Halloween Italian Style

Although Halloween is not celebrated in Italy, I just fell in love with the colorful and creative masks of Venice and wanted to share some shots of them along with some of my photos from Venice from my trip.  The small pink masks above immediately caught my eye!

I thought that these checkerboard design mask were rather unusual and spooky-looking! 

masks are for sale everywhere, with the more expensive and custom-made masks sold in shops hidden in the interior canals of Venice 
that I sadly did not have time to explore . . . 
there’s always another time!

I bought 3 of these (above) in various colors of blue, emerald, and aqua as wall decor in a bedroom.

and one more that I bought to use in the same bedroom.
I loved the feathers on this mask!
(photo taken from iPhone, so a bit blurry)

Beautiful old buildings with shuttered windows and windowsill flower planters.

ancient stone and marble sculptures and architecture

canal bridges against colorful buildings and arched windows

sculpture is everywhere and adds to the beauty of Venice

the infamous Venetian gondolas that I am saving for a future ride with my husband

beautiful metal gates lead into mysterious gardens 
now this is a cool taxi . . . notice the clean, emerald green sea water.
not dirty in any way and no odor at all as some people have stated.
it was simply beautiful water!

just makes you want to sing an Italian song to someone you love!
more from Venice later on . . . 
Have a fun and safe Halloween!
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  1. Wow how stunning I just bought a mask like that is all lace black and white, these are pure art work beautiful thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful photos… xo have a great Halloween!

  2. What beautiful photos, Roz. I would love to attend a Venetian Masquerade. We are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy here. I am both humbled and grateful that I have power, although the utility shuts us down on and off, no phones/cell service, but compared to the devastation, I cannot complain. xo

  3. Interestingly, the Italians celebrate “All Saints Day” tomorrow, the original Pagan way to celebrate Halloween. I understand they are starting to embrace it and you often see carved pumpkins on doorsteps now. I love the masks, they can be quite spooky themselves.
    Happy Halloween.

  4. Love the masks and beautiful photos! I’ll be Julia Child: A cookbook in one hand and a glass of wine in the other!!



  5. Beautiful pictures Roz!

  6. I LOVE Venitian masks!!! And the pictures of Venice make me want to get on a plane TODAY! have a very happy Halloween U.S Roz. From, Canadian Roz

  7. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your Italian adventure Roz, just a little disappointed we were unable to meet up, but as you say yourself, there is always next time!

  8. In Japan, a commercialized form of Halloween transpires. But The masks and sights of Venice are treats on Halloween or anytime!
    Thank you, Roz, as always, for your lovely posts.

  9. Love those beautiful masks !

  10. Are you back? longing for some of your wonderful food again but enjoying a lot these beautiful pictures. what a trip!

  11. I’m forgetting what it’s called, but there IS a holiday in Italy that requires you to wear masks isn’t there?

  12. Love the masks! So detailed and so pretty. I can’t wait to see more from your trip.

  13. The Venetian Masks are very classic!! Elegant and precious…So many beautiful pictures of Venice. I love the gondola, but not the singing gondoliere, please

  14. What treasures you brought back!!! Gorgeous masks! And I found Venice much cleaner than on my previous visit…you’re making me yearn to return!

  15. oh how fun! the masks are just beautiful, exquisite! The detail in Italian cuisine and handmades is always amazing. Hope you had a great weekend!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Love the beautiful masks. Wonderful pictures on your blog.


  17. Lovey pics !

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