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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)
Written Jul 6, 2012
Address: Dorsoduro 1169
Phone: (+39) 041 5229749
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!!!
Updated Jul 6, 2012
Address: San Polo 385/386
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.
Updated Oct 26, 2011
Address: Campo San Bartolemeo 5547A
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.
Written Oct 21, 2011
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!
Written Oct 12, 2011
Address: 2606 Campo San Maurizio San Marco, Venice 30124
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!
Written Sep 28, 2011
Address: San Marco, 2088 Via XXII Marzo, Venezia 30124
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!
Written Sep 28, 2011
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!
Written Sep 28, 2011
Address: Sestiere Cannaregio, 159/a, 30121 Venezia, Italy
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.
Written Jun 6, 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.
Updated Jun 3, 2011
Address: Bacino Orseolo San Marco, 1192, 1-30124 Venezia
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