Venice

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. 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

  • 2. Laberintho

    San Polo | Jewelry/Accessories

    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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. Attombri

    San Polo | Jewelry/Accessories

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

  • 5. Fanny

    San Polo | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

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

  • 6. Francis Model

    San Polo | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

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

  • 7. Gilberto Penzo

    San Polo | Crafts

    The gondola and lagoon boat expert in Venice creates scale models and real gondola forcole in his laboratorio (workshop) nearby. (If the...Read More

  • 8. Il Baule Blu

    San Polo | Gifts/Souvenirs

    Orsi artistici, mohair teddy bears, are made to collect and treat with great care. Painstakingly handmade in many sizes and colors with articulated...Read More

  • 9. Kirikù

    San Polo | Clothing

    This is the place for trendy girl's (0-14 years) and women's wear, with all the latest names from Italian and French designers and all very...Read More

  • 10. La Bottega di Cenerentola

    San Polo | Textiles/Sewing

    Cinderella's Workshop" creates unique handmade lampshades out of silk, old lace, and real parchment, embroidered and decorated with gold braids...Read More

  • 11. Laboratorio Arte & Costume

    San Polo | Clothing

    If you are making your own costume, Monica Daniele at Laboratorio Arte & Costume can offer you professional sartorial assistance while you...Read More

  • 12. Legatoria Polliero

    San Polo | Books/Stationery

    Beautiful leather-bound blank books, desk accessories, and picture frames are available at some of Venice's most reasonable prices. ...Read More

  • 13. Mercante di Sabbia

    San Polo | Jewelry/Accessories

    French-born owner-designer Claudia Puschi travels across Europe to fill her store with eclectic and intriguing home accessories and jewelry...Read More

  • 14. Queen of Casablanca

    San Polo | Clothing

    Classy, neutral trends in men's and women's clothing, from jeans to linen to silk and fine wool, are for the young and young-at-heart. ...Read More

  • 15. Rialto markets

    San Polo | Food/Candy

    The Rialto fish, fruit, and vegetable markets have been operational in this same location effectively since Venice has been in existence. It...Read More

  • 16. Sabbie e Nebbie

    San Polo | Gifts/Souvenirs

    The Japanese aesthetic is quite apparent in the ceramic and porcelain bowls, plates, vases, and teapots, with inviting clean, natural lines...Read More

  • 17. Scriba

    San Polo | Art Galleries

    A delightful husband-and-wife team sells exclusive Italian-made crafts, along with maps, fine prints, and paintings by Italian and international...Read More

  • 18. Tragicomica

    San Polo | Jewelry/Accessories

    A good mask selection comes with a lot of information for Carnevale parties. The shop also turns out a limited number of costumes made from...Read More

  • 19. Vladi

    San Polo | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

    These sassy shoes have just enough fantasy to be stylish, but not too much to be over the top. ...Read More

  • 20. Zazù

    San Polo | Clothing

    Clothing and accessories here have a definite Eastern feel. Owner Federica Zamboni is also a jewelry expert; ask to see her collection of antique...Read More

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