Tomorrow, 3 February, will see the Festa delle Marie take place as part of the Venetian carnival. But what are its true origins? Find out here.
The second in a series of posts exploring the history of the Venetian Carnival and the events which would have taken place during the time of the Venetian Republic (697-1797).
Tomorrow, 27 January 2018, is the official start of what is probably the most famous carnival in the world, the Carnevale di Venezia. Soon the calli and campi will be full of people, mostly tourists and mostly French, sporting costumes ranging from the outlandish to the opulent, and posing for photographs evocative of the final century of … Continue reading Carnival in Venice
The arrival of carnival in Venice is announced by the appearance of fritoe in the shops. These are sweet fritters, covered with sugar, a bit like a donut, which are traditionally eaten throughout the carnival season.
Today, 13 December, is the feast of Santa Lucia. Venerated all over the Christian world, Santa Lucia has special links with Venice that go far beyond the name of the train station.
Now that the feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) is out of the way, Italians really turn their minds to Christmas. Venice is no exception. For weeks, the smaller calli of the city have been decked with Christmas lights that have been waiting for their chance to shine. The lights in the piazza and … Continue reading Christmas lights of Venice
November 2 is, in the Venetian calendar, 'el zorno dei morti', the day of the dead. In common with the whole of the Catholic world, the day in which dead friends, family, and ancestors are remembered and honoured. In Venice, the focus shifts to the island of San Michele, which since 1807 has been the … Continue reading The day of the dead