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Luigi Bevilacqua is one of the most famous Venetian weaving mills in the world, its history spanning three centuries. Both the headquarters and the factory are located in Venice. Here, you can watch and admire the creation of splendid prints, brocades, velvets and damask at close range, they can also be viewed in several Venetian palaces. Choose from a luxurious range of upholstery fabrics to decorate your home or choose from their exclusive range of bags that team up well with chic evening wear. Check website for a complete catalog of quaint fabrics.
In operation since 1862, Abate Zanetti has been keeping the art of Murano glass-making alive through its Scuola Del Vetro or School of Glass where serious students can learn this novel art including the techniques of lampworking, fusing and furnacing and continue this ancient tradition. The works by both students and masters at glass making and designing can be bought at the on-site shop which sells everything from custom-made glass works to handcrafted items including vases, show pieces, plates and goblets as well as chandeliers and a variety of eclectic lights along with other home decor items. Whether you are interested in learning the delicate skill of glass-making or simply want to spruce up the way your house looks, head to Abate Zanetti to enroll for a class or browse through their fascinating collection.
Each town has its fair share of shopping areas and streets, Venice is no exception to this. Mercerie is one of its historic and premium shopping area that comprises several streets. Most of the boutiques along this area are high end brands like Gucci, Versace and Cartier. Don't fret, as Mercerie does have stands that sell knick knacks, souvenirs, hand-painted masks, jewellery and so forth. And, if all that shopping tires you, then head to one of the many bars that are located here.
No matter what kind of outdoor activity you're interested in, you'll always find something interesting at Mestre Sport in Venice. Located on Via Bissuola, this awesome outdoor gear store stocks wondrous products that come handy in adventurous activities like mountaineering, hiking, trekking, skiing and diving. The store stocks a good range of products merchandise from brands such as Skii Trab, Scarpa, Mammut, Suunto and Pynafit, to name a few. If you're going for an adventurous trek in the Himalayas or a fun scuba experience in Australia, Mestre Sports warrants a check!
Decathlon the French brand is known for the huge range of sportswear and outdoor gear it offers. With over 85 stores in Italy itself, the brand boasts of a major global presence, in 20 different countries. These stores stock more than 700 products - all dedicated to some or the other sports or activity. Here you will find a plethora of athletic apparel and footwear, outdoor wear and a diverse range of sporting goods. Located on Via Don Peron, their Venice outlet was established in 2004 and has ever since catered to athletes interested in 70 different sports. The humungous shopping facility is manned by a knowledgeable and courteous staff who will make sure your shopping experience at this Decathlon outlet is exceedingly pleasant.
One of the most popular departmental stores in Mestre, Centro Commerciale Polo is located on Via Ettore Tito. It has been a providing a respite for visiting and resident shpppers of Venice, since its establishment over 20 years back. The place boasts of several products including clothing for men, women and kids, footwear, jewelry, home accessories, electronics and much more. There's also a super-value supermarket where you will find fresh local produce, freshly baked goodies and many packaged food products - all at discounted prices.