Turn yourself into a living piece of art for the annual Venice carnival in February. Buy a mask, put on a long cloak and wander through the early morning mists of the lagoon in mid winter. Also take lots of photos for disbelieving relatives back home. This is the best way to celebrate the carnival with the best backdrop in the world, Rio excepted.
Don't be fooled, however, by the limitless cheap carnival masks you see on sale. All have their origins in China and are not made of the traditional papier-mâché of old. There are still a handful of genuine mask makers in the city, but they no longer represent the majority of products on general sale. You have to ask for a mask made of 'cartapesta' and also view the links to Marega and Mondo Novo below.