Since 1984, La bottega dei Mascareri has been showcasing and selling masks. Each of the mask is a masterpiece that stands for innovation and mastery over intricate designs. The hand-painted masks often feature in Hollywood movies as well as California Shakespeare Festivals taking this art beyond the bounds of Europe. The owner-cum-artist Sergio will be more than happy to show you around and help you to choose one.
Located near the iconic Rialto Bridge is the world famous Mercato di Rialto. The market is frequented by tourists and locals like for its fresh fruit, vegetables, groceries and fish. The market stands in the heart of city and has the famous Grand Canal as its neighbor. Full of local color, a browse through the stalls is a must, even if you have nothing to buy. Prices are lower than in the shops and the fish is always extremely fresh. A few meat shops around the market also sell cavalo (horse meat). It is also a perfect place to collect souvenirs as a memorabilia from Venice.
A trip to Venice is incomplete without mask shopping, this city is known for its shops that sell different masks. Il Canovaccio is one such place that features exquisitely hand-made masks that will surely leave you awe struck. Delicate designs, bold colors, intricate patterns, take your pick as the staff takes you through hand-painted masks of different varieties. For more details, check website.
Before exploring Venice, if you would like to know about this beautiful city, start off at Libreria Studium. This local and popular bookshop stocks books that highlight the history and culture of Venice. Apart from that, it also sells other stuff like novels, childrens literature and so forth. However, its collection is not restricted to Italian language, but also features books in Spanish, English and French.
Pasticceria Tonolo has been serving Venice since the late 19th Century and is one of the most popular Italian bakeries and dessert restaurants in the city. It is well-known for its Krapfen, a confectionery in which instead of a hole the donut is filled with cream. On entering this bakery, you are greeted by racks of pastries, cupcakes and typical local sweets such as Frittella, a variety of Venetian pastry. Its desserts are offered in classic flavors such as cinnamon, almond paste, orange, pistachio and chocolate. Do not miss the Krapfen filled with rich Zabaione cream.
Touted to be one of the oldest book shops around town, the Libreria Toletta boasts of a vast collection of books. It has books that date back to the 1970s era and also has editions of leading publishing houses. And, the reading material available here is not restricted to Italian language, but features English titles too. For more details, check website.
This shop mainly sells Russian and English silver, Russian icons, and antique glassware. They also offer a good selection of antique jewelry, furniture and paintings.
Marchini Time is a popular confectionery in town. From chocolates, savories, delightful pastries and baked goodies, their products are fresh and delicious. Their artisanal chocolates are quite the crowd puller. You can even feast on their snacks and pizzas while shopping for sweet treats.
In the area of Rialto Market, a few steps off Rialto Bridge, Mascari still stands as the oldest grocery shop in Venice. The Mascari family sells spices, teas, oil, balsamic vinegar, truffles and artistically made pasta since 1948. The accent lies on the ingredients commonly used in Italian cuisine. Many products, such as porcini mushrooms, tomatoes and aubergines are available sun-dried, and are sold in packets or in jars preserved in olive oil. Truffle butter, Sicilian capers and wild oregano are also for sale. The grocer's shop is also well-known for its many different types of infusions (some of them quite unusual), the large honey selection (50 different kinds!) and for its coffee blends from all over the world.