Shopping in Venice

Shopping in Venice

Carnevale Masks shop, San Polo, Venice, Italy Follow Me on Pinterest

Carnevale Masks shop, San Polo, Venice, Italy

Venice is famous for several local crafts that have been produced here for centuries and are hard to get elsewhere: the glassware from the island of Murano, the delicate lace from Burano (rarely found now, most of it’s from China though still of good quality), and the cartapesta (papier-mâché) Carnevale masks.

Piazza San Marco is linked to the Rialto by the busiest, richest and narrowest of shopping streets: the Mercerie. The name is plural, because it is divided into five parts: the Merceria dell’Orologio, di San Zulian, del Capitello, di San Salvador and ‘del 2 Aprile‘. If you like to do famous name shopping, this is the place (though not for the traditional products mentioned above). Look out for all the usual suspects including Max Mara, Sergio Rossi, Cartier, Rolex, Krizia, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and the rest. Calle XXII Marzo is also well worth a visit: here you can find Bulgari, Bruno Magli, Versace, Damiani.

Other areas:

Calle Valleresso, San Marco – Harry’s Bar is on this street, it’s a small alley full of flash boutiques including Gucci, Ferragamo and Dolce and Gabbana.

Calle della Mandorla – shops selling the usual hand-printed/stamped paper, Murano glass and jewellery

La Calle Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, San Marco 2493.
The Santa Maria Novella range of soaps, candles and scents. Ideal presents in great packaging.

For the greatest selection of traditional glass pieces and lace, take a boat to the islands of Murano and Burano.

If you want to take some food home as a souvenir, you can also buy some packages of typical Venetian sweets, such as the zaeti that can be bought in one of the many cake shops in Venice.

Shop Hours

Shops are usually open in the morning from 9am to 12:30 pm, and from 4pm to 7:30pm. Some places may be closed on Wednesdays, so call before you go or ask your hotel concierge.

Venetian Carnival Masks

Ca del Sol
Castello 4964, fondamento de l’Osmarin, San Zaccaria 
Specializes in hand-made Venice Carnival Masks
Open – Daily 10 – 8pm 

Ca Macana
Dorsoduro 3172, calle de le Botteghe, San Barnaba
Buy your mask for the next Venetian festival at this shop, which specializes in the traditional Commediad ell’arte, as well as Venetian styles.
Open – Daily 10 – 7pm

Calle dei Nomboli, San Polo, 2800
Tel. 041 721102
Commedia dell’arte, historical styles, 18th century costumes.

Casanova Masks
San Marco 1657, piscine de Frezzeria
Specializes in hand-made Venetian Carnival Masks

La Venexiana Atelier
Campo de Frari, San Polo

Renzo Marega
Fondamenta dell’Osmarin, Castello 4968.
One of the better mask shops in the city offering hand-made designs that are made in an atelier across the canal from the shop.

Il Canovaccio
Castello 5369-70, Calle delle Bande Tel:(041) 521 0393
Provided the masks and costumes for the orgy scene in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.

Theatre Costumes

Atelier Pietro Longhi
San Polo 2604/B 30125 Tel: 041-714478
Located near the Church of the Frari.


San Polo, 1462 30125 Tel: (041) 520-7502
One-of-a-kind and limited-edition dolls created by the world-renowned artist Beatrice Perini.

Bambole di Trilly
Fondamenta de l’Osmarin, Castello 4974 (near the church of San Grigorio Greci) Tel/fax: (041) 521-2579.
Beautiful hand-made dolls, better than the rest, great clothes.


Fratelli Tosi
Calle delle Conterie, 10 30141 Murano
Tel: 041-739071
Specializes in Venetian Mirrors.

Murano Collezioni
Fondamento Mani 1/cd, Murano
Glass factory producing high quality Murano glass ware
Open – Daily 10 – 6pm

Piazetta dei Leoni 314 Tel. (041) 522 4045
Fondamenta Vetrai 50 Murano Tel. (041) 273 7211)
Versace’s glassmakers. Not so cheap, but good.

Mazzega – Murano
Fondamenta da Mula 147, Murano
Murano glass ware 
Open – Daily 9 – 5.30pm

Schiavon – Palazzo del Vetro
Fondamento Vetrai 15, Murano
Murano Glass ware
Open – Daily 9 – 5.30pm

Burano Lace

Merletti D’Arte Martina
San Marco 307-337, Burano
Vast selection of Burano Lace
Open – Daily 9 – 7pm

San Polo 2718, calle dei Saoneri
Specialized in Burano Lace
Open – Monday – Saturday 10 -1pm / 4 – 8pm

Hand printed/stamped paper products

Legatoria Piazzesi
Campiello della Feltrina (near the church of Santa Maria del Giglio), San Marco

Il Pavone
721 along Fondamente Venier dei Leone, Dorsoduro
In addition to paper, this shop has initial (A-Z) rubber stamps with Venetian details (palazzi, well heads, lamp posts) in the background
(Also an Il Pavone shop in San Polo with the same products)

San Polo 2752 (nr San Tomà and Casa Goldoni.) Tel: (041) 710670
Hand printed books, marbled paper, photo albums and much more. All purchases are beautifully wrapped in handmade paper and secured with string and wax seals.

Linda Gonzalez
San Marco 1854 (on Campo San Fantine, at Calle del Frutariol and Calle Minelli) Tel: (041) 5285563.

Alberto Valese
Campiello Santo Stefano Tel: (041) 520-0921

Paolo Olbi,
3653 Calle della Mandola Tel: (041) 528-5025

ArtigianCarta Venezia
S. Marco, Frezzeria 1797 Tel: (041) 522-5606

Notepaper with Venetian scenes
The bookshop at the entrance to the Palazzo Ducale on Riva degli Schiavoni. Writing tablets and notepads.

Fabrics for interiors, brocades, velvets, tapestries

Factory: S. Croce 1320 30135 Tel: (041) 721566
Shops: S. Marco 337/B – Fondamenta Canonica, S. Marco 2520 – S. Maria del Giglio
Range of fabrics, many still hand-produced on original eighteenth/nineteenth-century looms. Archive of designs, with over 3,500 well-conserved samples, Beautiful tapestry fabric, cushions, velvets, brocades – many using the Lion of St. Mark.

Hand-made Glass-bead jewellery

La Cornucopia
3712 Calle della Mandola, San Marco

Perle e dintori
3740 Calle della Mandola, San Marco

Leslie Genninger Studio
1845 Calle del Frutarol San Marco Tel: (041) 5239494
2793/A Dorsoduro, Calle del Traghetto (next to Ca’Rezzonico Museum on the Grand Canal), 30123; telephone/fax, (041) 5225565

Venetian scene lithographs

Vio Arte
Calle della Mandola (between Campo San Angelo and Campo Manin), San Marco

Il Pavone
Fondamenta Venter dai Leoni 721 Tel: (041) 523 4517
Amazing little paper and lithograph near the Guggenheim Museum

BAC Art Studio,
Campo San Vio 862 Tel: (041) 522 81 71
Ruga Rialto 1069 San Polo Tel (041) 523 1108

Salizzada San Rocco 3045 Tel: (041) 522 8843

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