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T+L's Guide to Venice

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Photo: Martin Morrell

Dress Like a Venetian

At the clothing shop Hibiscus, you’ll find boho-chic styles such as flared knee-length silk skirts in rouge and rust, and kimono jackets in red and fuchsia.

During periods of acqua alta (high water), opt for a pair of stylish high-heeled rain boots in splashy red at Dittura Massimo.

Milliner Giuliana Longo has been creating her signature hats in her workshop since 1968. Pick up a brightly colored beret made of rabbit fur and felt.

Slip your feet into a custom pair of shoes by avant-garde shoemaker Giovanna Zanella. Her wild designs run the gamut from lace-up boots in green and pink leather to frog-skin flats.

Sweet Treats

Dried fruits, truffles, 80 kinds of spices, and 100 varieties of chocolate fill the shelves at Drogheria Mascari, the best grocery store in town. Expect a wait at Alaska, a hole-in-the-wall gelato parlor where owner Carlo Pistacchi serves up his unusual flavors of gelato—artichoke, fig, and ginger. Swing by the pint-size VizioVirtù for dark chocolates spiced with lavender, cayenne pepper, star anise, or cinnamon.

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