For my honeymoon Josh surprised me with a trip to Italy. When I say surprised I mean he told me we were going to Cancun but at the reception he took the mic and announced to everyone we were headed to Rome!
So I took my bag full of bikinis and shorts to a place where the weather demanded a light jacket at times, but I didn’t care one bit!
The only thing about being so surprised with a trip to my dream country is I didn’t have the chance to plan out where we were going to visit, pre book the hotel rooms or learn about the history of the city. These are all things I like to do before I visit a place and things that Josh just doesn’t think to do. So when we got to Rome we had no hotels booked or anything. But that sure made for a fun honeymoon!
We decided to go North and visit Venice. If I had done my homework I would have known what Venice is known for before I got there, but I didn’t. Besides the Grand Canal and gondolas, Venice has a rich history of Venetian masks. People collect these things and I had know idea when I got there what they were or the history behind it. Every shop we went to had lovely decorative masks of every shape and color. I even saw some breathtaking Commedia Masks – even though at the time I had no idea that was their proper name.
Josh and I were so puzzled as to why there were so many masks for sale all over the city and didn’t buy a single one. Well it turns out that during the first century almost everyone in Venice wore masks as a way of hiding their identity and living lives of pure pleasure. Then after the 1100s the church started to outlaw the use of masks during Holy Days. Between the 16th and 18th centuries these masks were used frequently in Commedia Dell’arte – or improvisational plays in the theater. With such a rich history I am really disappointed that I didn’t buy one of these lovely masks while I was over in Venice. Oh well, Josh promised me that one day we would return to Italy – not soon, but one day! And when we do I am going to purchase a lovely Venetian mask!