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<DIV ID='layer1' style='position:static;background-color:#eeeeee'><FONT COLOR='#003366'><A HREF='http://www.venicemasquerade.com/'><B><FONT COLOR='EE0000'>The Carnival party 'Dance of Sighs'</FONT></B></A> - The some ten-thousand tourists that every year, wearing masks of different shapes and types, bring back to life the magic of the Carnival, help in handing on a tradition that is lost in the mists of time.
In Venice the Carnival was traditionally one of the popular feasts that the whole city loved most, and it was renowned abroad too. Back to the 11th century, in 1094 to be precise, we can already find informations on the Carnival. At that time Vitale Falier was the city Doge, and Venice was already a big and feard about power: that same year the Serenissima stipulated with Byzantium a very proftable pact, according to which the Venetians were given warehouses and grounds in Costantinople, and also trade advantages and fiscal exemptions. The power of Venice was triumphant all over the Maditerraneum.
About 200 years later, in 1296, the day preceeding Lent was publicly declared festivity. Since then, the Carnival has accompanied the city life, reflecting the different historical circumstances like, for example, the great victory gained by Venice in 1571 against the Turcs that gave occasion for maskings and festivities in the Carnivals of the following years.
But Venice fully won its fame as the 'city of the Carnival' in the XVIIIth century: gentlemen from all over Europe invaded the Serenissima, in order to enjoy themselves among the streets and squares, in the casinos and in the theatres. During the Carnival there was a very valuable theatrical season and also many wonderful private feasts in the Palazzi on the Grand Canal. In 1769 also the Emperor of Austria, Francesco Giuseppe, guest of the Tron and Rezzonico families, took part in the Carnival incognito under the name of Count of Falchenstein. It was then not so unusual that kings and princes of European courts took part in the Carnival.
When the Republic fell down and the city progressively lost its vitality, also the tradition of the Carnival was abandoned. Under Italian occupancy the revival of the tradition, with public and private festivities and theatre performances, involving ?foreigners? and all the Venetians, dates back to some twenty years ago. And now the Venetian Carnival is again one of the most famous in the world.
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