Our stock photos from The Venice Carnival show the exuberance, colour and extravagance of this much loved event. The night water parade marks the opening of the festival. See the acrobats and fire-eaters performing on the water. Carnival masks are here showing the creativity that Venetians put into their designs. Carnevale di Venezia - started in the 12th century in the historic floating city of Venice in northern Italy. After a 200 year break it re-started in 1979. The lavishly dressed anonymous Venetians, make this the world's most extraordinary carnival.