Shop 'til you drop
From high-end luxury boutiques to vibrant markets and craft stores, shopping in Italy has something for all tastes and desires. Italy is renowned for its high fashion and the Venetian Riviera is no exception. During the summer months, you can maximise your shopping experience as shops open early and remain open until late, allowing you to satisfy those shopaholic cravings for even longer. Venice has everything from designer clothing and jewellery, to beautiful Burano lace, textiles and stunning Murano glassware, hand-made on its islands. Want to know what to buy when you take a trip to Venice? Take a look at our shopper's guide.
MarketsItaly shopping encompasses its lively and colourful markets, and the Venetian Riviera is no exception. Wander around Jesolo Old Town Market, it opens every Friday and features Venetian gems including locally produced arts, crafts and antiques. Rialto Market has been happening for almost 1000 years and offers some of the best fruit, vegetables and fish in Venice. Mercatino delle Robe da Mar in Via Garibaldi is also a popular choice. Held in October during the Venetian marathon, visitors can find unique souvenirs from the stalls selling unusual antiques and bric-a-brac.
Arts and crafts, Lido di JesoloAway from the bargains of Jesolo Market, Via Bafile in Lido di Jesolo is a must when shopping in Italy representing a shopper's paradise. Stretching over 13km, it's Europe's largest pedestrianised shopping street featuring approximately 1200 stores. Choose from Italian-made gifts and crafts and the latest fashion clothing. If you are looking for designer clothes at superb prices, then head to the Veneto Designer Outlet in Noventa di Piave.
Leather goods, CannaregioItaly shopping includes exquisite hand-made leather goods including bags and shoes. Balducci Borse in Cannaregio is the ideal spot to purchase genuine Italian handbags made in their small studio for decades. There are also world-class shoes to be found, including those at Gabriele Gmeiner in Campiello del Sol where you can buy made to measure, hand-made dress shoes.
Masks and Glass, MuranoShopping in Italy on the Venetian Riviera will undoubtedly include its beautiful masks and stunning glass. Casin dei Nobili is the place to buy unique, hand-crafted masks with exquisite attention to detail. Make your way to Murano and take a workshop tour to see the finest glass-making in progress. Made from silica, it is world renowned as the purest, crystal-clear glass and visitors can witness glass-blowing transformed into stunning works of art.
Lace, BuranoVisit the colourful island of Burano, home to the finest Venetian lace. Visit the workshops and studios and see genuine lace making in progress, and visitors will also enjoy the Piazza Galupi lace museum for an inspiring insight into where it all started.
Designer Shopping, Le MercerieIf you are looking for designer clothing and are ready to splash the cash, then wander around Calla Larga XXII Marzo and Calle delle Mercurie just beyond St Mark's Square. There you will find Italian designer brands including Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada, in addition to Chanel, Swarovski and Louis Vuitton. There really is something for everyone when shopping in Italy.