Masks and Carnival in Venice
Venetian masks are the object which symbolizes the most famous event of the year: the Carnival of Venice. Disguising is certainly what characterizes Carnival, so that beside the opulent Venetian costumes, a mask is undoubtedly necessary.
However, many tourists purchase Venetian masks just for their intrinsec beauty: more than just a souvenir, they will be an amazing decoration for their houses.
Therefore, it is important to know that authentic Venetian masks are made in papier-maché and then decorated and painted manually, in order to distinguish them from imitations.