In the Middle Ages, Carnival was a religious festival that took place before Lent. The Venetians took the opportunity to have fun and let off steam before the period of fasting and penance. People wore masks to mix with the crowd and participate in games and dances.

In the 18th century, the Carnival of Venice has become an extravagant and glamorous event. Venetians and tourists dressed up in elaborate costumes and elaborate masks. Masked balls were organized in the palaces and mansions of the city. The Carnival became an important social event for the city's rich and noble.

However, in 1797 Napoleon conquered Venice and banned Carnival. The Carnival of Venice was forgotten for more than 150 years. In 1979, the city of Venice decided to reinstate Carnival. Today, the Carnival of Venice is a popular celebration that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. The costumes are still elaborate and the masks sophisticated, but Carnival is now open to everyone and there are plenty of activities for the whole family.

The Venice Carnival includes elaborate costume parades, masked balls, costume competitions, concerts and street performances. Costumes and masks have become an important part of the culture of the city of Venice. People often wear masks at other events throughout the year, such as wedding parties and local festivals.

The exact dates of the next Venice Carnival will depend on the year. For the year 2023, the Carnival of Venice will take place from Saturday February 18 to Tuesday February 28.

It is important to note that dates can change from year to year, so it is advisable to check the exact dates on the official Venice Carnival website before planning your trip.