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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.
This bookshop is located right in front of Cafoscari. There is a wide range of books and discounts are available for members.
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.
Locals who know the hidden secrets of Venice are regular customers of Cantine del Vino Già Schiavi, situated in the Dorsoduro district. Gaining critical acclaim on the official tourism site of Venice, this restaurant serves a selection of “cicchetti” or “light snacks,” traditional Italian food, fresh seafood, cheese and, of course, wine. It is primarily a wine shop and this small store is filled with racks of wine bottles on every side. Its menu includes items like Fennel Crostini, Dried Tuna served with Dandelion, Crema di Pistachio and Pumpkin Mascarpone. Owing to its popularity it easily gets crowded with patrons looking for the best deals on local wines.
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.
Everyone gets souvenirs like T-shirts, key chains or fridge magnets. But if you are interested in selecting unique souvenir and gift items, visit the SignorBlum shop. The store-cum-workshop is the brainchild of four creative minds that have come together for this venture. Taking inspiration from Venice, they create hand-crafted wooden art pieces. You can give inputs, suggestions and your unique gift item is ready. Since each piece is hand made and made-to-order, every purchase is different sans any similarities or copies. For more details, check website.