History of Venice Carnival
The origin of this festival is as mysterious as Carnival itself. However, it seems that it all began in 1094. Discover the history of the Carnival of Venice!
Carnival Events
The top free events of Venice Carnival 2023
Take a look at the free events of the Venice Carnival 2023!
Venice Canals, Italy: interesting facts you didn't know
Venice is a city built on water, and it is not surprising that Venice canals, Italy, are an important part of the city’s identity. Find out more!
The Venetian Lagoon and its wooden Poles and Mooring Posts
In the Venetian Lagoon, the vertical wooden poles made of chestnut or oak that you see arising from the water are called Briccole or "Bricole" in Venetian.
Torcello the Byzantine island
Torcello is a small island in the Venetian Lagoon. A town that today has only 10 inhabitants, but was once the first inhabited island in the Lagoon.
Burano Island - What to see?
Find out what to see in Burano Island. The jewel of the lagoon is famous for its glassmaking and brightly colored houses.
Venice and the Age of the Carnival myth
In the 18th century, in Venice, noblemen no longer wear their togas of office, the women have asses black from all the pinches they get: there is enough joking and luxury you can’t image: religion is going down the drain’ Angelo Labia poet, priest and member of a Patrician family lamented in a journal of this period.
Murano Island in Venice
If you are looking for one of the most beautiful and magical islands in Italy, you must head to Murano, an island rich in history and art famous for glass-making.
Venice Carnival Origins
The origin of Venice Carnival is still uncertain. What it is sure is that its initial affirmation is based on three specific moments: between religious celebrations and wars. Three years: 1094, 1162, 1296. These are the historically documented year of the first period of development of Venice Carnival.
Venice Palaces: Ca’Dario, the history of a "cursed" palace
Among the stories and legends that linger in Venice palaces, let’s discover the history Ca'Dario, also known as "the cursed palace of Venice."
Ca' D'Oro, Ca' Farsetti and Palazzo Grimani
Considered by many to be the most beautiful palace on the Grand Canal, the Ca’ d’Oro was built by expert stonemasons in the 15th century, mostly nameless artisans under the direction of the great architect Bartolomeo Bon.
The Carnival of Venice during the 1700s
Venice in the 1700s experienced unparalleled lavish decadence with parties and entertainment. Learn about the history of the city of masks and the history of carnival.
How to make a Venetian Carnival Mask
The Venetian mask has a long history stretching back almost 1,000 years. Nobody knows for sure when or why the tradition of wearing masks began, but there is a lot of speculation. The history and origins of “the mask” is as mysterious as the mask itself.
The Bridge of Sighs, the Clock Tower and Mercerie
You are now on the Ponte della Paglia, the Bridge of Hay, where boats would drop off stacks of hay for the horses’ stables inside the Palazzo Ducale on the ground floor.
Carnival Balls and masquerade parties
Venice is famous for its Carnival balls and masquerade parties. Celebrate the 2023 Carnival at one of the best masquerade balls in Venice!
Piazza San Marco, Cafè Florian, Campanile and Loggetta and Basilica of San Marco
You are now entering Piazza San Marco. This is the true heart of Venice, which Napoleon called “the most elegant drawing-room in Europe”.
The most popular Carnival masks
Have you ever wondered where those masks that invade the streets and squares of the city of Venice during Carnival come from? Find out in our blog!
The best places to visit in Venice for Carnival 2023
If you are planning a trip to Venice for Carnival 2023, there are some things you definitely can’t miss.
3 fun things to do at Carnival in Venice
Venice is a wonderful city that comes alive in its Carnival season. If you are lucky enough to visit the city in this season, here is an amazing must-do list you definitely can’t miss!
What to do at Venice Carnival 2023
If you are planning a trip to Venice Carnival, here is a must-do list to make the most of this experience.
The Church of Santa Maria Formosa, Campo Santa Maria Formosa and Museo Querini Stampalia
As many early churches in Venice, this too originally came from an apparition in a dream. The Bishop Alberto Magno arrived in Venice in the 7th century AD, and allegedly dreamt that the Holy Mary had told him to look out for a cloud stopping still in the sky; wherever its shadow beat on was where the church should have been built.
