UNIQUE IN VE­NI­CE

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Di­sco­ver ar­ti­sa­nal ‘bot­te­ghe', ti­ny jewel-li­ke bou­ti­ques and vin­ta­ge shops.

Ar­ti­sa­nal ‘bot­te­ghe', ti­ny jewel-li­ke bou­ti­ques and vin­ta­ge shops, this 'unique' ci­ty of­fers an ar­ray of 'unique' lo­ca­tions whe­re you can in­dul­ge in an authentic shop­ping experience and pur­cha­se ob­jet d'art, fa­brics and ac­ces­so­ries that you'll be hard put to find el­sewhe­re. Whi­le strolling through its ‘cal­li', you will di­sco­ver how the tra­di­tion cul­ti­va­ted by the lat­ter en­do­ws this ci­ty with its cha­rac­te­ri­stic vi­bran­cy…

La Bot­te­ga dei Ma­sca­re­ri The work­shop of the Bol­drin bro­thers spe­cia­li­zes in the craf­ting of a va­rie­ty of pa­pier ma­che Ve­ne­tian ma­sks, in­clu­ding je­sters, el­ves and cha­rac­ters from the ‘Com­me­dia dell'Ar­te' for a trip back in­to 18th cen­tu­ry Ve­ni­ce. The Ma­sca­re­ri ha­ve al­so wor­ked for the thea­tre, the ci­ne­mas and fa­shion sho­ws, and are con­si­de­red among several of the mo­st esta­bli­shed ma­nu­fac­tu­rers of col­lec­tor's items. They we­re the fir­st ma­sk ma­kers to em­bel­li­sh their ma­sks with de­co­ra­tions by Tie­po­lo. Open dai­ly 9am-6pm. www.ma­sca­rer.com. San Po­lo, 80 (Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 or 2, Rialto stop). T: 041 5223857 and San Po­lo, 2720 T: 041 5242887 (Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 or 2, San To­mà stop). Map E3

Ere­di Jo­von A ce­le­bra­ted Ve­ne­tian jewe­ler sin­ce 1934, and the ow­ner of one of the few re­mai­ning hi­sto­ri­cal shops on the Rialto brid­ge, Ere­di Jo­von is fa­mous for its hand-car­ved Ita­lian shell and blue aga­te ca­meos, set in sil­ver or gold, and avai­la­ble at fac­to­ry pri­ces or on spe­cial of­fer. The shop is al­so re­no­w­ned for its beau­ti­ful co­ral, Mu­ra­no glass and blac­ka­moor jewel­ry. Hi­gh qua­li­ty, su­pe­rior craf­tsman­ship and its wi­de as­sort­ment of ca­meos and cu­sto­mi­zed co­ral jewel­ry al­low Ere­di Jo­von to sa­ti­sfy the in­di­vi­dual ta­stes of even the mo­st di­scer­ning cu­sto­mers. WHE­RE TIP Ere­di Jo­von dai­ly craf­ts ful­ly hand­ma­de ca­meos, crea­ted upon re­que­st ba­sed on a pic­tu­re. All crea­tions can be or­de­red on­li­ne and ship­ped all around the world, thanks to an ef­fi­cient e-com­mer­ce ser­vi­ce. Open dai­ly 10am7.30pm. www.ere­di­jo­von.com. Pon­te di Rialto, 5325. T: 041 5228979 (Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 or 2, Rialto stop). Map F4

Pie­dà­ter­re Tuc­ked away un­der an ar­ca­de ju­st steps from the Rialto brid­ge is a ti­ny bou­ti­que with an asto­ni­shing se­lec­tion of hand­ma­de slip­pers, whe­re Ales­san­dra and Re­na­to ma­ke and sell co­lour­ful ‘fur­la­ne' (slip­pers), han­d­craf­ted with re­cy­cled bi­cy­cle-ty­re treads, ideal for fin­ding your foo­ting on a gon­do­la. Their crea­tions are avai­la­ble in co­lou­red vel­vet, bro­ca­de, prin­ted fa­brics or re­cy­cled shir­ting, pro­vi­ded by their cu­sto­mers. Hi­ghly ori­gi­nal and ab­so­lu­te­ly un­mis­sa­ble! Open dai­ly 10am-7.30pm. www.pie­da­ter­re-ve­ni­ce.com. San Po­lo, 60 (Ru­ga Rialto, So­to­por­te­go dei Ore­si). T: 041 5285513. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 (Rialto Mer­ca­to). Map E3

Tes­si­tu­ra Be­vi­lac­qua Ar­ti­sa­nal wea­vers spe­cia­li­zing in the pro­duc­tion of ex­qui­si­te, de­co­ra­ti­ve fa­brics for fur­ni­shings and cur­tains. A unique pla­ce! Sin­ce 1875, the com­pa­ny has prac­ti­ced the art of wea­ving on ori­gi­nal looms that on­ce be­lon­ged to the Ve­ne­tian School of

Silk. Open Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm (Sat-Sun by ap­point­ment). www.lui­gi-be­vi­lac­qua.com. San­ta Cro­ce 1320. T: 041 721566. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 (Ri­va de Bia­sio stop). Map E5

La Bot­te­ga dei Ma­sca­re­ri

Ere­di Jo­von

Tes­si­tu­ra Be­vi­lac­qua

Pie­dà­ter­re

Ere­di Jo­von's ca­meo

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