If you're going to Venice, you'll need to leave room in your suitcase (and a few extra Euros in your wallet) for a mask (or twelve). You can buy them from street vendors, but the most beautiful ones are in shops dotted around Venice. I have never seen so much beauty in one place. These small, decorative, porcelain masks were hanging on the door of a mask shop we went into looking for directions. Inside, the walls were covered in the most amazing masks I have ever seen, and in the corner at an old working table sat an elderly woman hand crafting a mask.I didn't take photos inside out of respect, but I just want to go back.
Rule of Venice: One must return home with a mask.