Venice

Venice Travel Guide

Jack Nicholson and Elton John are fans of the made-to-measure silk pajamas embroidered with Venetian lions.

François Pinault recently commissioned Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando to turn this ornate 18th-century palace on the Grand Canal into a steamlined art exhibition space complete with white, freestanding walls.

The museum has an incredible 18th-century clothing collection that includes the fur-trimmed crimson brocade tunics once worn by city councilmen.

The popular spot features a bottle-stacked bar, illuminated by Ingo Maurer lights, and outdoor chairs that overlook the Grand Canal.

Senegal-born Moulaye Niang is the city’s first African glassmaker. His store sells contemporary jewelry that uses bright colors from his homeland. Best finds: bulbous glass rings in orange and lilac.

The museum has a collection of paintings by Pietro Longhi, is a Modernist reprieve from the city’s Gothic architecture.

Bibliophiles will bask in the variety of reading materials: everything from rare and used books about Venice to contemporary mysteries autographed by local writer Donna Leon.

The streets leading to the Rialto Bridge are lined with vendors selling wooden toys, shoes, bags, and hats. Best buys include the multihued furlane (traditional velvet slippers with soles made from bicycle tires).

The shop features modern glassware along with rare vintage finds, such as 1940’s glass vases by Carlo Scarpa.

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.

Legendary designer Mariano Fortuny assigned the colors for his fabrics’ poetic names: “Rembrandt rust straw and silvery gold,” “Bayou lime green and old ivory,” “seafoam green.” You’ll find these and more at this factory and shop, where 16,000 yards of Egyptian cotton are handcrafted every year.

The extraordinary Gothic structure houses Tintoretto's Paradiso—one of the largest paintings in the world—which hangs in the Sala del Maggiore Consiglio.

 

To rent a costume for the February Carnevale, come here; The shop carries more than 10,000 period pieces.