Venice Carnival is considered one of the most spectacular in Italy and around the world: it attracts thousands of visitors every year and has been held for over 900 years. The festivities last approximately two weeks and involve all kinds of events, from jugglers to acrobats and musicians, to entertain the entire city.
The most common masks or carnival characters are Arlecchino, Brighella and Pantalone, and the most important days are Shrove Tuesday and Maundy Thursday. The carnival traditionally begins with the famous Flight of the Angel and her spectacular descent into St Mark’s Square. In subsequent days the celebrations continue with the Flight of the Eagle, numerous processions in sumptuous costume, exclusive feasts and balls and exhibitions of typical Venetian products, especially in St Mark’s Square.