Shopping in Venice

Getty Images

Hit this city at the end of your Italian odyssey, because you’re in for some serious shopping here. As a city geared toward tourists, many of Venice’... Read More

Hit this city at the end of your Italian odyssey, because you’re in for some serious shopping here. As a city geared toward tourists, many of Venice’s shops and boutiques are stuffed with gifts and souvenirs—but amid the standard tourist traps are artisanal workshops and ateliers, handcrafting everything from carnival masks (at Il Mercante Veneziano) to sculptural gondola oarlocks (at Franco Furlanetto in San Polo). The independent shopping scene flies under the radar, but it’s thriving. And, for the future of the city, it’s crucial to support it.

Read Less
  • Acqua Marea

    Venice's first store dedicated entirely to rain boots opened in January 2016. Owner Martina Ranaldo has curated a gorgeous collection of chic boots from... Read More

  • Antonia Sautter

    Venice's unofficial queen of the carnival (she's behind the once-in-a-lifetime ball, the Ballo del Doge), Antonia Sautter's San Marco atelier sells... Read More

  • Arras Tessuti

    These brightly colored jackets, shawls, and coats are hand-woven in town by a cooperative of disabled youngsters, and the store also stocks products... Read More

  • Ca' Macana

    One of the best-known papier maché mask-makers in Venice (they worked on Eyes Wide Shut, for starters), Ca' Macana has two showrooms and an atelier in... Read More

  • Dila

    Tucked away among San Polo's souvenir shops is this adorable little boutique dedicated to Venice's famous cats, run by a feline-loving family since the... Read More

  • Franco Furlanetto

    In the middle of San Polo's souvenir store-filled drag is this rare glimpse of real Venice: Artisan Franco Furlanetto's workshop where he makes oars and... Read More

  • Il Mercante Veneziano

    Few know that originally, Venetian masks were made of leather rather than papier maché. Only two people still make leather masks in Venice, one of whom... Read More

  • Legatoria Piazzesi

    Going strong since 1851, this gem on San Marco's main tourist drag is one of the oldest stationery shops in Venice, with hand-printing and book-binding... Read More

  • Libreria Acqua Alta

    There's a reason why non-Italian speakers flock to this second-hand bookshop—owner Luigi Frizzo might not be exaggerating when he calls it the most... Read More

  • Mercantino di Campo San Maurizio

    From Friday to Sunday, this little square on the main drag from San Marco is filled with antiques stalls. Paintings, pocket watches, antique jewelry,... Read More

  • Orsoni

    Orsoni is Venice's best-known mosaic manufacturer. At the Cannaregio headquarters (which doubles as a workshop and retail outlet) you'll see more than 3... Read More

  • Rialto Market

    Whether or not you're in a position to cook with what's on offer at the legendary Rialto market (at the foot of the bridge on the San Polo side of the... Read More

  • Rio Terà dei Pensieri

    A chance to buy souvenirs and do good at the same time, this tiny little kiosk in Campo Santo Stefano sells items made by inmates at Venice's two... Read More

  • Rubelli

    Known across the globe for its sumptuous fabrics, which have furnished royal palaces and opera houses, Rubelli was founded in 1858 and is still family... Read More

  • Venetia Studium

    Inspired by Mariano Fortuny's style (he's the legendary turn-of-the-century designer; they hold the patent on his art nouveau lamps), this wonderful... Read More

Back To Top