Bring the Flavors & Flair of Venice Home

After you have experienced the iconic landmarks, gondola rides and historic palaces and museums of Venice, take an afternoon and shop in one of Italy’s most fascinating cities. While the “Floating City” boasts the standard high-end couture – Ferragamo, Prada, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Giorgio Armani just to name a few – be sure to bring a few unique treasures not found at home. Here are a few of our favorite haunts:

Everything from handmade paper designed desk blotters and pen holders to wastebaskets and picture frames can be found at Il Prato. Located in the heart of the city and a two-minute walk from Piazza San Marco, the boutique offers authentic and exclusive gifts symbolizing the best in Venetian craftsmanship. Perfect for gift-giving, it’s a great way to bring home a piece of Venice.

The city is known for its leather craftsman and the perfect place to find a luxurious pair of leather gloves. JB Gloves offers a kaleidoscope of leather gloves in every color of the rainbow for men and women.

Produced on the island of Murano, this colorful glass is synonymous with Venice. While the city’s shops are peppered with Murano vases and jewelry (some real, some not), the glass jewel necklaces of Davide Penso offer a chic alternative.

For quirky one-of-a-kind decorative objects, check out the specialty store Caigo Da Mar. The boutique offers everything from Cire Trvdon (the oldest candle maker in the world), vintage pillows and unique items (think peacocks, unicorns and seashells) transformed into objet d’art for the coffee table await.

If vintage suits your fancy, then add the three-day antiques market at Campo San Maurizio to your itinerary. Held five times a year, this is one market that will not disappoint. There is something for every taste and budget from old books and ceramics to timepieces and paintings (perhaps you will score a yard or two of handmade-in-Venice Fortuny fabric).

Nothing says unique like a pair of your very own custom made-to-measure shoes. Located on Campiello del Sol, Gabriele Gmeiner offers fine leather boots and shoes for men and women. Appointments are recommended.

And last but not least, no shopping excursion to Venice would be complete without a visit to Cà Macana, one of the oldest mask making workshops in the city. (Avid filmgoers will recognize their work in the Stanley Kubrick 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut). While you might not be in need of a carnival mask (they make great wall hangings), a visit to the Dorsoduro shop will prove fascinating.

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