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'Flight of the angel' kicks off Venice Carnival
Irene Rizzi performs the "Angel flight" or "Flight of the dove" from the bell tower of Saint Mark's square. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

'Flight of the angel' kicks off Venice Carnival

AFP · 1 Feb 2016, 09:21

Published: 01 Feb 2016 09:21 GMT+01:00

On the twelfth chime of midday from St Mark's Campanile, fearless 19-year-old Irene Rizzi leapt from the famous bell tower, attached to a wire 80 metres above the huge crowd that had gathered for one of the world's most celebrated carnivals.

SEE ALSO: In pictures - Venice Carnival gets off to flying start

The carnival, which lasts until February 9th, is thought to have started in 1162 after a military victory. Abandoned for decades, it was resurrected in 1980.

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