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Venice creates a Renaissance garden

2009-02-16 03:58:51 GMT2009-02-16 11:58:51 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

INTRO: Venice turned its centrepiece St Mark's Square into a Renaissance garden on Sunday (February 15) for this year's carnival.

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The ten days of carnival will try to recreate the opulence of the 1700's, a decadent time during which Venice's elite spent fortunes on parties and gambling, allowing their military and commercial empire to decay until Napoleon conquered the city in 1797.

The festival signals the start of Venice's tourist season.

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