When it comes to souvenirs the most famous apart from the obligatory Gondola keyring is the Venetian mask. These are sold in their thousands to tourists from stands and hawkers at every opportunity. I can understand the Venetians fascination with the mask because Venice itself is the ultimate mask.
Venice hides in its lagoon, behind its waterways, it hides behind the faded grandeur of the Grand Canal.
Venice hides behind its Baroque facades and Gothic mansions.