The European city that we all associate with carnival has to be Venice, where the festival is brought to life with a spirit unique to this romantic city with its watery filigree of canals. And it's not surprising, as carnival tradition in Venice dates back nearly a thousand years. The Venice Carnival 2011, which aims to pay homage to two themes: the unification of Italy and women, has taken the slogan da Senso a Sissi, la citta delle donne – 'from Senso to Sissi, the city of women' – in reference to Visconti's 1954 film Senso, and to Princess Sissi, the nineteenth-century icon of fashion and elegance. From February 26th to March 8th, the whole city will be transformed into a magical world of colour, sensuality and mystery.
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