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Venice, Italy

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Venice Shopping

Venice boasts some of Italy’s greatest shopping and though prices can be higher than average in this city, the goods are of very good quality. It’s impossible not to find something perfect for every person on your shopping list –most importantly yourself!

Shopping in Venice is an experience in itself. Whether you are seeking out something specific or you’re just there for the experience, you will certainly enjoy yourself. Venice is home to some of the world’s best antique shops, beautiful and vibrant outdoor markets, and cozy old-world bookshops. The Mercerie is the road that starts at St. Mark’s Square and leads to the Rialto Bridge. Along the way, leading up to the market, you will find everything from high-end boutiques to small souvenir stalls.

Venice is also known for its glass and lace handiworks and you’ll be sure to spot these things all across the city. Both make for excellent gifts and mementos! Try some of the below listed places to get the most out of shopping in Venice.

Tip: The currency used in Venice (as throughout Italy) is the Euro. You will find many banks where you can access ATM machines as well as exchange money or travelers checks. This is a very tourist-friendly city.


A Taste of the Old-World at Mercatino dell’Antiquariato (Antiques Fair)

When shopping in Venice, how can you resist falling back into a different era by shopping for some of the most exquisite antiques in the entire world? Shopping at the Mercatino dell’Antiquariato is literally an experience out of a fairy tale. Here you’ll find something within everyone’s budget and you’ll return home with one-of-a-kind gifts that your friends and family will surely cherish. Keep in mind that in order to experience it for yourself you’ll have to plan your trip accordingly as the fair takes place only three times a year.


High-End Shopping in Venice

If you’re looking for high-end fashion, Calle Larga XXII Marzo is the boulevard for you. Starting off also at St. Mark’s Square and heading west, you’ll come across all the top brands and upscale gift boutiques. This street is also highly recommended for just strolling and enjoying the beautiful displays and posh atmosphere, even if it’s a bit outside your budget.


The Market of Rialto

Situated in one of the most ancient sections of the city, this sprawling market was historically any travelers first stop after stepping foot on land. The market was then arranged in a hierarchical fashion that gave better positions to merchants dealing with more coveted products.

The market opens at 4:00 a.m. daily with the exception of Sundays. Here you can stock up on fruits and vegetables if you are planning a picnic, and even if you’re not in the market for produce, you’ll enjoy the beautiful assorted arrays of rows and rows of locally grown fruits and vegetables. Don’t forget that you are shopping in Venice! So, make sure to stop at some of the local food vendors and taste some of the local delicacies for tasty energy boost.
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