As you have seen from the Valentine post, we enjoyed Verona and used it as a home base to visit Venice during Carnevale di Venezia which has just begun. This celebration originated in the 14th century and has evolved over the centuries to become a tradition of masquerade balls and merry making. The traditional masks were worn so no differentiation could be made between nobility and common people and still are a focal point today of the elaborate costumes worn by many. Although not as busy as a summer visit, a lively crowd was feeling celebratory, surrounded by the beautiful canals filled with gondolas and the history of Piazza San Marco.image

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