Venetian Carnival 2012

The Carnevale di Venezia is an annual festival, held in Venice, Italy. The Carnival starts 40 days before Easter and ends on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Martedì Grasso), the day before Ash Wednesday. Venetian Carnival is famous for it’s balls, parties and dressing up extravagantly and of course it’s masks. [39 photos total]

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Masked revellers pose in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Masked revellers pose in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Masked revellers stand inside Caffe' Florian coffee shop in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Masked revellers sit inside Caffe' Florian coffee shop in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Masked revellers sit inside Caffe' Florian coffee shop in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Masked revellers stand inside Caffe' Florian coffee shop in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Masked revellers pose in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Masked revellers pose in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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A masked reveller poses in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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A masked reveller poses in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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A masked reveller poses in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Masked revellers pose in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Masked revellers pose near Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Masked revellers pose in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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A view of Rialto bridge in the Grand Canal of the northern Italian city of Venice February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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A gondolier rows his gondola across the Grand Canal in Venice February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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A view of Venice is seen on a frozen lagoon February 6, 2012. Bitterly cold weather sweeping across Europe claimed more victims on Sunday, brought widespread disruption to transport services, and left thousands without power with warnings that low temperatures would continue into next week. (REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri) #
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A frozen canal is seen in Venice on February 6, 2012. Bitterly cold weather sweeping across Europe claimed more victims on Sunday, brought widespread disruption to transport services, and left thousands without power with warnings that low temperatures would continue into next week. (REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri) #
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A boat is seen outside a traditional Venetian house in downtown Venice February 6, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Revellers pose in St. Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Masked revellers pose in St. Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival in Venice February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Craftsman Mario Belloni makes a mask at his workshop in downtown Venice February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Craftsman Mario Belloni makes a mask at his workshop in downtown Venice February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Masks are displayed in the workshop of craftsman Mario Belloni in downtown Venice February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Masks are displayed in the workshop of craftsman Mario Belloni in downtown Venice February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Masks are displayed in the workshop of craftsman Mario Belloni in downtown Venice February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Masks are displayed in the workshop of craftsman Mario Belloni in downtown Venice February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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A woman sews a dress at the atelier of costume designer Stefano Nicolao in downtown Venice February 6, 2012. Nicolao is one of the biggest costume designer in Venice with more than 10,000 costumes, working with theater, cinema and renting during the Venice carnival. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Costume designer Stefano Nicolao adjusts a dress in his atelier in downtown Venice February 6, 2012. Nicolao is one of the biggest costume designer in Venice with more than 10,000 costumes, working with theater, cinema and renting during the Venice carnival. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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A woman looks for a dress at the atelier of costume designer Stefano Nicolao in downtown Venice February 6, 2012. Nicolao is one of the biggest costume designer in Venice with more than 10,000 costumes, working with theater, cinema and renting during the Venice carnival. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Tailors adjust a dress at the atelier of costume designer Stefano Nicolao in downtown Venice February 6, 2012. Nicolao is one of the biggest costume designer in Venice with more than 10,000 costumes, working with theater, cinema and renting during the Venice carnival. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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A man looks for a dress at the atelier of costume designer Stefano Nicolao in downtown Venice February 6, 2012. Nicolao is one of the biggest costume designer in Venice with more than 10,000 costumes, working with theater, cinema and renting during the Venice carnival. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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A woman sews a dress at the atelier of costume designer Stefano Nicolao in downtown Venice February 6, 2012. Nicolao is one of the biggest costume designer in Venice with more than 10,000 costumes, working with theater, cinema and renting during the Venice carnival. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Tailors adjust dresses at the atelier of costume designer Stefano Nicolao in downtown Venice February 6, 2012. Nicolao is one of the biggest costume designers in Venice with more than 10,000 costumes, working with theater, cinema and renting during the Venice carnival. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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A tailor adjusts a dress at the atelier of costume designer Stefano Nicolao in downtown Venice February 6, 2012. Nicolao is one of the biggest costume designers in Venice with more than 10,000 costumes, working with theater, cinema and renting during the Venice carnival. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Hats are seen at the atelier of costume designer Stefano Nicolao in downtown Venice February 6, 2012. Nicolao is one of the biggest costume designers in Venice with more than 10,000 costumes, working with theater, cinema and renting during the Venice carnival. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Rolls of fabric are seen at the atelier of costume designer Stefano Nicolao in downtown Venice February 6, 2012. Nicolao is one of the biggest costume designers in Venice with more than 10,000 costumes, working with theater, cinema and renting during the Venice carnival. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Dresses are seen next to a painting depicting costume designer Stefano Nicolao at his atelier in downtown Venice February 6, 2012. Nicolao is one of the biggest costume designer sin Venice with more than 10,000 costumes, working with theater, cinema and renting during the Venice carnival. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
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Costume designer Stefano Nicolao adjusts a dress in his atelier in downtown Venice February 6, 2012. Nicolao is one of the biggest costume designer in Venice with more than 10,000 costumes, working with theater, cinema and renting during the Venice carnival. Picture taken February 6, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #

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