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Venetian artisans wearing a carnival mask and costume are pictured prior to take part in a demonstration of The Confederation of Venice Artisans (Confartigianato Venezia) at St. Mark's square in Venice on February 7, 2021, as the carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The trade association represents and protects more than 1,500 small businesses, not only craftsmen, in the Venice historical centre, the Islands and surrounding municipalities. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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Venetians artisans set their carnival mask and costumes by the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) after a demonstration of The Confederation of Venice Artisans (Confartigianato Venezia) at St. Mark's square in Venice on February 7, 2021, as the carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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A mask artisan works inside his shop during what would have been Venice's annual colourful carnival, but was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Venice, Italy, February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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A man wearing a face mask walks by the Rialto bridge in Venice on February 7, 2021, as the carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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Seagulls stand on the Riva degli Schiavoni in Venice on February 7, 2021, as the carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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A Venetian artisan wearing a carnival mask and costume is pictured prior to take part in a demonstration of The Confederation of Venice Artisans (Confartigianato Venezia) at St. Mark's square in Venice on February 7, 2021, as the carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The trade association represents and protects more than 1,500 small businesses, not only craftsmen, in the Venice historical centre, the Islands and surrounding municipalities. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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Tourists wear colourful neckties on the Rialto bridge to celebrate Venice's annual carnival, which has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Venice, Italy, February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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A boy wears a carnival costume in St. Mark's Square to celebrate Venice's annual colourful carnival, which has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Venice, Italy, February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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A view shows the Doge's palace on St. Mark's square in Venice on February 7, 2021, as the carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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A reveller wears a carnival mask in St. Mark's Square to celebrate Venice's annual colourful carnival, which has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Venice, Italy, February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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Venetian artisans wearing carnival masks and costumes take part in a demonstration of The Confederation of Venice Artisans (Confartigianato Venezia) at St. Mark's square in Venice on February 7, 2021, as the carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The trade association represents and protects more than 1,500 small businesses, not only craftsmen, in the Venice historical centre, the Islands and surrounding municipalities. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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A general view shows a deserted Campo St. Anzolo in Venice on February 7, 2021, as the carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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Closed shops are pictured on the Rialto bridge in Venice on February 7, 2021, as the carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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People wear carnival masks and costumes in St. Mark's Square to celebrate Venice's annual colourful carnival, which has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Venice, Italy, February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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The owner of a mask artisan shop wears a costume to mark Venice's annual colourful carnival, which has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Venice, Italy, February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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The Grand Canal is pictured from the Rialto bridge in Venice on February 7, 2021, as the carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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People wear carnival masks and costumes by the Bridge of Sighs to celebrate Venice's annual colourful carnival, which has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Venice, Italy, February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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People wear carnival masks and costumes in St. Mark's Square to celebrate Venice's annual colourful carnival, which has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Venice, Italy, February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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People wear carnival masks and costumes in St. Mark's Square to celebrate Venice's annual colourful carnival, which has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Venice, Italy, February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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A boy and Venetian artisans wearing a carnival mask and costume are pictured prior to take part in a demonstration of The Confederation of Venice Artisans (Confartigianato Venezia) at St. Mark's square in Venice on February 7, 2021, as the carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The trade association represents and protects more than 1,500 small businesses, not only craftsmen, in the Venice historical centre, the Islands and surrounding municipalities. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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Mask artisan Hamid Seddighi works on a papier-mache mask laboratory 'Ca del Sol' in Venice on February 6, 2021, as the traditional Venice carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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A view shows gondolas moored in Venice on February 7, 2021, as the carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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Venetian artisans wearing a carnival mask and costume pose by the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) within a demonstration of The Confederation of Venice Artisans (Confartigianato Venezia) in Venice on February 7, 2021, as the carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The trade association represents and protects more than 1,500 small businesses, not only craftsmen, in the Venice historical centre, the Islands and surrounding municipalities. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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A person wears a carnival mask in St. Mark's Square to celebrate Venice's annual colourful carnival, which has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Venice, Italy, February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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A closed bar is pictured on St. Mark's square in Venice on February 7, 2021, as the carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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A view shows St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace on a deserted St. Mark's square in Venice on February 7, 2021, as the carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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Carnival masks are displayed at an artisan shop during what would have been Venice's annual colourful carnival, but was cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Venice, Italy, February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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A child plays with their grandmother's wheelchair in St. Mark's square as people celebrate Venice's annual colourful carnival, which has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Venice, Italy, February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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People wear carnival masks by the Bridge of Sighs to celebrate Venice's annual colourful carnival, which has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Venice, Italy, February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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People walk across a deserted St. Mark's square in Venice on February 7, 2021, as the carnival is being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. / AFP / Marco Bertorello
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Revellers wear carnival masks and costumes to celebrate Venice's annual colourful carnival, which has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Venice, Italy, February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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A photographer takes a picture of a person wearing a carnival costume in St. Mark's Square to celebrate Venice's annual colourful carnival, which has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Venice, Italy, February 7, 2021. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri
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Updated 09 February 2021

Venice still magical as tourist-free carnival kicks off

Venice still magical as tourist-free carnival kicks off

Sumptuously-dressed couples promenaded around St Mark's Square in the swirling fog as Venice kicked off its celebrated carnival this weekend -- without the usual crowds of tourists, absent due to the pandemic.