San Marco 1

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Bondì, Bar­bie, are you ready to party? Start in Pi­azza San Marco, for­get the crowds for a mo­ment (hard, we know) and be daz­zled by the span­gly mo­saics of the Basil­ica (see Ac­tiv­i­ties). Now turn your back to it, in­side the arch­ways on the right is Quadri (see Lunch), with ri­val Caffè Flo­rian (see Coffee) on the left. Stay in the left ar­cade and am­ble away from the Basil­ica, duck­ing into Fon­dazione Bevilac­qua La Masa (see Ac­tiv­i­ties) at #71/c for artis­tic respite, then note the APT tourist info of­fice at #71/F. Shuf­fle on in the same di­rec­tion out of the Pi­azza and dive across into Calle Se­conda de l’as­cen­sion. On the right is lo­cal-turned-global shoeper­star René Caovilla at #1296 / 041 5238038; and next door is Baroque-goth bling at A. Codog­nato (see Jew­ellery). The next left will take you to Sete-cento (see Adv. Shop­ping) if you’ve made an appt., or the start of the San Marco 2 itin is straight ahead in Campo S. Moisé. But for now, re­trace to­wards A. Codog­nato and pivot left into the Frezze­ria. Gaze to the right for vel­vety Vene­tia at #1286 (see Adv. Shop.); then for heir­loom-wor­thy jew­ellery, steer left un­der the arch So­to­portego e Corte Con­ta­rina, spin right then left into So­to­portego e Ramo Se­condo Corte Con­ta­rina for Roberto Ver­gombello’s ate­lier at #1565/a (see Jew­ellery). Dou­ble back to the Frez­zaria and turn left to con­tinue. On your left, pop into Glo­ria As­tolfo at #1581 / 041 5206827 / beaded dé­col­letage and wrist candy; a few steps fur­ther on the right are an­tique Mu­rano pieces at #1179 At­tombri (see Jew­ellery) and per­fumer I Muschieri’s ol­fac­tory de­lights at #1177 / 041 5228940; on the left is nifty Os­te­ria Enoteca San Marco at #1610 / 041 5285242, and fur­ther on, peachy lin­gerie at #1645 Jade Mar­tine / 041 5212892 / stock­ing Lise Charmel and JM’S own-brand os­trich feather slip­pers, oooh. Exit left, and an­other left takes you to La Colomba (see Rest./ Smart) and Caffè Cen­trale (see Bars). Oth­er­wise, from Jade Mar­tine, strut straight on, fol­low the street left, and soon on the right is Araba Fenice at #1822 / 041 5220664 / Armani meets St. John (w). Exit left and turn left into Ramo dei Fuseri – just be­fore the bridge on the left is Pot-pourri at #1810 / 041 5221332 / el­e­gant and re­laxed w/wear and life­style, then cross the bridge into Calle dei Fuseri where at #4365 Daniela Ghezzo / 041 5222115 / awaits on the right. Push­ing on a few min­utes, you’ll come to busy Campo S. Luca – turn left and spin left into Rio Terà S. Pa­ter­nan, to see brill Godi Fiorenza at the very end (see Adv. Shop.). Now, re­trace to the Campo, cross di­ag­o­nally and turn left into Calle del Forno with Black Watch at #4594 / 041 5231945 / for dandies who love the clas­sic, tailored look alla Ki­ton and Lobb (m). Come out left and turn right into Calle dei Teatro to find Teatro Goldoni on the left and Venezia, le stampe on the right at #4606/b / 041 5234318 / with an­tique prints and re­pros of olde Città La­guna, along with cus­tom frames. Exit right and take the next right into Calle dei Fab­bri, to find Caffè Do­ria on the right, cnr of Calle S. Luca (see Coffee), for a thick hot (or cold) cioc­co­lata. Mmm… Bene, re­trace to Calle dei Teatro and tot­ter right. Al­most im­me­di­ately on the left is L’ot­tico Fab­bri­ca­tore at #4773 / 041 5225263 / ot­ti­co­fab­bri­ca­ / filled with plush scarves, leather bags and chic sun­nies.

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