Back at Piazza San Marco, I found a captivating shop called Venice Land, which offers Carnevale costumes and masks for sale or rent. This is the stuff of dreams.
Expensive dreams, though. While you can buy little plastic Carnevale masks for a few euros on any street in Venice, serious goods like these are another story entirely. For beautiful work like the objects in these pictures, costume rental is in the hundreds, and sale is in the thousands.