Every year for three weeks iconic Carnival turns Venice into magnificent open-air theatre. Essential calendar of traditional events is a must for all lovers of traveling: Volo dell’Angelo (Angel's Flight), La Festa delle Marie (Marie's Celebration), Masquerade Parades in St. Mark's Square with the finest prize to the most beautiful one, Theater shows in all squares of Venice and always special
Holiday on the Water in Rio di Cannaregio, an emotional opening of the event. Equally exciting is the event calendar and the theme that are being developed year after year. There are also plenty of circus, music and dance shows around the city and within the numerous historic houses, as well as the special itineraries to discover the most mysterious places in the city.
Celebrated since 1100 this holiday has truly ancient origins. During the epoch of Serenissima Republic celebration lasted for up to 6 weeks, from Befana until the fat Tuesday, and it was an exceptional opportunity for all the nobles in the city who could dress up and masquerade to merge with the crowd. Venice was famous for the highest level of tolerance to any kind of banter during this time of year, so that social differences were almost abolished. People came from everywhere in the fields and squares of Venice, to admire the most varied attractions: jugglers, entertainers, dancing animals, acrobats; and to dance to the trumpet, pep and drum ring while street vendors sold dried fruits, chestnuts and fritòle (the pancakes).
The event has always had international resonance and it has not been celebrated since the end of the 700's until the tradition was revived in 1979, involving all the cultural realities of the city until present day.