The Venice Carnival dates back to 1162 when Venetians danced around San Marco Square in celebration of the Repubblica della Serenissima victory.
The Carnival attracts three million tourists each year with many competing for the coveted La Maschera piu bella, the best mask event.
Masks were originally worn to give anonymity to class distinction and add an air of intrigue and mystery to the numerous balls, dinners and parties that take place. The Carnival has had several spells throughout history of falling out of favour, but its spiritual home on the island of Burano kept the Carnival alive until 1979 it was restored to the heart of Venice to establish itself today as one of the most iconic, celebrated and longest-running events in the world.
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