All the gift shops are very helpful and interested in your purchase.
What to buy: Leather items such as bags, briefcases, wallets and purses.
What to pay: Venice is brilliant for leather bags and wallets etc. as there are dozens of shops selling brilliant high quality goods, BUT, do check out as many as you can before actually buying as you will find that most of them sell exactly the same goods but at very different prices. Ladies handbags and Gents briefcases varied from 45 euro to 90 euro for EXACTLY the same items. It might take time, but 'just looking' will save you lots of money before you actually buy your chosen item. Don't buy on impulse!
I already saw these shops (it is two of them) on my very first evening in Venezia and liked their exhibits. And as I passed it quite often during my stay in the city, I finally bought some gifts. The artist, Monica Martin of Jesolo, is selling beautiful watercolour paintings here, in all different sizes. The themes range from typical Veneziano sights, like of course gondolas, the most famous Palazzos, such as Ca’d’Oro and of course, Basilica San Marco, to more colourful steet scenes. The affordable paintings are reprints of her original artwork, which is also available, but of course, at a much higher price. Her website lists the different artwork, according to themes. As far as I could see, the smallest printings (reprints) can be only bought framed (wooden frame, in colours red, orange or blue), but the bigger ones are also sold without frame.
What to buy: I bought some of the smaller reprints (14 x 9 cm) of gondolas and … yes, I even bought a reprint of Basilica San Marco, as I liked the watercolour (photos and 4).
In addition to the paintings to hang on walls, they also have bookmarks with similar watercolours (photo 5).
At the time of my visit (May 2007), they had a special offer for the small prints: if you buy 3, you get one for free. Each of the smaller ones was 15 Euro. The prices for the bigger ones are abailable on her website (click on the prints and then a new window with info will pop up).
Bookmarks were 5 Euro each.
What to pay: Directions: the shops are easy to find. One is located in Calle delle Bande, 5267/a (Castello), which is the southernmost street/bridge to San Marco from Campo S Maria Formosa, and the other one is in Calle S Lio 5765 (Castello), which is eastward from Ponte Rialto. You can’t miss them, the windows are full with the colourful prints.
From what I could see – they are open all day, including Sundays.
Update, August 2013: website exchanged.
One of our goals in coming to Venezia was to find and purchase authentic and hand made masks. After talking to the folks where we were staying, they said we have to go to Ca' Macana. It's one of Venice’s oldest and best known workshops. What we found out about Ca'Macana was that they've been lucky enough to collaborate with film producers (for example...Stanley Kubrick for the film Eyes Wide Shut) and they've always remained faithful to tradition. This means that they make and paint all of their masks strictly by hand as they were doing in Venice 800 years ago and they never repeat a decoration, so each mask is unique.
What to buy: Masks of course!!!
What to pay: For two masks, we paid €161 ($200 USD)
We were running low on the number of minutes available on our phone. So we looked for the neighborhood TIM store and added minutes to our phone. Easy, affordable, incoming calls are free regardless of origin, no need for a deposit, credit-check or contract and outgoing rates start at US $.15/min with no international roaming surcharges. What else could you ask for!!!
This shop has a great selection of handmade marbled paper. Most of the designs are locally made and designed by the shop owner. Yes, it's in a prime tourist trap area right near the Rialto bridge, but the papers are gorgeous and very good quality.
What to buy: Paper, scrap books, art supplies etc.
Prosciutto crudo is a dry-cured ham, it is made from either a pig's or wild boar's leg or thigh. The process of making prosciutto can take from nine months to two years, depending on size of the ham. The ham is first cleaned, salted and left for about two months. During this time the ham is pressed, gradually and carefully, to avoid breaking the bone, and to drain all blood left in the meat. It has to be washed several times to remove the salt and is hung in a dark, well ventilated environment. The surrounding air is very important to the final quality of prosciutto, the best result is obtained in a cold climate. The ham is then left until dry.
What to buy: The production of prosciutto is commonly associated with Friuli and Emilia, in Italy then also Croatia (Istria, Dalmatia), Slovenia (Kras, Vipava Valley) and Montenegro (Njegusi).
The best known Italian prosciutto comes from Parma, but the one from San Daniele at Friuli is the best in quality.
San Daniele is small town in Friuli, located about 20km northwest of Udine. Every summer, at the end of June, there is the "Aria di Festa", an event about ham.
On our travels, my boyfriend and I often look at art for purchase as a souvenir, an expensive souvenir! And, we just happen to be keeping an eye out for a sculpture piece to put in the entry way of our home. This gallery had the most amazing pieces that were mobile, spinned around, twirled! They were fantastic. But....out of our price range. The piece out front of the gallery was valued about €30,000.00 or US$44,000.00. So, we did not purchase anything. For those of you who can afford something in this price range, it would be a worthwhile acquisition. Very cool gallery!
