Being one time in my life in another century. Could it be possible? Yes, in Venice. I came for Carnival and I stepped back in the past.
It is said that the Carnival of Venice started from a victory of the Serenissima Repubblica against the Patriarch of Aquileia, Ulrico di Treven, in the year 1094. In the honor of this victory, the people started to dance and make reunions in San Marco Square. Apparently, this festival started on that period and became official in the Renaissance. In the seventeenth century, the baroque carnival was a way to save the prestigious image of Venice in the world.
It was very famous during the eighteenth century. It encouraged pleasure, but it was also used to protect Venetians against the anguish for present time and future. However, under the rule of the King of Austria, the festival was outlawed entirely in 1797 and the use of masks became strictly forbidden. It reappeared gradually in the nineteenth century, but only for short periods and above all for private feasts, where it became an occasion for artistic creations.
Banned by Mussolini’s fascist party during the 1930’s, carnival was subsequently revived by a number of local artisans around 1979. Since then the annual Carnival of Venice has grown to become an internationally renowned event, celebrated by tourists and Venetians alike.
Of the many different types of events celebrated each year during the carnival the Gran Ballo della Cavalchina at the Teatro La Fenice is considered as the most spectacular and exclusive of all the Venetian masked balls.The modern Venetian Carnival culminates on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (known as Mardi Gras).