Venice

Venice Travel Guide

The shop crafts beautiful decorative glass objects—starfish, coral, animals, and dragonflies.

Pop into this tiny shop for dark chocolates spiced with lavender, cayenne pepper, star anise, or cinnamon.

An oarlock might not be at the top of your shopping list, but step inside this woodworking shop and you’re likely to change your mind. Designer Saviero Pastor hand-carves sinuous, one-of-a-kind pieces in walnut, cherry, or pear wood.

Artists pontificate over the latest exhibits while lounging on cream linen sofas at this contemporary gallery-cafe. During "spritz hour" (6 to 9 p.m.), Campari cocktails are $6 a glass.

Instead of the basilica on San Marco, head for a far newer landmark: the showroom architect Scarpa created for the Olivetti company in 1957. Diagonally across from the celebrated cathedral, it’s a jewel-like temple for secular objects.

Where: Rio di Palazzo, Venice, steps from Piazza San Marco.

 

Stats: Built in the early 1600s in the Baroque style, the bridge connects the Doge’s Palace to what was once a prison.

 

The museum runs tours of the Jewish Ghetto. You can visit three of the five area synagogues, each with its own character and design.

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.

The boutique deals in delciate glassware.

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.