The tradition of Venice Carnival began in the beginning of the 14th Century. Venice Carnival is one of the most internationally known and visited carnival in Italy. The carnival is held every year in Venice and starts 40 days before Easter. The masks were used to hide differences between classes in the past. The streets flood artists and musicians and of course people in impressive costumes. It is very common the see couples in costumes. The next Venice Carnival is scheduled on period from 11. to 21. February 2012.
Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek