The history of Venice Carnival has ancient origins: they speak for the first time of festivals and public games, and used for the first time the word “carnival”, in the document of Doge Vitale Falier in the year 1094.
But the true origins of this major event can be traced much further back in time. The origins of the Carnival have their roots in the traditions of two great civilizations, the Roman and the Greek, or in Latin Saturnalia and Dionysian cults of Greeks.
The Carnival of Venice, therefore, reinterprets ancient traditions to give to the people, especially the less well-off, a period devoted only to parties and fun. In Venice Carnival the masks guaranteed anonymity – the reference to the Roman traditions was the social levelling for lack of identity – this allows outbursts and satire on the public authorities and social high ranks.
In 1296, an edict of the Senate of the Venetian Republic (also called Serenissima) states that the day before Lent is a day of celebration. Thus begins the great and famous Venetian tradition that is becoming increasingly known for the glitz of any kind of event, the streets are teeming with artists, jugglers, acrobats, jugglers, musicians and dancers.
In the wake of the Greek tradition attached to the use of masks, the Carnival of Venice is associated with the theatre. In addition to the parties and to the public games, many shows are put on stage in private homes, in cafes, and, of course, in theatres giving free rein to amoral transgression (hidden by masks). Finally, in the great Venetian palaces was born the tradition of lavish masquerade balls.
Nowadays, you can rent costumes in Venice to attend parties and parades; we can also arrange a photo shoot to bring out the most of your masks. For information and reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Equally unmissable are the typical Venetian cakes that are prepared during the winter, such as Frittelle and Galani! Read here to know what to eat in Venice.
From January 31 to February 17. 2015.