Every February, Carnival takes over the city of Venice. While there are a ton of events to check out, you really shouldn’t miss The Flight Of The Lion: the ritual closing event of the carnival, paying tribute to the lion who is a symbol of the city. A huge banner is flown over St Mark’s Square, so get there early and be sure to get a clear vantage point. There’s a dance performance and singing, and obviously costumes galore. All in all, this event is a beautiful way to close out a festival which transforms the whole city — truly a bucket list moment to witness with your own eyes. Don’t miss it!

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