Travel Photo: The Venetian Mask

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As boomer travelers roam the cobblestone streets of Venice, one of the predominant items found in the local boutiques are the famous Venetian masks.

Similar to the New Orleans Mardi Gras, the Carnival of Venice is a pre-Lenten festival practiced the day before Ash Wednesday.  During the Carnival of Venice the streets are full of revelers wearing masks and exotic clothing.

In the 1930s, Mussolini banned the carnevale.  However, in the late-70s, local artisans revived the tradition and now the annual Carnival of Venice has grown to become an internationally renowned event drawing tourists from around the world.

A Mask Shop in Venice

Carol and friend Kim modeling Venetian masks w/ shop owner being goofy in the background.

The narrow streets around St. Mark’s Square are inundated with small shops offering beautifully decorated masks from local artisans.  Be prepared to stand and gawk at each window, snap a few photographs, and perhaps even bring a mask or two home.

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