One of the things Venice is best known for, after its gondolas and canals, is enchanting handmade masks—and mask shops are abound in the city. You can find any type of mask you might want: from feminine doll-inspired masks, to masculine bird masks like the one above. Stanley Kubrick even featured a Venetian mask in his 1999 hit "Eyes Wide Shut." When visiting Venice, make sure to check out one or two of the shops and maybe take home a one-of-a-kind memento.
By Joan Wharton, AFAR Local Expert
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One of my favorite souvenirs I bought in Venice was my Venetian mask. They were breathtaking and made in traditional styles from papier-mâché or leather. Some sell for thousands of euros, and while mine isn't nearly as intricate as these are, it's a beautiful keepsake.
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