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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.­sca­ San Po­lo, 80. T: 041 5223857 and San Po­lo, 2720. T: 041 5242887.

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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 and ea­ch ma­sk is unique. Thanks to their ex­per­ti­se, they al­so hold con­fe­ren­ces and cour­ses on 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. ca­ma­ca­ Ma­sk­ma­king and Cour­ses: Dor­so­du­ro, 3215. Sho­w­rooms: Dor­so­du­ro, 3172 and Dor­so­du­ro 1169. T: 041 2776142. Va­po­ret­to li­ne 1 (Ca' Rez­zo­ni­co stop). Map D4

La Per­la Gal­le­ry The Bon fa­mi­ly in Bu­ra­no of­fers an as­sort­ment of on­ly the fi­ne­st hand­ma­de items in­clu­ding an­ti­que la­ce, hi­gh qua­li­ty ma­de-to-or­der ta­ble­clo­ths, fur­ni­shing ac­ces­so­ries, hou­se­hold li­nens, re­fi­ned silk for lin­ge­rie and clo­thing, chri­ste­ning go­wns and chil­dren's clo­thing (up to age 10), ex­clu­si­ve scar­ves in silk and cash­me­re and Ve­ne­tian ma­sks. Open dai­ly 9am-6pm. Via Ga­lup­pi, 287-376 (Bu­ra­no). T: 041 730009. Va­po­ret­to Li­ne 12 (Bu­ra­no stop). Off Map

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.ot­ti­ca­man­to­va­ San Mar­co, 4860 (Mer­ce­rie del Ca­pi­tel­lo). T: 041 5223427. Map F4

Ot­ti­ca Ma­nue­la

Lo­ca­ted in the di­strict of San Mar­co, this hi­ghend 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


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-be­vi­lac­ San­ta Cro­ce 1320. T: 041 721566. Map E5

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. the­mer­chan­to­f­ve­ni­ 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


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. 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 new ‘Ma­gni­fi­cent’ skin­ca­re li­ne by THE MER­CHANT OF VENICE con­tains pu­re 24 ca­rat mi­cro­ni­zed gold. The four pro­duc­ts in­clu­de a day cream, a night cream, an eye cream and a se­rum.

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