A royal souvenir
In 1767, Carl Eugen stayed in Venice for almost half a year, far removed from his duties as a sovereign. With a retinue of 129 people, he enjoyed the famed carnival and Ascension Day regatta. Back in Württemberg he initiated the Venetian Fair, which took place for the first time in January of 1768 in the Ludwigsburg marketplace. The spectacle took place annually until the dukes death in 1793.