UNI­QUE IN VE­NI­CE

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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.

T: 041 5223857 and San Po­lo, 2720. T: 041 5242887.

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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 On re­que­st, Ere­di

Jo­von crea­tes cu­sto­mi­zed por­trait ca­meos ba­sed on pho­tos or di­gi­tal fi­les. Thanks to an ef­fi­cient e-com­mer­ce ser­vi­ce, all crea­tions can be or­de­red on­li­ne and ship­ped world­wi­de. Open dai­ly 10am7.30pm. www.ere­di­jo­von.com. Pon­te di Rialto, 5325. T: 041 5228979 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.

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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. Map E5

Ot­ti­ca Man­to­va­ni Sun and pre­scrip­tion glas­ses, the mo­st tech­no­lo­gi­cal­ly ad­van­ced len­ses and the mo­st com­for­ta­ble, fa­shio­na­ble fra­mes. Ma­na­ged by the Car­lon fa­mi­ly sin­ce the ‘40s, it is now run by the third ge­ne­ra­tion of op­ti­cians: a re­fe­ren­ce point for lo­cals re­qui­ring ei­ther pre­scrip­tion eyewear or sun­glas­ses. In fact, one of the Man­to­va­ni's mo­st fa­mous cu­sto­mers was Peggy Guggenheim.

Open Mon-Sat 9.30am-7.30pm; Sun 10am-7pm. www.ot­ti­ca­man­to­va­ni.it. San Mar­co, 4860 (Mer­ce­rie del Ca­pi­tel­lo). T: 041 5223427. Map F4

Nicolao Ate­lier An ar­ti­sa­nal tai­lor's shop that ma­kes Ve­ne­tian-sty­le pe­riod co­stu­mes for mo­vies, plays, com­mer­cials and Car­ni­val par­ties. Mo­re than 10,000 se­ts of un­der­wear, accessories, head­gear and ca­pes, all ex­hi­bi­ted in an ele­gant pre­mi­ses in the cen­tre of Ve­ni­ce that com­pri­se a work­shop, a sho­w­room and the en­ti­re co­stu­me col­lec­tion. Open Mon-Fri 9am-1pm/2pm-6pm. On­ly Sat 3-10 Fe­brua­ry and Sun 4-11 Fe­brua­ry open 9am-1pm/2pm-6pm. www.nicolao.com. Can­na­re­gio, 2590 (Fon­da­men­ta del­la Mi­se­ri­cor­dia). T: 041 5207051. Map E2

Ot­ti­ca Ma­nue­la Lo­ca­ted in the di­strict of San Mar­co, this hi­gh-end op­ti­cian re­sem­bles an ate­lier ra­ther than a shop. Re­no­w­ned for its pro­fes­sio­na­li­sm and at­ten­ti­ve ser­vi­ce, it of­fers crea­tions that are real works of art. Its fra­mes for pre­scrip­tion len­ses or sun­glas­ses ma­ke Ot­ti­ca Ma­nue­la's ico­nic eyewear real sta­te­ment pie­ces that add a uni­que tou­ch to eve­ry fa­ce.

Open dai­ly 10am-7pm. San Mar­co, 3145 (Sa­li­za­da San Sa­mue­le). T: 041 5210268 Map E4

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. Open Tues-Sun 10.30am-7.30pm.

La Bot­te­ga dei Ma­sca­re­ri

Ere­di Jo­von

Ere­di Jo­von's ca­meo

Ot­ti­ca Ma­nue­la

Tes­si­tu­ra Be­vi­lac­qua

Nicolao Ate­lier

Ot­ti­ca Man­to­va­ni

The Mer­chant of Ve­ni­ce Mu­ra­no Ex­clu­si­ve Col­lec­tion

Pie­dà­ter­re

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