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Ca' Ma­ca­na

One of the ol­de­st and fi­ne­st ma­sk ma­king work­shops in Ve­ni­ce for Car­ni­val, thea­tre, film pro­duc­tion and par­ties. Ca' Ma­ca­na craf­ts authentic hand­ma­de ma­sks in the sa­me way that Ve­ne­tian ar­ti­sans did 800 years ago, ne­ver re­pea­ting a de­co­ra­tion in or­der to en­su­re that ea­ch ma­sk is unique. Thanks to their ex­per­ti­se, they al­so hold con­fe­ren­ces and cour­ses on the hi­sto­ry of Ve­ne­tian ma­sks and tra­di­tio­nal ma­sk-ma­king tech­ni­ques. Their ma­sks we­re fea­tu­red in im­por­tant film pro­duc­tions in­clu­ding “Eyes Wi­de Shut” by Stan­ley Ku­brick and in ope­ras in­clu­ding tho­se sta­ged by the Vien­na Ope­ra Hou­se. Open dai­ly 10am-7.30pm. www.ca­ma­ca­na.com. Ma­sk­ma­king and Cour­ses: Dor­so­du­ro, 3215. Sho­w­rooms: Dor­so­du­ro, 3172 and Dor­so­du­ro 1169. T: 041 2776142. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 (Ca' Rez­zo­ni­co stop). Map D4

The Merchant of Ve­ni­ce

The pre­sti­gious stand-alo­ne bou­ti­que of this brand whi­ch re­pre­sen­ts the ‘Art of Per­fu­me­ry in Ve­ni­ce' is hou­sed in the for­mer, mid-17th cen­tu­ry apo­the­ca­ry of San Fan­tin, lo­ca­ted ju­st steps from La Fe­ni­ce Ope­ra Hou­se. Its neo-Go­thic dé­cor and or­na­men­ta­tion in wal­nut, wood and ter­ra­cot­ta, re­flect the ty­pi­cal sty­le of an­cient Ve­ne­tian ‘pa­laz­zi'. The Merchant of Ve­ni­ce is not on­ly a li­ne of pro­duc­ts but a wi­der pro­ject whi­ch in­clu­des a con­cept sto­re in Mu­ra­no, the Palazzo Mo­ce­ni­go Museum in San­ta Cro­ce, the Spi­ce shop in Er­co­le d'Oro (Can­na­re­gio) and the World of Ve­ni­ce spa­ce at the Mar­co Po­lo Air­port. www.the­mer­chan­to­f­ve­ni­ce.com. Open Tues-Sun 10.30am-7.30pm. San Mar­co, 1895 (Cam­po San Fan­tin). T: 041 2960559. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 (San Mar­co-Val­la­res­so stop). Map F4

Ve­ni­ni

An ar­ti­stic spa­ce, whe­re you re­di­sco­ver all the ele­gan­ce and so­phi­sti­ca­tion of the ex­qui­si­te crea­tions han­d­craf­ted by Ma­ster glass­ma­kers from Mu­ra­no. A pri­me lo­ca­tion for pas­sio­na­te col­lec­tors, or tho­se who­se want to fur­ther their kno­w­led­ge about an en­ti­re­ly Ita­lian art, Ve­ne­tian glass crea­tions, me­ti­cu­lou­sly han­d­craf­ted by Ma­ster craf­tsmen. Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm. www.ve­ni­ni.com. San Mar­co, 314. T: 041 5224045. Other lo­ca­tion: Fon­da­men­ta Ve­trai, 47 (Mu­ra­no). T: 041 2737204. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 2 (Rialto or San Mar­co stops). Map F4

The Oy­ster Per­pe­tual Ya­cht-Ma­ster 37, in steel and Eve­ro­se gold, sym­bo­li­zes the pri­vi­le­ged ties bet­ween RO­LEX and the world of sai­ling that stret­ch back to the 1950s.

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