Shopping in Venice
In Venice you will be able to find anything, from typical souvenir shops with Carnival masks and Murano glass items, to the most luxurious high fashion boutiques.
The glass objects made on the island of Murano by master glass blowers are an old tradition. They are made using techniques that have been handed down over the centuries. The many glass-workshops in Venice and Murano offer any type of objects. There are Venini lamps and ashtrays, vases and small, coloured, decorative animal figures. One of the most popular souvenirs is la murrina. This is a slim round pendant made by coloured glass with spiral or flower patterns that is hung on a gold or silver chain around your neck. There are also some shops that sell necklaces made with coloured Venetian glass pearls, that can sometimes be bought separate too, so that you can use them to make something on your own.
A large number of mask shops is evidently seen in Venice. Masks are made either from terracotta or from pot. Carnival masks are a big tradition in Venice and are highly linked with its history. You can choose from the ready made masks or even order one to be made for you in one of the many mask workshops you will find in Venice.
If you want to take some food home as a souvenir, you can buy some packages of typical Venetian sweets, such as the "zaeti" that can be bought in one of the many cake shops in Venice. Moreover, famous Venetian cookies are the "Baicioli" that are sold in very beautiful decorated boxes.
Those of you who like to do shopping from famous Italian and international fashion designers, will find plenty of boutiques to shop from. The majority of them are located in the shopping district of Mercerie which is Venice' s main shopping street that connects the Piazza San Marco to Rialto bridge. Boutiques such as Max Mara, Sergio Rossi, Cartier, Krizia, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and many others can be found here. Calle XXII Marzo is also worth a visit so as to admire boutiques like Bulgari, Bruno Magli, Versace and Damiani.