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‘Flight of the angel’: Woman descends from 99-meter bell tower during Venice Carnival (PHOTOS)

Published time: February 04, 2013 11:35
Edited time: February 04, 2013 16:08
A costumed reveller poses at St Mark's square during the carnival on February 3, 2013 in Venice (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)

A costumed reveller poses at St Mark's square during the carnival on February 3, 2013 in Venice (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)

Up to 70,000 people wearing theatrical costumes and colorful masks in Venice's landmark St Mark's Square watched the eye-catching "flight of the angel" which is part of the centuries-old Carnival.

­This year a 20-year-old Venetian student wearing a glamorous red gown and a black hat had a chance to perform the stunt. Marta Finotto glided on a harness from the 99-metre bell tower of Saint Mark's Basilica to a stage below.

A costumed couple poses at St Mark′s square during the carnival in Venice (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)
A costumed couple poses at St Mark's square during the carnival in Venice (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)

­The Venice Carnival is a chance to see and to be seen. The annual event draws thousands of tourists keen to take part in theatrical performances and festive balls. The event runs through February 12.

A costumed couple poses at St Mark′s square during the carnival in Venice (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)
A costumed couple poses at St Mark's square during the carnival in Venice (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)
A costumed couple poses at St Mark′s square during the carnival in Venice (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)
A costumed couple poses at St Mark's square during the carnival in Venice (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)
Costumed revellers arrive at St Mark′s square during the carnival in Venice (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)
Costumed revellers arrive at St Mark's square during the carnival in Venice (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)
Costumed revellers pose at St Mark′s square during the carnival on February 3, 2013 in Venice (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)
Costumed revellers pose at St Mark's square during the carnival on February 3, 2013 in Venice (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)
A costumed couple poses at St Mark′s square during the carnival in Venice (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)
A costumed couple poses at St Mark's square during the carnival in Venice (AFP Photo / Vincenzo Pinto)

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