It may be famous for Murano glass, but there are a lot more skilled craftsmen and designers in the former Venetian Republic and the city offers a wealth of interesting shopping choices.
If you are looking for something a bit different here are the best shops in Venice for...
The Venetian womenswear design duo of Silvano Arnoldo and Massimiliano Battois are primarily known for their luxuriously soft and beautifully made leather handbags. The bags are relatively large in size and brightly coloured, perfect for taking a bit of Venice’s bright colours home with you.
Arnoldo][Battois, Calle dei Fuseri 4271, San Marco, 30124 Venice, Tel +39 348 897 8084, www.arnoldoebattois.com
Piedàterre beside the Rialto bridge sells traditional gondolier’s furlane (velvet shoes) that are updated with modern materials. Not only are they quintessentially Venetian but they also double as rather attractive slippers.
San Polo, 60, Rialto, Venice, Tel. +39 041 528 5513, www.piedaterre-venice.com
...masks: Ca' Macana
Ca' Macana is one of the most respected of its kind in Venice that uses age-old Venetian papier-mâché techniques to make a huge variety of masks and also offer mask making courses. Even if you’re not looking for a mask this beautiful emporium is a fascinating place to browse.
Ca' Macana, Dorsoduro 3172, 30123, Venice, Tel. +39 041 520 3229, www.camacana.com
Burano in the Venetian lagoon is famous for its lace and this upscale boutique on the island is the place to get beautifully handmade linen, lampshades and clothes with a modern twist.
Emilia: Calle San Mauro 303, Venice, Tel. +39 041 735 299, emiliaburano.it
There’s a lot of places to buy glasses in Venice, but for me Carlo Moretti 'Bora' vibrantly decorated glasses beat the competitors hands down.
Calle de le Botteghe 2970, off Campo Santo Stefano, San Marco, 30124 Venice. Tel: +39 041 523 1973, www.lisola.com