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Its origins are ancient: the first evidence dates back to a document of Doge Vitale Falier of 1094, which speaks of public entertainment and in which the word Carnival was mentioned for the first time.

The establishment of the Carnival by the Venetian oligarchy is generally attributed to the need of the Serenissima, like what has already happened in ancient Rome (see bread and circuses), to provide to the population, and especially the most humble walks of life, a period dedicated entirely to fun and festivities, during which the Venetians and foreigners poured across the city to party with music and wild dancing.

Through the anonymity guaranteed by masks and costumes, it was obtained a sort of leveling of all social divisions and was authorized even derision of the public authorities and the aristocracy.

These concessions were widely tolerated and considered a providential outburst to the tensions and discontent that is inevitably created within the Republic of Venice, which placed strict limits on issues such as morality and public order of its citizens.