Carnival of Venice
Let me take you to the most famous of carnivals. The carnival in Venice, Italy, is said to date back to the 14th century. In the late 1700s, when Venice came under Austrian rule, the carnival came to a halt for almost two hundred years. In the 1930s it was even declared illegal by the fascist government. It was not until the 1980s that the carnival regained its splendour. It ends on Shrove Tuesday, which begins Lent, the forty days before Easter that should be marked by fasting and abstinence.
© Lars-Olof Nilsson
The carnival of Venice means colour and beauty, mystery and secret love. In their lavish and colourful dresses, these two women hide their true faces behind traditional carnival masks. In this gallery you will see people with beautiful masks or painted faces. Carnival masks are an integral part of the carnival, so much that you will even see pizzas in the form of masks!