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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Bottega Veneta

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

Daniela Ghezzo, Segalin a Venezia

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Custom shoemakers follow in the footsteps of the shop's founder, Rolando Segalin. This artisan team can give life to your wildest shoe...


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Traveling bags and suitcases by Alviero Martini are typically decorated with maps in light colors; Trussardi accessories are also available.


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Run by a family of market stall sellers, Fanny combines good value, friendly service, and cheerful design. Come here for leather and...

Francis Model

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A tiny workshop specializes in superb handmade leather bags in all shapes and sizes. The craftsmanship is exceptional; get Bottega Veneta...

Fratelli Rossetti

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The selection of bags, boots, leather jackets, and shoes of the Rossetti brothers is better there than in the Rome shop. ...

Giovanna Zanella

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


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Their signature products are so much fun to puruse, even if under the watchful eyes of the salespeople. Gucci is an Italian institution,...

Il Grifone

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Very few artisan leather shops remain in Venice, and Il Grifone is the standout with respect to quality, tradition, and a guarantee for...


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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...


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