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

  • Ceramics/Glassware

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

Al Duca d'Aosta

  • Clothing

The most stylish of Venetians and visitors alike come here for women's and men's designer labels for every taste. Brands include Burberry,...


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A highly appealing selection—from Venice and beyond—includes fine cotton and linen tablecloths, baby clothing, shirts, nightgowns,...

Antichità Pietro Scarpa

  • Art Galleries

This distinguised shop next to the Gallerie dell'Accademia sells old master paintings—originals, not copies—with accordingly rarified...


  • Clothing

Scarves, as well as blouses and jackets, are all hand woven in wool or silk. The store also occasionally organizes weaving workshops.

Atelier Pietro Longhi

  • Clothing

Costumes for sale or rent are inspired by 18th- and 19th-century models, with masks (for sale only) to match. Large sizes are available...


  • Jewelry/Accessories

Celebrated brothers Daniele and Stefano blend and weave copper and silver wire with Murano glass beads to render stylish, contemporary...


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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...

Berengo Studio

  • Ceramics/Glassware

In addition to contemporary fine-art glass, this high-end manufacturer gives tours of its Murano factory, something that most studios...


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This renowned studio has kept the weaving tradition alive in Venice since 1875, using 18th-century hand looms for its most precious creations...


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