Venice - couple in carnival costumes at a cafè in St. Mark's square
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#94 We’re not going home

The origin of the Venetian carnival has not been established with certainty, but it is a common convention to acknowledge the beginnings in 1094 when doge Vitale Falier first talks about "public amusement" allowed from authorities and the word "carnival" appears in official documents.
In the following centuries, the carnival is institutionalized and becomes the most famous event in Europe; the wealthy aristocrats will compete, with sophisticated and expensive costumes, to participate to its many exclusive parties in the most beautiful palaces of the city.