Accentuated by lavish masks and ostentatious costumes, Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) is beset with candelabras, draped lights and fireworks. The Lion of Venice overlooks as acrobats, jugglers, ropewalkers and dancers perform for their ardent audiences. The Grand Canal abounds with gondolas and celebratory boats on parade, while theatres, cafes and wine shops are immersed by inspired patrons. Sprinkled throughout the Square, musicians play traditional Venetian melodies from their guitars as the people dance and sip the night away under the stars. One of the world’s most infamous masquerades. A festival of extravagance. A celebration of ten days. This is Venice’s Carnevale. An affair that has existed since the Middle Ages and marks the beginning of Lent.