Carnevale di Venezia - The Venice Carnival is now world famous. It always takes place during the ten days leading up to Shrove Tuesday. Carnival, being a pre-Lent festival, means 'farewell to meat' and is celebrated throughout Italy. It is a great excuse to don a mask and costume.
Venice mask. A must buy when in Venice. Buy one from a proper mask shop there. They are alot better quality than some of the ones at the stalls in the square. I have mine hanging on the wall at home. They are beautiful.