Where the traditional costumes - Harlequin, Briguella and Pantalone - have now been substituted by an ever ingreasing, phantasmagorical series of disguises that have fast become "traditional".
The name is derived from the ancient Veneti people who inhabited the region by the 10th century B.C.
The city historically was the capital of the Venetian Republic. Venice has been known as the "La Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Masks", "City of Bridges", "The Floating City", and "City of Canals". Luigi Barzini described it in The New York Times as "undoubtedly the most beautiful city built by man".
Venice has also been described by the Times Online as being one of Europe's most romantic cities.