Venice, the Italian queen of carnival cities, will host 18 days of Carnevale this year, with events taking place along the city’s canals from 8-25 February 2020.
Costumed visitors can look forward to water parades, allegorical floats, masked balls, and night parades, with a spectacular water procession from Punta Della Dogana to Rio di Cannaregio opening this year’s program of events on 9 February.
The Carnevale di Venezia dates back to the 14th century, and over the centuries the event was frequently forbidden under various rulers. The modern version of the Carnival, as we know it today, has taken place for the last 100 years.
Carnival ends each year the day before Ash Wednesday which signifies the beginning of Lent, traditionally a period of fasting and abstinence leading up to Easter.