Five Venice Carnival Facts

the carnival masks of Venice on display in a shop

Venice Carnival is a one of the biggest celebrations in Italy. Here are some fun facts that people might not know about Venice Carnival.

  1. Venice Carnival lasts about two to three weeks and is a final party before Ash Wednesday and Lent. It was first originated in the 11th century.
  2. The wearing of the Venetian mask was a way for people to hide their social status and identity and freely socialize with whomever. The mask allows carnival celebrants to interact with people from different social standings without being judged.
  3. The main events of the carnival are held at Piazza San Marco. Contests for the best carnival costume and the best carnival mask take place on a stage in this piazza. This is the best location from which to enjoy the festivities and witness the costumes of carnival.
  4. Carnival means “farewell to meat” which stems from the Catholic practice of eating all the meat they could before the start of Lent. Partaking in the last days of eating meat is part of the celebration of the Venice Carnival. A famous Venice Carnival food tradition is the fritole which are sweet fritters which are often stuffed with cream and dusted with powdered sugar.
  5. There are about 10 different types of Venetian masks. The most traditional mask is the Bauta style. Bauta appears in white and is a mask that was used throughout the whole year by people who wished to continue to hide their identity.

If these facts are not enough to fulfill your Venice Carnival needs attend the Carnival yourself one day. Fulfill your bucket list goals and take a trip to Venice during the month of February to be a part of this long-standing, fascinating celebration.