This historic glass-blowing business has always produced extremely exclusive glassware. Vases of all shapes and sizes take on magical colors and transparencies in a plethora of styles. Collaboration with a variety of modern designers and artists such as Ettore Sottsass has insured that the decorative glassware remains contemporary. Today, Venini produces vases, glasses and chandeliers, which are exported all over the world. Decorating your home with Venini's pieces adds a wonderful dimension to the interiors and brings an unique charm.
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.
Martinuzzi is touted to be the oldest shop selling lace in Venice. Most other lace shops in the city import their goods from foreign lands, however Martinuzzi has stuck to its traditions and is one of the best places to buy handspun Venetian lace items. As soon as you enter the shop, you are greeted by racks of laces in a variety of colors and intricate patterns. Whether you are looking for bobbin lace, bedspreads, table cloths or mats, this place has it in unusual and fashionable patterns that are sure to infuse an element of surprise in your home. This store also takes custom orders to design bed sheets for oversized beds.
Masks of all kinds are available at Ca' Macana, one of the best-known, mask-making studios in Venice. They produce a wide range of masks including favorites as Pulcinella (Punch), the Bauta, the Plague Doctor and the colored, gilded eye-masks. Many of them can be spotted in Tiepolo paintings. In the nearby workshop, the owner organizes courses teaching the theory and the practice of mask-making and explaining how to prepare papier-mâché decorations. Ca' Macana also offers short conferences on the history of Carnival and the importance of masks in the city's culture.
Everyone of us wants to prepare an authentic Italian meal that will appeal to the eyes as well as palate. We are always awe-struck, when elaborately prepared meals with lovely presentation are served at a gourmet restaurant or a cooking show. At I Tre Mercanti, you can actually shop for ingredients that go in the making of a lavish Italian platter. At this store, you can also savor delightful panini as well as Tiramisu sweets that are liked by all. For more details, check website.
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.
Young fashion, en masse and for little money: Since 1947 the stores of the Swedish fashion house have been supplying the world with hip clothing. Another reason why a lot of people love H&M are the regularly released designer collections that upgrade the customer's wardrobe with famous brands like Versace, Jimmy Choo and Stella McCartney without straining the purse.
The bookstore Ai due santi, since 30 years is working in selling and buying old and precious books. The texts are mainly about science, literature, philosophy, medicine and local history. Twice a year they update their catalogue and they are part of the most important association of antique books. The shop is placed in the very center of the city.