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The world’s most fa­mous car­ni­val is a deca­dent dis­play of ex­trav­a­gant cos­tumes, in­tri­cate masks and en­er­getic pa­rades.

Its hum­ble be­gin­nings date back to 1296, when rev­ellers wore masks in par­ody of the aris­toc­racy. Now, the car­ni­val lasts three weeks, with the most im­por­tant events tak­ing place be­tween the last Thurs­day and the last Tues­day be­fore Lent in Venice’s beat­ing heart, Pi­azzo San Marco. Masks are manda­tory at the palazzo par­ties that last through the night. Fancy dress not your thing? Graze on tra­di­tional fri­et­telle Venezia, doughnuts filled with cur­rants, cream and can­died peel, in be­tween the elab­o­rate shows and pa­rades. Be sure to ar­rive be­fore 9am to guar­an­tee a good view.

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