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Overview of Venetian masks. (Venipedia/Bazzmann Archive)

Carnival of Venice

A time for amusement, dissolving social tensions, transgressions and of figurative representations of victories and conquests. For the Serenissima, Carnival was the period of the year in which the population was...

Festa della Sensa, Giovanni Battista Brustoloni, 1766 (Rijksmuseum)

Festa della Sensa

This millennial celebration recalls the initial moment that led the city of Venice to be the dominator of the seas: with the Marriage of the sea, the heroic enterprise of the lagoon fleet at the expense of Dalmatia is...