Calle delle Botteghe, Dorsoduro 3172
Buy one of Venice’s famous papier-mâché masks at this shop, which carries the full Carnival range and much more besides. You can watch the mask-makers in action or even attend a course in making or painting your own.
Piazza S Marco 69, S Marco
Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and Elton John have all happily spent time (and more) in this plush boutique of glittering marvels. Three generations of craftsmen have thrilled those who can afford it with breathtaking pieces, such as their blackamoor brooch in ruby and gold or diamond and platinum.
Campiello della Comare, S Croce 1320
Shimmering velvets, silks and damasks are fashioned into wonderful bags, clothes and shoes. The Bevilacqua family has been weaving precious fabrics by hand since the 1700s and you can see the ancient looms they continue to use today (see also Bevilacqua).
Piazzetta Leoncini, S Marco 314
Don’t expect Venetian glass animals here, rather innovative platters and vases of great simplicity and style. Since its 1921 beginnings, Venini’s award-winning design team has included top names Carlo Scarpa and Gae Aulenti.
Sottoportico degli Orefici, S Polo 65
Beautifully crafted bead jewellery is made on the premises by brothers Stefano and Daniele. Pieces range from delicate earrings to in-your-face flamboyant necklaces.
Salizzada S Giovanni Crisostomo, Cannaregio 5778
Jet-black tagliatelle ribbons coloured with cuttlefish ink are just one option out of more than 40 imaginative pasta shapes that can be found on sale at Rizzo. Mouthwatering handmade chocolates and multicoloured Carnival masks also make marvellous souvenirs to take home.
Calle del Fontego dei Tedeschi, Rialto Bridge, 30124
Originally used as a warehouse and lodgings for German traders, this old building has now been completely refurbished as a popular luxury department store. The lovely rooftop terrace is known for its stunning views.
Ca’ Pisani Rubelli, S. Marco, 3393
Venice’s past contact with the Orient is conjured up by the sumptuous handmade furnishings in this showroom. A blend of computer technology and traditional techniques is used for the brocades, damasks and silks.
This shop contains exquisite photo albums and address books in rainbow-coloured marbled paper and leather. All at reasonable prices, they are made by one of the original craftsmen in Venice.
The meticulously hand-crafted and hand-painted wooden items on display in this corner store (see Signor Blum), make for original presents and souvenirs. The range includes pictures of the city’s landmark buildings and portraits of outstanding musicians as fridge magnets.
Impress your guests back home with a genuine Murano chandelier or perhaps a millefiori paperweight.
For something authentically Italian but intrinsically Venetian, try extra virgin olive oil flavoured with chilli peppers, bottled red chicory paste or pasta in the shape of gondolas and masks.
The essential guaranteed souvenir of Venice, sold at the ubiquitous street stalls.
A mind-boggling array of masks, traditionally made for Carnival in papier-mâché, ceramic and even leather.
Swirls of pastel hues can be used for covering books or simply as elegant wrapping paper for gifts.
All manner of beads, from frosted glass to ceramic or the traditional, colourful murrhine mosaic-style, can be found.
Take advantage of lower prices and taxes by stocking up on locally produced wines.
Lace is the most Venetian of materials, but attractive linens and velvets are also good value.
Photo frames, letter openers and teaspoons make lovely gifts for friends.
All the top fashion names can be found in Venice.