Today I share some shops, which are not masks or Murano glass shops, and even if you don't go shopping, just looking at the items will make you happy because what they sell are small works of art.
1. I TRE MERCANTI
It belongs to 3 Venetians. To buy excellent food and wines, bottles for all tastes and budgets. Homemade pasta and an incredible live cooking tiramisu.
Refined glass objects by the artist Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga, who, as he himself says, wants to "bring beauty back to life"
Elegant store that sells accessories, jewelry and home decoration all made of wood and plastic, minimalist.
Special mirrors by the artisan Stefano Coluccio inspired by the history of art.
5. TONOLO SELEZIONI
Famous for recycled canvas truck bags, also accessories, all in black and white.
6. THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
The Venetians played an important role in the history of perfumes. Fragrances that recreate the spice route.
Designer items like purses, jewelry, decorative items, designer t-shirts (I love the Spritz one) all from Venetian artisans using recycled materials.
8. CHIARASTELLA CATTANA
I have a cushion from this store that is a treasure for me. This store has home accessories, elegant fabrics, glass objects.
I will tell you about it in another article, just keep the idea that it is a museum of fabrics in the Ca' Pisani Rubelli palace.
10. PAOLO OLBI
Gift items in leather and 'marmorata' paper, such as clipboards, photo albums, tableware, photo frames, notebooks, folders, hand-printed 'capolettera' cards, all objects made following the Venetian artisan tradition.
The “Venice in a box” collection is not to be missed. Paper objects, including jewelry with fine paper from Japan and Nepal, made by hand.
12. ALBERTO VALESE
Stationery specialized in ebru or marbled paper. Marbled paper and "carte a stampo" prints of palatial architecture, botanical or geometric motifs for notebooks and pocket cards; Christmas decorations and stationery accessories.
13. TIENDA MASCARI
Antica Drogheria Mascari, a spice shop, makes you feel like you're in another century. Prices are handwritten, candy jars line shelves behind the cash register, and loose spices are arranged in neat, medina-style piles in the window.
The store is in a curious building, a separate house. Glass bracelets, earrings, necklaces, but the specialty is the very realistic glass insects.
I just go to look at the window. The pieces are works of art. Nardi is especially known for his moretto, a Blackamoor (represents a black man) brooch adorned with gold and colored jewels and an unmistakable Venetian emblem. In San Marco Square.
Long live shopping, even if we only take a look at it!