The tradition of public festivals such as ancient in Venice, as the city itself. Leadership among them, of course, belongs to the famous Venetian Carnival. Its history goes back to the pagan Roman Saturnalia festival, at which time swept aside all class distinctions. And Carnival became remarkable for the fact that people equated with masks. Since then, the national holiday, which was first recorded in official documents in 1094 Doge Vitale Faliero.
Originally carnival costume consisted only of black capes and three-cornered hats and white mask. Masks are generally eternal passion Venice. The most famous of them is called "BAUTA." Masks have become a real attraction in Venice, as well as a great souvenir for a long time afterwards reminds travelers of the tour in Venice.