People wandered the streets dressed in elaborate Renaissance costumes and masks. Gleeful kids skipped through the San Marco square, throwing confetti in the air, adding to the festive atmosphere. The cathedrals stood tall, boasting their intricate designs, while men decked in striped shirts and boat hats manoeuvred their Gondolas through the waterways. Salesmen hung out on street corners, trying to convince passing tourists that selfie sticks were an absolute necessity. And of course, the resident pigeons had become quite the celebrities themselves. When the sun began to set, it was the perfect opportunity to bust out the ring lights, umbrellas, strobes and learn to create more interesting photos. It was pretty much a photographer’s dream, save for the constant battle to protect the camera as we jostled through the endless stream of Carnevale goers.