Ponte delle Ostreghe and Via XXII Marzo
This is the Ponte delle Ostreghe, the Bridge of Oysters. This is where once fishermen would moor their boats at dawn after a night of oyster-fishing and sell them to haggling Venetians.
How to pick the right Venice self guided walking tour
So you’re going to Venice and have decided to opt for self-guided tours rather than putting up with super tedious, super slow guided tours? Good idea! But with a myriad of unforgettable things to see and do in Venice, what’s the best way to approach your self-guided tour? This post will give you some ideas about choosing the best self-guided tour in Venice for you.
Ca' Vendramin Calergi and Santa Fosca
Ca’ Vendramin is famous today for being Venice’s Casinò, and indeed the first casinò in the world.
Marco Polo's House, Fondaco dei Tedeschi and the Rialto Bridge
In Corte Seconda del Milion you’ll see a plaque dedicated to Marco Polo, who apparently live in this house.
The Music during Republic of Serenissima
A great musical culture has always characterized Venice especially between the 1500 and 1800. Many famous travelers and writers as Rousseau, Goethe or Wagner narrated about concerts and the incredible musical vivacity in the city, particularly during the famous carnival that lasted six months!
Mazzorbo and the Ponte Lungo, Torcello Island, The Devil's Bridge and Attila's Throne
Mazzorbo, which is connected to the island of Burano via a long wooden bridge called Ponte Lungo, is often considered as an appendix to Burano.
10 unique things to do in Venice
For those looking for something truly unique to do in Venice, Venice Tours offers you 10 activities to make your experience memorable.
Ca' Rezzonico, Palazzetto Pisani and Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Ca’ Rezzonico, today Museum of Venice’s 18th century art, is one of the largest palaces on the Grand Canal.
Palazzo Pisani Moretta and Ca' Foscari
One of the most noteworthy gothic palaces is Palazzo Pisani Moretta; built in the 15th century, in the mid 1700’s it was acquired by the Moretta branch of the Pisani family.
You can face the problem of Venice High Tide in autumn and winter (usually from November to March). It can be very annoying, especially if it’s your first time in Venice and you would like to live its famous romanticism. But, it’s not a huge problem and your holiday will remain an unforgettable experience in one of the most fascinating city of the world.
Must-sees in Venice
So many places to visit and discover. Don’t know what to see in Venice? Venice Tours here suggests 5 must-sees, you definitely can’t miss.
Casanova and Venetian noblemen: the Carnival icons
The quintessential Venetian libertine was Casanova, the son of a Venetian actor and a shoemaker’s daughter. As he stated in his autobiography, “My Life and Adventures“ Casanova’s purpose was simply pleasure, and his greatest pleasure was sex, preferably with a new woman.
Venetian Gondola and Gondoliers
The Venetian gondola is a great way to have a unique experience in Venice and see the city from a new perspective.
Fondaco dei Turchi and Ca' Pesaro
The Fondaco dei Turchi, built in the 1400’s, became in 1621 the workplace and residence allotted to merchants of the Ottoman empire.
La Fenice and San Moisè
Campo San Fantin is a quaint little square from where you’ll see the entrance to Fenice Theatre.
San Maurizio and Santa Maria del Giglio
Here is the Church of San Maurizio, and in this square antiques markets are often held.
Santo Stefano, Sant'Angelo and Campo Manin
This is Campo Santo Stefano. The huge Palazzo Pisani was historically property of one of the wealthiest families in Venice, and today it is the prestigious Music Conservatory, or “conservatorio”, a word which was coined by Venetians in the 16th century.
Ponte dei Pugni, San Barnaba and San Trovaso
Since the 13th century Venice was famously divided between two rival factions: the Castellani, who wore a red hat and scarf, representing Eastern Venice and the Nicolotti, with a black hat and scarf, representing the Western part of the city.
Squero of San Trovaso, Zattere and Gesuati
The Squero of San Trovaso, the gondolas' shipyard, is one of the few surviving historical squeri in Venice and surely the most visible and visited. The building looks more like a mountain hut, and for good reason.
Erbaria and Pescheria
This empty space giving onto the Grand Canal is the Erbaria, which is Venetian for Herbs Store.
