Venice – Carnival, Quarantine and Santa Maria Salute

Venice – Carnival, Quarantine and Santa Maria Salute

Venice was a port city – a cosmopolitan city, known for tolerance, every winter in the days leading up to Lent, the Venetians held a series of parties and balls. These events became grander and grander with every passing year. Costumes were elaborate and masks were essential. The idea of a ‘masked ball’ originated in Venice, a city known for spectacle, ceremony and drama. In the days of ‘Carnevale’ you could be whoever you wanted to be.