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Carnevale di Venezia

A Carnevale ogni scherzo vale!

Two people wearing costumes and masks celebrating Carnevale in Venice

Venezia, often referred to as La Serenissima, is the backdrop of the yearly Carnival of Venice, one of the most famous carnivals in the world, with origins dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries.

A brief history of Carnevale

Two masked characters in colourful costumes in a open square in Venice

Photo by Wanblee CC BY-SA-3.0

The origins of Carnevale are first documented in papers by Doge Vitale Falier in 1094. The history of Carnevale has been influenced not only by the politics and culture of the Republic of Venice but also by the history and politics that have shaped the whole of Italy thoughout the centuries.

Learn about the history and origins of the Venetian masks and Carnevale as it is celebrated today.

Carnevale themes and events

Commedia dell'Arte characters on stage

Each year a new theme is chosen for the Carnevale di Venezia.

Sweets for Carnevale

Italian sweets called 'chiacchiere' on a plate

Traditional sweets are an integral part of food during Carnevale in Venice and throughout regions of Italy.

See how regional names for sweets may differ.

Italian language sites

Variety of white and coloured Venetian masks

Photo by Gnuckx CC BY-2.0

Learn more about Le origini del Carnevale di venezia and I dolci di Carnevale.

Find Laptop wraps for Italian language learners on the topics of My house and Virtual shopping.

Link to CLI Italian resources

See syllabus links for Stages 4–6 students.

More Carnevale links on the social bookmarking site Delicious

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