History and Curiosities of Venetian Classical Music
Antonio Vivaldi was born in Venice on 4 March 1678 from a humble family who comes from Brescia. He is one of the best Italian composer and violinist of the Venetian baroque music who has influenced all Europe with its music. He brought many innovations in the fields of violins, concerts, choral works and operas. In the 1703 he became a priest and, cause of his red hair, he got the nickname “The Red Priest”.
San Pantalon and Santa Margherita
Here we are in Campo San Pantalon, with the church dedicated to Saint Pantaleon, a priest who was martyred in the 3rd century.
Ponte dei Bareteri, San Salvador and San Bartolomeo
You are now on the Ponte dei Bareteri, the hatmakers’ bridge, which is halfway along the Mercerie.
Venetian Violins
Venice has had a fundamental role in the history of music, in particular for the Classical and Baroque music. The Venetian Liuteria (art of realization of string instruments as violins) is another artisan excellence that has characterized the history of Venice during the centuries.
Sant'Aponal and Ponte delle Tette
Entering Campo sant’Aponal, at the centre we see a typical Venetian well in Istrian stone.
The style of Vivaldi and some curiosities about his masterpieces
Vivaldi innovated deeply the music between the 1600 and 1700 changing completely the Italian baroque music. He revitalized the formal and rhythmic structure of the concerto adding many harmonic contrasts and unusual melodies. His style was considered exuberant and was appreciated by both the public and the expert musicians.
San Tomà, Goldoni's House and San Polo
In Campo San Tomà we find the usual Venetian well-head where, until not so long ago, locals would come to collect clean water.
Doge's Palace, the Columns of Mark and Theodore and St. Mark's Basin
The Doge’s Palace, the centre of Venetian power, residence of the Doge and home to the judiciary, this is where the governance of the city took place.
San Nicola da Tolentino and Frari
Campo San Nicola da Tolentino, usually known as the Tolentini, is a popular spot for university students and workers who wish to relax after a long day with a prosecco. The inside of the Church is one of the most lavishly and richly decorated in Venice.
Saint Mark's Square (Piazza San Marco, in Italian)
Venice has only one square or piazza: St.Mark’s Square, a 170 meter-long trapezoid which differs from all other squares that are called "campi" (fields).
Campo delle Beccarie, San Giovanni Elemosinario and San Giacometto
Campo delle Beccarie, this is one of the many parts of the Rialto market, the economic force of the Venetian Republic.
San Giovanni in Bragora and Arsenale
Entering the peaceful Campo San Giovanni in Bragora, we see the simple gothic Church where Antonio Vivaldi was baptised.
Venice Historical Regata along the Canal Grande
On Sunday, September 2nd, you will experience a colourful, picturesque and stunning marine show which will enliven Venice’s waters; the most amazing fact is that you will admire it from your gondola!
Campo San Zan Degola' and Calle dei Boteri
Here we are in Campo San Giovanni Decollato, and this is as secret as Venice gets.
Riva degli Schiavoni and Chiesa della Pietà
You are walking along the Riva degli Schiavoni, the Embankment of the Slaves, which refers to the Slavic merchants from the Balcan countries who worked here when Venice was at its peak.
Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio and Campo Santa Maria Mater Domini
Enter in the serene atmosphere of Campo San Giacomo dell’Orio. The church is one of the most ancient in Venice and one of most oriental too.
San Giorgio dei Greci, Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni and San Zaccaria
Venice’s history is inexorably linked with Constantinople, the ancient capital of the Byzantine Empire in the East, which became modern Istanbul in Turkey.
The Fondaco: Ponte di Rialto and ties between Venice and the Germans
The Fondaco dei Tedeschi is a 15thcentury palace, which has turned it into a luxury shopping centre. The ties between Venice and the German world were historically very strong, and so a fondaco, from the Arabic for warehouse, was built to host the workshops of these Nordic communities.
The Bridge of Scalzi and The Church of San Geremia
The Bridge of Scalzi, literally of the barefoot, is named after the Church of the Scalzi located on the left.
San Rocco and the Bridge of the Constitution
From the 14th century, the plague was a frequent occurrence in Venice as in many other parts of Europe, and on three occasions over the following two centuries it decimated the city’s population.
Barbaria de le Tole and Libreria Acqua Alta
This street is Barbaria de le Tole, which is where tree trunks would be worked and fashioned into wooden tables or ‘Tole’ in Venetian.
Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo and Monumento a Bartolomeo Colleoni
This is the imposing gothic Basilica of San Giovanni e Paolo, or of San Zanipolo as the Venetians call it unifying the two names.
Chiesa dei Miracoli and Scuola Grande di San Marco
The Chiesa dei Miracoli is the Church of Miracles. The story of how it was first built is interesting, if not wholly true.
San Giacomo in Paludo, Sant'Erasmo and Fauna della Laguna
The Venetian Lagoon is scattered with tiny islands which look utterly abandoned and wild; many, however, were once not only populated but very well-kept, mostly housing convents or monastries. Sant’Erasmo is also known as the Garden of Venice, l’Orto di Venezia as it is from here that Venice imported its fruits and vegetables, essential on a fish-based diet.
Burano "Bussolà" and The Remiera and the Voga Veneta
Among Burano’s traditions, food is definitely up there, and at the top of that list are the Bussolà, the buranese biscuits.
San Martino Vescovo and The coloured houses
Piazza Baldassare Galuppi is the only real square in the whole of Burano, dedicated to the 18th century musician who was of course a proud Buranelo.
The Venetian Lagoon and Lazzaretto Nuovo and sanità
The Venetian Lagoon is a stretch of water 55km long comprised between two rivers flowing from the mainland.
"L’ Arsenale"
"L’ Arsenale" is located in S. Martino in the Sestiere di Castello. Among the various meanings of the origin of the name we report that of the Masons that seems more relevant and that is dock, a word of Arabic origin that indicates the place where the ships are manufactured and stored.
Burano Island and Museo del Merletto
Burano Island is, next to the almost unpopulated Torcello, the one truly inhabitated centre of the northern lagoon.
The Venetian Schools - A primitive example of voluntary work
In Venice the word "School" has two completely different meanings: the first is the one common all over the world and which identifies a place where teachers teach and students learn; the second, which is the subject of our study, indicates a building where, in the Middle Ages, people who had in common the same art or craft, the same nationality, the same devotion to a saint, gathered with the aim of doing "good deeds", and for a moment let's try to think about the religiosity of men in 1300 when doing a good deed ensured "credits" for Paradise...
A city on the water but without fresh water
As Venice was surrounded by salt water but didn’t have drinking water due to its hydro-geological characteristics, wells were built all around the city to collect rainwater.
Private gondola ride: unforgettable experiences in Venice
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The Canal Grande of Murano, Santi Maria e Donato and Santa Maria degli Angeli
Although obviously not as famous or as important as its counterpart in Venice, the Canal Grande of Murano is rather splendid in its own right.
The Rialto Bridge: one of the symbols of Venice
Venice has four bridges that cross the Grand Canal: the Rialto Bridge, the Accademia Bridge, the Ponte degli Scalzi Bridge and the Constitution Bridge known as the Calatrava Bridge. The Rialto Bridge is the oldest and was the only connection between the two banks of the Grand Canal.
Scuola Grande della Misericordia, Gesuiti and Santi Apostoli
Scuola Grande in Venice was initially a place where the poor, sick and destitute could receive help and assistance.
The Faro of Murano, San Pietro Martire and Museo del Vetro
The Faro, or lighthouse, you see was built in 1912 but ever since the middle-ages there had always been a wooden tower on Murano, even if more inland.
The Bucintoro: the golden ship
On the origin of the name many pages have been spent, we report here that of Prof. Siega, "Dictionary of the Veneto lexicon etymologically and curiously commented" Finegil editorial, which seems to us the most accredited; the name would derive from Buzon, Bonzonus which stood for navis; Buzon d'oro or golden ship from here became the Bucintoro.
Venice Quarters: i Sestieri
One of the many peculiarities of Venice is the way the city is structured. The city is divided into 6 areas called Sestieri (from latin word “sex” = six).
Campo dei Mori and Madonna dell'Orto
In 1113 the Mastelli family, a merchant family who traded in silk and spices, arrived in Venice from Peloponneseus in Greece.
In the Shade of San Marco
The building of St.Mark’s Bell Tower (once used as a lighthouse) begun in XI century under the Doge Pietro Tribuno but the current look was reached only between 1511 and 1514.
