Ever since the Renaissance, masks have been a fixture of Venice's Carnevale celebrations.By the 18th century, Venetians were allowed to wear masks for six months a year. Though Carnevale was effectively brought to a halt for many years after about 1800, and was banned by Mussolini's fascist party during the 1930's, it was evived by local artisans around 1979. Since then the annual "Carnival of Venice" has grown to become an internationally renowned event.
March 7th, 2015
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