Venice Carnivale gets off to flying start
Venice's world famous 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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Irene Rizzi poses with an actor dressed as a "Doge" (lord) after performing the "Angel flight" or "Flight of the dove" from the bell tower of Saint Mark's square (Piazza San Marco) to officially launch the Venice Carnival on January 31th 2016.