The Carnevale di Venezia (English: Carnival of Venice) is an festival held in the city of Venice that ends with the Christian celebration of Lent. The festival is particularly famous for its guests' elaborate carnival masks.
The Carnevale is an annual event held in Venice and believed to have started in 1162. By the time of the Italian Renaissance, it became an official tradition of the city. Civilians and nobles alike celebrated the festival by playing games and competitions, dancing, and watching performers in the streets or city squares. The environment was vibrant and people were garbed in colorful clothing and masks. The streets were filled with banners and bunting, whilst processions of people celebrated with fireworks decorating the sky.
It was during the Carnevale of 1486 that the Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze was able to infiltrate the private party held by his target, Venetian Doge Marco Barbarigo, and eliminate him with a Hidden Gun.
- Even after the events of Carnevale, the citizens would continue to celebrate it in the Dorsoduro district for the remainder of Assassin's Creed II, albeit without fireworks.
- Ezio could not change outfits or capes during Carnevale.
- Carnevale was featured as a background to the events depicted in the theatrical trailer for Assassin's Creed II, although the events never happened in the game.
- During the E3 demo of Assassin's Creed II, bonfires were held in Carnevale, which allowed Ezio to use Leonardo da Vinci's Flying Machine.
- Carnevale was also depicted in the fourth Cristina memory in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.