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This magnificent Carnevale of Venice goes back in history to the 1100's when Venice celebrated victory in battle. The costumes or "masks", as they are called, were a way to foster equality since one's gender and rank in society were hidden. Outlawed for a number of years,Carnevale was reinstated in 1979 and continues to this day. The setting is breathtaking, as are the masks that are created and worn by a network of passionate people that keep the spirit of Carnevale alive.

This gallery is dedicated to the masks that make Carnevale possible...

Note: Some of these photographs were taken at a private photo shoot arranged in a 15th century palace.

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory Detail:Italy
Keywords:masks, photos venice carnevale, venice, venice carnevale, venice carnevale 2012