Among Italy’s most beloved carnivals, particular mention goes to the Carnival of Venice. The first official document with which the Carnival of Venice was declared a public celebration dates back to 1296 – an edict by the Senate of the “most Serene Republic,” making the day before Lent a holiday. Today the Carnival of Venice is an evocative and much-anticipated popular feast, unique in terms of its history, its masks and its atmosphere. Highly-reputed and appreciated in all the world, it brings thousands of tourists to Italy every year.