San Michele Island and Murano Island and the glass
San Michele Island, recognisable by high leafy tress which stick out above the encircling walls, is also known as the Isola dei morti -  the Island of the dead - as this is in fact the cemetery of Venice.
The ancient feast of the "Sensa"
It was the day of the Ascension in 997 when Doge Pietro Orseolo set sail against Istria and Dalmatia, conquering them. To commemorate this fortunate feat, which ensured the Doge the title of Duke of Dalmatia, the most solemn of the Venetian feasts was established, the famous Ascension Day, Sensa in Venetian.
Steps on the water
Venice counts more than a hundred islands, intersected by about 150 canals, linked together by more than 400 bridges that originally consisted of wooden planks because they served the passage of horses in use in Venice in 1400. They were later built in stone and brick, protected by side espaliers.
The lagoon of Venice: almost 6000 years of history
The Venice lagoon or Venetian Lagoon is located in the Northern Adriatic Sea, along the coasts of Veneto region, has long been under UNESCO protection.
High tide in Venice?
Among the various characteristics that make the city of Venice original all over the world, high tide appears at the top of the list.
Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, Campiello dell'Anconeta and Campo della Maddalena
This is Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, the main square of the Jewish area. Ghetto, like many international words, is a Venetian word, from the verb ‘gettare’.
St. Mark's Square - the history of Venice
St. Mark's Square (San Marco, in Italian) is one of the most important, beautiful and fascinating places in Italy, famous worldwide for its beauty, its magic and its architectural integrity.
Murano: the Pearl of Venice
Formerly called Amuranium, the island of Murano lies North-East of Venice, facing the Fondamente Nuove and can be easily reached by vaporetto (the public boat-transport service. It was, along with other islands in the lagoon, a safe haven  for the people of Veneto region, fleeing from the barbarian invasions.
The Peggy Guggenheim museum is probably the most important in Italy regarding  american and european art of the first half of the XX century. It hosts works by Picasso, de Chirico, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Miró, Klee, Ernst, Magritte, Dalí e Pollock and by many others in the areas of Dadaism, Cubism, Futurism and Surrealism.
The Redentore Day
The Redentore Day is one of the few Venice holidays that Venetians really feel as their own.
The Bellini
Bellini is one of the most classy, precious and famous cocktails. The recipe is very simple: peach fresh juice and champagne.
Lista di Spagna, San Geremia and Ponte delle Guglie
This is Lista di Spagna. The name Lista comes from the Italian verb meaning ‘to delimit’.
The Gondola and Venice Canals
The gondola has always fascinated and inspired artists and writers from all over the world with its elegance and its aura of mystery.
Harry's Bar and Ernest Hemingway
There is no doubt that the intensity of warfare in the Veneto district overall, and it echoes in Ernest Hemingway’s novella Across the River and Into the Trees, published in 1950. Although not the greatest of Hemingway’s writings, there is nevertheless undeniable poignancy in its account of the survival of a beautiful city after war.
The new prisons
The new prisons were fundamental to the maintenance of order in Venice and were the first buildings in Europe built specifically for realization of judicial and custodial functions.
Rio Terà Antonio Foscarini and Accademia
The Church of Sant’Agnese is a typical Byzantine building. The gothic façade looks onto the street we are walking on, which is called Rio Terà Antonio Foscarini.
Lords of the prisons
The "lords" of the new prisons in Venice were the guards, the Lords by night at the Criminal and the most important, Council of 10.
The Clock Tower
The Clock Tower, or as it is usually called Moors Tower, is one of Venice landmarks.
Santa Fosca and Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta
The small church in Torcello is dedicated to Santa Fosca; the story took place in the early middle-ages, when Fosca, originally from the Middle-East, converted to Christianity along with her maid.
Palazzo Grassi in Venice
Palazzo Grassi, located in campo San Samuele and facing the Grand Canal, was the last palace built before the end of the Venetian Republic, in 1772.
The Gondoliers, Paline and Pirati and Palazzo Dario
It is said that Venetians only enter a gondola twice in their life: their wedding and their funeral. Until the 18th century, gondolas were once mainly owned by noblemen under whose employ gondoliers would work for rather low pay.
