famous for its historic carnival with masks, animal fights, hercules games and fireworks, as well as those of Florence and Rome.
- Even today is celebrated 10 days until Ash Wednesday – so we are right in the middle 😉
- Everything is worn from the half mask to the mask costume, the baùtta – consisting of a cloak with a hood, a mask and the typical Venetian tricot.
If you want to celebrate all days, you can not get past the coffee. Fortunately, the Italians have an ample selection of coffee specialties.
Here an overview for you.