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Shopping in Venice

Colleen M. Alley

I thought I'd write these travel notes to help those of you heading to Venice soon. Mostly art, paper products, and jewelry items.

Hand made glass bead jewelry - in glowing colors with gold accents

*Leslie Genninger Studio, 1845 Calle del Frutarol (near La Fenice), San Marco 011-39/041.5239494
Usually they'll offer a small discount if you pay with cash, or purchase more than one item.

Venetian scene lithographs

*Vio Arte, calle della Mandola (btwn. Campo San Angelo and Campo Manin), San Marco

Glass bead jewelry, masks, hand painted Fontanini angels

*La Cornucopia, 3712 Calle della Mandola, San Marco
This shop is run by two beautiful and sweet sisters - Francesca and Chiara.

Glass beads, beaded jewelry and other items

*Perle e dintori
3740 Calle della Mandola, San Marco

Hand printed/stamped paper and 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)

Hand crafted Venetian masks, hand painted boxes, etc.

*La Venexiana Atelier, Campo de Frari, San Polo

Resin miniatures of Venetian buildings:

*Il Mondo in Miniatura
Dorsoduro (sorry, no address - near Campo San Barnaba)

Notepaper with Venetian scenes

The bookshop at the entrance to the Palazzo Ducale on Riva degli Schiavoni. Writing tablets and notepads with a background from a Bernardo Bellotto painting.

Fortuny-style fabric items

*Venetia Studium, Calle Larga XXII Marzo, near the church of San Moise


The giftshop at the Guggenheim Museum (Dorsoduro) has a nice selection of Venice and Venetian art related books. One of my best finds here was the book, Venice Remembers, which includes photos and descriptions of all of the marble plaques on Venetian buildings.

The bookshop at the end of Calle Canonica (along the north side of Basilica San Marco) has maps, and a very good selection of books - novels and guidebooks - printed in English. (I always look for the latest Donna Leon novel here!)

Tassels and tapestries

*Bevilacqua, on Fondamente Canonica (around the corner from the bookshop above). Beautiful tapestry fabric, pillows, sachets - some with the Lion of St. Mark. A second shop is located next to the church of Santa Maria del Giglio, San Marco.

When Colleen is not traveling, she can usually be found either reading about travel or writing about it.

© Colleen M. Alley

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