SHOPPING IN VENICE

In October, during the first three Saturday, there will be the three Family Runs, uncompetitive events for students and run lovers in San Dona, Riviera del Brenta and Mestre.
Then, on 22 October there will be again Venicemarathon with its two race courses of 42 km and 10km.
Whatever race you will choose, Venice will be ready to welcome you to transform a sporting trip into a special and amazing weekend.
In Laguna, you know, everything is special, even shopping which after a marathon (but also only 10km) we are sure you will richly deserved.
You will be spoilt for choice: from the traditional souvenir shops to the most famous luxury brands boutiques. You will find many special proposals, such as the Art&Crafts products, which will be truly unique souvenir from your visit in Venice. Among historical and ancient craft workshops, each purchase will be an opportunity to become closer to the history and culture of this remarkable city.

The art of glass
One of the most famous craftsmanship of the lagoon is the one of the glass, also because it is deeply rooted in the history of the city.
Both the materials and the most special techniques of glass making came to Venice thanks to the trades with the East before the 1000 A.C.
Even today the city boasts a rich glass manufacturing activities, including the producing of Venetian beads, a centuries-old tradition. Despite multiple attempts to fake reproductions, you can still find authentic specimens which could be a perfect gift.

The textile crafts
The textile crafts in Venice dates back to the thirteenth century, with a particular preference for the production of silk, cotton, important from the East, and wool. Famous are velvets, damasks, brocades, tapestries, carpets and fabrics with gold and silver threads. Real works of art.
Today, weaving crafts is not as widespread, but it is worth going in search of some laboratory. In the historic center of fun to flush out the shops of artisans, you are enchanted by lace, silk shawls, velvet shoes and hats.
Shoes and bags
If you are looking for an artisan product and not for simple fashion object, in Venice you will have many chances. Shoes and bags, made of high quality leather, are among the most appreciated products of the lagoon’s handicraft. Among the uncommon there are the “Furlane”, typical slippers made of velvet and used by gondoliers.

Masks
In the native land of Carnival, you could not miss the masks. You can find them everywhere in the stands, but if you don’t want just a souvenir, you can go and look for small shops in which you can still find Venetian artisan masks, real handmade art.

Blown glass
Even this is an ancient Venetian tradition. Do not go back home without seeing a glassmaker at work, without seeing those wonderful creations: jewellery, candle holders, stem glasses, chandeliers. The best thing you can do is organising a trip to Burano and Murano but, if you can’t, you can find small artisan shops selling their products also in St. Mark’s Square.

Venice at four eyes
At the end of the XIII Century the Venetians invented the first glasses. Very good artisans still product them with different materials and shapes, sun glasses and high sight glasses. How could you resist?
The mirror of the witches
Another particular Venetian production is the mirror of the witches, have you ever heard about it? They are convex mirrors, famous for being capable of reflecting a really wide point of view. A fascinating object rich in mystery, that you have to find out!

Gondolier caps
Far more than a simple souvenir. There are not many artisans producing the famous lagoon gondolier caps in Venice, from the classical cap made of stranded straw, adorned with a red tape at “bareto”, to the uncommon and original models; but if you are able to find one you will discover a real world!

The textile crafts
The textile crafts in Venice dates back to the thirteenth century, with a particular preference for the production of silk, cotton, important from the East, and wool. Famous are velvets, damasks, brocades, tapestries, carpets and fabrics with gold and silver threads. Real works of art.
Today, weaving crafts is not as widespread, but it is worth going in search of some laboratory. In the historic center of fun to flush out the shops of artisans, you are enchanted by lace, silk shawls, velvet shoes and hats.