Free From the Moral Order: The Origins of Venice Carnival

Jan 29, 2024 669

BY: Francesca Montillo

You’ve seen images of it, and perhaps, you’ve been intrigued by it all. The masks and millions of people, the spectacle and overindulgence, but what exactly is Venice Carnival? Let’s get to know this age-old, pre-Lent mega party a little bit better.

Exploring the history of Venice Carnival and its curiosities means embarking on a journey into the habits and customs that reigned centuries ago in Italy. Venice has celebrated Carnival sporadically since 1162 AD (having just claimed victory over the Patriarch of Aquileia, Venetians took to the streets in celebration).

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