Everyone of course knows Venice’s Carnevale, but the celebration is all over Italy. Today I played with my new lens and took pictures of confetti stuck in the cobblestones of Piazza Madonna dei Monti. The confetti has been there for weeks, and I’ve seen children dressed in costume for the past few weekends. Next weekend there will be lots of parties, both privately and in clubs, with people dressing in costume. As opposed to Venice where the tradition is of the fancy commedia dell’arte inspired dress, in Rome it’s kind of like Halloween (minus the witches and vampires of course). When I first moved to Rome I taught English in an Italian elementary school and during Carnevale I remember all the little girls dressed like princesses. My favorite part of this time of year are the delicious pastries that will be out until Easter. Every region has their own specialities, but in Rome you’ll find delicious frappe and my favorite, castagnole.