Discover the 16th prisons of the Piazza San Marco, one of the earliest jails in Europe, created in 1500 and linked to the Doge’s Palace through the famous Bridge of Sighs.
What is Carnival?
Carnival is an annual celebration that takes place before the coming of Lent. It is believed that the tradition began in Venice in the 12th century when Venetians came to Saint Mark’s Square to celebrate a battle victory.
Today the celebration is world-famous, largely because of the costumes, specifically the masks. Explore more of the magic of Carnival through our activities below.