Just a Matter of Feathers

Carnevale is underway this week in Venice, although the real deal will be this weekend, and Tuesday, which marks the beginning of lent, with Ash Wednesday. This year there were fewer people. Maybe because of Coronavirus, or maybe because of the latest big flood. It was, however, a feast for the eyes, and the photographers. […]

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The History of Venice Masks

The Masks Mystery, enigma, seduction is what is expressed with a mask that conceals one feature. But only a few know where masks come from and the troubled history of masks in Venice.   The mask (the word mask comes from the Arabic “mascharà“, which means mockery, satire) has always been one of the characteristic and […]

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How About that Long “Beaky” Nose?

After the parade of colorful masks of The Story of Venice Carnevale, a curiosity about the meaning of these particular masks that we always see in Venice. History The use of these rudimentary protective masks started back in the XIV century, when the doctors, during the epidemics, began to wear particular beak-shaped masks. The idea […]

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The Story of Venice Carnevale

Carnevale During the Carnival period social conventions are lifted and anyone can play to be whoever they wants, hiding their true identity, social belonging and sex, behind a mask that usually covers the whole face. Meaning According to many interpretations the word carnival derives from the Latin “carnem levare” (“to eliminate the meat“), meaning the […]

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