Instagram post by @expertvagabond Matt Karsten | Expert Vagabond

The magic of Venice Carnival! πŸ’ƒπŸŽ­
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Modeled after ancient Greek and Roman festivals, Carnival was a holiday that allowed regular citizens to dress up in anonymous costumes and make fun of the aristocracy without fear of retribution.
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But it eventually backfired, allowing criminals to get away with all kinds of crimes behind the masks, and Carnival was banned in 1797. The celebration & parties returned though during the 1960’s.
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Wandering through the confusing alleyways and canals of Venice this week with colorful characters like this was so much fun! 😁
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