This was an amazing store with lots and lots and lots of glass vases, dishes, statues, sculptures, etc. Buying something like this and transporting it home is a challenge I didn't want to deal with. So, we looked and ahhhed at all the fantastic things and went home empty handed. At this point, we had not went to Murano and there were even more fantastic finds over there!
I can't remember where we saw this at but it was fun to see a produce market on a boat. We didn't see more than this one but the novelty that you can go anywhere to sell your goods was a fantastic concept! I wish hotel rooms came equiped with kitchens because it was always so tempting to buy food and be able to prepare our own meals!
This was a wonderful jewelry store with unique items that I found very interesting. I'm always on the hunt to find a souvenir from another country that I can treasure forever and jewelry is wonderful when you can't find a piece no where else in the world.
I bought a unique necklace that appears to be a gold mesh chain that you tie around your neck. The gold mesh chain was actually fabric, dipped in 18 karat gold. Soft to the touch. It is quite beautiful. It's located down a busy walking street with many, many shops so to find this store with such nice quality items was a surprise.
I couldn't find a website but the address is correct. My receipt says Ditta Gibigiana Di Lanza, Venezia and another receipt says Gibigiana, Cannaregio 159, Venezia. They do take American Express!
This page has been put up to show you some types of things to buy. You can see what is available in Venezia for the shopper. These are all from legitimate sellers, not items made in another country.
What to buy: Leather goods--books bound in leather
hand made foods
Take a look at my fotos, taken June, 2011.
I am an HRC pin collector. As I travel, I look for the opportunity to collect more pins. This Hard Rock Cafe in Venice was a little hard to find even though it is close to Piazza San Marcos. We walked up and down some of the narrow streets and I happen to see the sign by chance. I would have loved to collect pins from the HRC in Florence but it was not due to open until June (the following month!). I did collect my pins in Rome. So, I was pretty happy with my purchases.
Shop Recently taken over by daughter of original owners. Along with the Son-in-law, both make it a point to spend alot of dedicated time with each customer, so be patient while they are busy. I found their focus to the customer excellent. They told us they consider it rude to simply try and manage multiple customers at the same time....so be patient and you'll be rewarded with dedicated service.
What to buy: Gold Jewelry, Silver Jewelry, Murano Glass, Cameo's, and other art objects. They were very attentive as we were looking for several pieces of jewelry and ended up selecting two items.
What to pay: Shop does charge slightly lower than San Marco Square jewelers and a little more than jewely shops we went to on the Strada Nuovo between Rialto and the Train Station. However, their service was the best. They also provided discounts without prompting of 5% to 7% on select items but they agreed to even lower prices as we politely mentioned other stores down the Strada that had slightly lower prices and they generously agreed to the final amounts. We went to other jewelry shops on Rialto bridge and found Al Ponte De Oro to be the friendliest and most attentive with no heavy sales tactics.
Roberto Tiozzo specializes in gold and silver jewelry. The service is great and very helpful. He was the first vendor that explained how we could save money by getting the VAT refunded and other discounts. More importantly, he had the right gold mask earing my wife was looking for and was very patient in helping my wife try about 6 earings of various designs and weights.
What to buy: Robert Tiozzo shop is primarily gold and silver jewelry but also Murano Glass rimmed with gold.
What to pay: Best prices in the San Marco area and possible all of Venice. He clearly and patiently explained the discounts and VAT refund process to get us the best costs.
I think everything is special in this store. I would love to see more places like this in a city as wonderful as Venice. Fist of all the warm and comfortable atmosphere, it looks like an ancient living room, with carpets, curtains and old fashioned furniture. Then you can browse through many different items. Home decoration, art pieces, body and home scents, jewlery... but in the end this is a profesisonal optometrist and the owner, Alessandro , is selling very selected brands in eyewear. Not any fashion brand, but frames that can be distinguished by design and quality as well originality. WOW. such an experience. I felt really at home there. Can't wait to have my custom made frame in two weeks.
What to buy: I've seen there some handcrafted things from Morocco : tassles to bend curtains, napkinholders.
There are a lot of designer pieces made with ceramic , many are covered with gold, platinum or copper.
The owner must be a designer, he told me the hats I've seen there are his own creation.
On the walls there were hanging some pictures of strange masks, made out of hot melt glue, as well an idea of his.
Another cool thing is the big selection of crazy looking contact lenses, sold for something like 40 euros.
What to pay: Most thing are expensive, but I had the impression, prices are not overcharged. Objects are really luxurios there. For a pair of glasses you can spend between 120 and 400 euros. Some really preciuos pieces in gold and buffalo horn are over 1000 €.
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