Forget Venice, the best carnival is in Verona

If you mention the word 'carnival' in the Veneto people will immediately think you're talking about Venice. I've done Venice carnival. I had to when I was writing Carnival for the Dead. Much as I love Venice I won't be doing carnival again. All the locals I know avoid the thing if they can. It's certainly spectacular but it's primarily an event for tourists, many of them dressed to the nines.