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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  • 1. Barbieri-Arabesque

    Castello | 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 a perennial...Read More

  • 2. Bevilacqua

    San Marco | Textiles/Sewing

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

  • 3. Giovanna Zanella

    Castello | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

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

  • 4. Godi Fiorenza

    San Marco | Clothing

    At Godi Fiorenza, Patrizia Fiorenza's designs in silk chiffon appear more sculpted than sewn—they're highly tailored pieces that both conceal...Read More

  • 5. Jesurum

    San Marco | Textiles/Sewing

    A great deal of so-called Burano Venetian lace is now machine-made in China—and there really is a difference. Unless you have some experience...Read More

  • 6. La Bottega dei Mascareri

    San Polo | Crafts

    Despite the great popularity of the Venetian Carnival, mask-making is sadly a dying art in the city. The large majority of masks for sale in...Read More

  • 7. Laberintho

    San Polo | Jewelry & Watches

    A tiny bottega near Campo San Polo is run by a team of young goldsmiths and jewelry designers specializing in inlaid stones. The work on display...Read More

  • 8. Le Forcole di Saverio Pastor

    Dorsoduro | Crafts

    The sculpted walnut-wood oarlocks (forcole) used exclusively by Venetian rowers may be utilitarian, but they are beautiful, custom-made objects...Read More

  • 9. Millevini

    San Marco | Wine/Spirits

    Lorenzo will be more than happy to assist you in exploring the broad selection of wines from across the region, the entire Italian landscape...Read More

  • 10. Al Campanil

    Castello | 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 to her...Read More

  • 11. Al Duca d'Aosta

    San Marco | 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, Ralph...Read More

  • 12. Annelie

    Dorsoduro | Textiles/Sewing

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

  • 13. Antichità Pietro Scarpa

    Dorsoduro | Art Galleries

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

  • 14. Arras

    Dorsoduro | Clothing

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

  • 15. Atelier Pietro Longhi

    San Polo | 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 for...Read More

  • 16. Attombri

    San Polo | Jewelry & Watches

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

  • 17. Berengo Studio


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

  • 18. Bottega Veneta

    San Marco | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    This prestigious Italian chain sells bags typically made with intertwined strips of leather, plus smooth bags and elegant low-heeled shoes....Read More

  • 19. Bottiglieria Colonna

    Castello | Wine/Spirits

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

  • 20. Boutique Marly's

    San Marco | Clothing

    You need only step off the vaporetto to find tiny Boutique Marly's, which has a highly appealing collections of classic Italian women's wear. ...Read More

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