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Shopping

The narrow streets of Venice are lined with beautifully arranged windows that cannot fail to tempt shoppers. The city has the additional bonus of being completely pedestrianized.

Few cities of similar size have such a wide variety of goods to browse through as you explore the fascinating and diverse neighbourhoods. There is still a strong artisan tradition in Venice, and alongside glass and lace you will find high-quality fashion and leather goods, antiques and jewelry. Beware, though, of foreign imitations!

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When to Shop

When to Shop
When to Shop Generally, shops open around 9:00 or 9:30 am and close for lunch at 12:30 pm or 1:00 pm, except food shops and markets, which are in business from 8:00 am. In the afternoon, stores are open from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm in winter, and 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm in summer. In Venice, many stores that targets tourists, are open all day even on Sundays. The best time for finding bargains..
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Where to Shop

Where to Shop
Where to Shop The glittering Mercerie, which runs from Piazza San Marco to the Rialto, has been the main shopping street since the Middle Ages. Together with Calle dei Fabbri, which parallels the Mercerie, it is still a honey-pot for the crowds. West of San Marco, the Frezzeria is full of interesting and quirky shops. The main route from the Piazza to the Accademia Bridge is lined with sp...
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How to Pay

How to Pay
How to Pay Major credit cards are usually accepted in the main stores for larger purchases, but cash is preferred for small items and smaller shops prefer cash. Traveller’s checks are also accepted, though the rate that you will get is less favourable than at a bank. By law, shopkeepers must give a receipt, which you should keep. If a purchased item is defective, most shops will change ...
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VAT Exemption

VAT Exemption
VAT Exemption Visitors from non-European Union countries can reclaim the 19% sales tax on goods exceeding €160 bought from the same shop. Ask for an invoice when you buy the goods, and inform the shop that you intend to reclaim the tax. The invoice must be stamped at customs as you leave Italy. The shop will reimburse the tax in euros once they have received the stamped invoice.
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Fashion and Accessories

Fashion and Accessories
Fashion and Accessories In Venice, the big names in fashion are all found near San Marco. Armani, Missoni and Valentino all have stylish shops just off the Piazza. For innovative and outrageous designs visit Fiorella in Campo Santo Stefano. The stalls at the foot of the Ponte delle Guglie on Strada Nuova sell a range of good value leather shoes, and a wide variety of traditional...
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Fabrics and Interior Design

Fabrics and Interior Design
Fabrics and Interior Design Venice has long been famed for beautiful brocades, fine silks and velvets. Trois sells silks by the meter, including the gossamer-fine pleated silks invented by Fortuny for his Delphos dresses, while Valli has wonderful designer silks and other fabrics in its shop in the Mercerie. The famous house of Rubelli has a shop on Campo San Gallo. Here you will find a ...
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Masks and Costumes

Masks and Costumes
Masks and Costumes You can buy cheap, mass-produced masks all over the city, but a genuine one is a good souvenir, and you are spoiled for choice. Laboratorio Artigiano Maschere in Castello, revived traditional mask-making and their designs are stunning. Near Campo San Polo, Tradicomica sells costumes and masks, as well as Commedia dell’arte figures. You will find these at Leon d’Oro o...
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Glass

Glass
Glass The best place to buy glass is on the island of Murano, where it has been made since the 13th century. All the main manufacturers have their furnaces and showrooms here, catering to mainstream taste. Some manufacturers also have showrooms in Venice itself. On Murano, Seguso and Barovier e Toso make glass to traditional designs with good simple lines. You will find similarly attracti...
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Jewelry

Jewelry
Jewelry Venice’s smartest jewellers are Missiaglia and Nardi, both in the arcades of Piazza San Marco. Shops on the Rialto Bridge sell cheaper designs, and this is a good place to find bracelets and chains, whose price is determined by the weight of the gold. All around town, several small goldsmith laboratories are scattered, where you can have your own jewellery designed and made. ...
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Books and Gifts

Books and Gifts
Books and Gifts The best general bookshop in Venice is Goldoni, which also sells maps. Filippi Editori Venezia stocks editions of old books and books on Venice. Fantoni is a specialist art bookshop, while English books are sold at Cafoscarina 2, Libreria Serenissima and Libreria Emiliana. Handmade marbled and dragged paper is typically Venetian. It is used as book covers or made up into w...
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Markets and Food Shops

Markets and Food Shops
Markets and Food Shops One of the delights of Venice is a morning spent exploring the food markets and shops around the Rialto. Fruit and vegetable stalls sprawl to the west of the bridge. The Pescheria, or fish market, lies right beside the Grand Canal. The neighbouring streets are full of unusual and excellent food shops. Olive oil, vinegar and dried pasta, which comes in many colours,...
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Rialto Market and the Pescheria

Rialto Market and the Pescheria
Rialto Market and the Pescheria (Fish Market) The Rialto markets have been in operation for centuries. The Pescheria sells fresh fish and seafood, while the Erberia sells fruit and vegetables. Venetians have come to these markets to buy fresh produce for hundreds of years. Heavily-laden barges arrive at dawn and offload their crates onto the quayside of the Grand Canal. Local produce includes...
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