The Carnival of Venice (Carnevale di Venezia) is a yearly festival that takes place in Venice, Italy. The Carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter, on Shrove Tuesday (Martedì Grasso). The festival is famous for its elaborate masks.
It’s said that the Carnival of Venice was started from a victory of the Venice Republic against the Patriarch of Aquileia, in the 12th century. To honor this victory, the people started to dance and gather at San Marco Square. It is said that the festival started on that period and became official. In the seventeenth century, the baroque carnival was a way to save the prestigious image of Venice in the world.