Punta della Dogana
Punta della Dogana separates the Grand Canal from the Giudecca Canal. For its strategic location it was the house of the Custom and of the Salt Warehouses.
The torment of prisoners
The three forms of punishment practised against prisoners to corret their wrongful conduct in Venice: pleadings, tortures and galleys.
5 non-touristy things to do in Venice
Many walking tours available in the Venice City Tours app will show you Venice as you have never seen it. What are you waiting for?
Gritti Palace, Chiesa della Salute and Punta della Dogana
Ernest Hemingway called the Gritti Palace “the greatest hotel in a city of great hotels”.
The hidden gems of Venice
Considering that the island of Venice isn’t one of the biggest places in the world you’d be surprised with how many "gems" could be hidden here.
Venice Foundations
The history of Venice begins with the twilight of the Roman Empire, when barbaric invasions drove the inhabitants of the Venetian coast towards the islands of the lagoon.
Venice and the Belle Epoque, the foreigner Simmel and Monet
The old and the new clashed frequently, and were never to be reconciled in the twentieth century. Nor was Venice able to escape the vilification and ambivalence that appeared in the interpretations in the early century . But the old Serenissima was not yet dead: indeed there was renewed fascination with the eighteenth century.
The History of the Gondola
The Venetian Gondola is a true symbol of the city. But where did gondolas originate? And how did they become an integral part of Venetian culture?
The History of Venice
Discover the history of Venice, one of the most charming and beautiful cities in the world!
Venice High Tide: What to do what NOT to do
The Venice High Tide will not ruin your holiday, because it’s just a 2 hours event and in many cases it consists in few cm on some places of the city. We provide a list of suggestions and tips to follow during this unique phenomenon. If you follow them, you will enjoy the Venice properly even if with the High Tide.
The Sarde in Saòr
You cannot leave Venice without having tasted one of the trademark dishes that blends into one the city’s marine flavour and the aroma of the islands’ orchards: sarde in saòr.
What’s Venice High Tide
What's Venice high tide? Have a look at this article!
Art and professions in the Dorsoduro Sestiere
Are you looking to avoid crowds and the usual touristy walks? Do you want to hear Venice’s primitive pulse, by exploring a true gem of Venetian art and one of the city’s historic professions?
Burano, the island of lace-making
Burano is no doubt the most colorful island in the Lagoon of Venice, the facades of its houses are painted pink, blue, green, yellow, indigo. The inhabitants decided to paint their houses to give fishermen a way to see their homes when they returned from fishing and fog enveloped the island. A very popular landmark, painted in a plethora of bright colors, is “Bepi’s house”.
The Causes of the Venice High Tide
Why does the Venice High Tide happen? The Venice High Tide occurs because of the sum of several factors, which we can bring together in two broad categories: meteorological and astronomical.
The Lion and Theodore
Once the basin of San Marco was the sea port of Venice and those who came by ship could admire the impressive unique architecture of Palazzo Ducale, seat of the Venetian power, and two marble and granite columns topped by the statues of the two patron saints of Venice: the winged Lion, symbol of St. Mark the Evangelist, and “Todaro”, the Byzantine St. Theodore of Amasea, who was the first protector of the city.
First Courses
The first courses are the great pride of Venetian cuisine, from a poor dish they have become true specialties. Pasta and rice played two important roles in the local cuisine even if the rice, to tell the truth, was used more on a large scale in the period of the Serenissima, so much so that it was grown.
History & Traditions
Venetian appetizers
Visiting a magnificent city also means immersing yourself in its culinary culture, tasting traditional dishes. The appetizer is a course consumed at the beginning of the meal and preceding the first courses, corresponds to the French hors d'oeuvre or entrée. They are small appetizing delicacies to choose and enjoy with a good glass of wine or an aperitif.
History & Traditions
The Venetian Cuisine
The history of the Venetian cuisine has very ancient roots, when the local people escaped the raids of tribes from northern Europe and the Orient, abandoning the mainland to take refuge "on the water", in the many islands of the lagoon.
History & Traditions
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On this section you can find posts of bloggers who has tried our tours and local experiences: they tell the quality and uniqueness of our products. In addition there are also some interviews to Venice Tours CEO made by experts of Tourism sectors.
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