Shopping in Venice

Just like any other important city in Italy, Venice is the shopaholics’ paradise. From fine clothes and shoes, to furniture of exquisite taste, jewels, antiques or home accessories, shopping in Venice means everything you have ever dreamed of. While taking a relaxing walk through the small streets of this mesmerizing labyrinth you will pass by and enjoy one of the most famous shops in the world. Just put on some comfortable shoes and seize every moment because shopping in Venice is a journey in itself.

 

When to shop

By christine zenino

Though it mind sounds stupid to you, pay much attention to when you choose to start shopping in Italy because the schedule is quite different from what you might expect.  For example on Monday the majority of shops are closed and on Sunday you cannot even think about buying something.

In Venice you will find shops opened from 15:30 to 19:30 on Monday, whereas during the rest of the week you can do your shopping from 9:30 or 10 to 19:00 or 19:30, with 3 hours break at noon from 13:00 to 15:00.

Where to shop

By christine zenino

The heart of this shopping paradise is definitely Piazza San Marco. Every street going from and to Piazza San Marco has been the main shopping point for hundreds of years and things have remained the same with the passage of time. Also Rialto is perfect for buying souvenirs and gifts for your dear ones, whereas from Piazza to Accademia Bridge you will come across a wide variety of merchandise.

If you are on a low budget then the narrow streets of Rialto and San Polo, in the vicinity of the Gran Canal are what you are looking for. Keep in mind that the merchandise right at Venice entrance, after the train station are a little exaggerated as tourists tend to buy immediately from there as it is more comfortable. Just be patient and you won’t regret it.

What to buy

By d'n'c

From Armani to Laura Biagiotti, Gucci and Prada, Valentino and Versace, Ferrari and MaxMara, you will me mesmerized by the charm of these amazing shops, all near Piazza San Marco. Venice is also famous for its silk and beautiful velvets. Just find Color Casa in San Polo and you will be impressed with the wonderful and reasonably priced such textiles.

Everyone knows about the Venice glassware, the popular Murano glass with a tradition of over 700 years. Murano is actually an island in the vicinity of Venice, hosting large amazing showrooms displaying glass at its best.

Venice is always full of surprises. Just take your wallet and a boat and make your dream come true.

 

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