Venice Shopping

It’s no secret that Venice offers some excellent shopping opportunities, but the best of them are often not the most conspicuous. Look beyond the ubiquitous street vendors and the hundreds of virtually indistinguishable purse, glass, and lace shops that line the calli, and you’ll discover a bounty of unique and delightful treasures—some might be kitschy, but much will show off the high

level of craftsmanship for which Venice has long been known.

Alluring shops abound. You'll find countless vendors of trademark Venetian wares such as Murano glass and Burano lace; the authenticity of some goods can be suspect, but they're often pleasing to the eye regardless of their heritage. For more sophisticated tastes (and deeper pockets), there are jewelers, antiques dealers, and high-fashion boutiques on a par with those in Italy's larger cities but often maintaining a uniquely Venetian flair. Don’t ignore the contemporary, either: Venice's artisan heritage lives on in the hand and eye of the today’s designers—no matter where they hail from.

While the labyrinthine city center can seem filled with imposing high-fashion emporiums and fancy glass shops, individual craftspeople often working off the main thoroughfares produce much of what is worth taking home from Venice. In their workshops artful stationery is printed with antique plates; individual pairs of shoes are adroitly constructed; jewelry is handcrafted; fine fabrics are skillfully woven; bronze is poured to make gondola décor, and iron is worked into fanali lanterns; paper is glued, pressed, and shaped into masks; and oars and forcola oarlocks are hewn and sculpted in the workshops of remér wood craftsmen.

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Al Campanil

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Jewelry designer Sabina taught at the International School of Glass on Murano and still makes beads on-site in her store. In addition...

Barbieri-Arabesque

  • Clothing

Scarves and shawls for women come in myriad colors and textures; you can also pick up fine men's ties while you're here. They've been...

Bottiglieria Colonna

  • Wine/Spirits

Regional wines are handpicked from small producers, and the shop also stocks an ample selection of unusual wines from central Italy.

Ceriello

  • Clothing

The only place in town that sells Brioni suits for men features Amina Rubinacci and Mazzi for men and women as well. ...

Cose Antiche di Luca Sumiti

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Luca Sumiti carries on the work of his father, Maurizio; traditional wrought-iron chandeliers and lamps come unadorned, gilded, or tastefully...

Giovanna Zanella

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

Cobbler-designer Giovanna Zanella Caeghera creates whimsical contemporary footwear in a variety styles and colors. She was a student...

Il Canovaccio

  • Jewelry/Accessories

This is a treasure trove of papier-mâché objects, panels, and masks designed for the theater stage. Mask-making classes are offered...

Jonathan Ceolin

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Carrying on the traditions of his adpated city, this craftsman makes traditional wrought-iron chandeliers, wall lamps, and Venetian lanterns...

Kalimala

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

This shop should not be missed if you are looking for soft leather bags, a perfect match for almost any outfit, or very pretty, inexpensive...

La Venexiana

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

This narrow store is overflowing with a sea of colorful and unique bags, wallets, iPad covers, and durable luggage. They carry the full...

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