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Luisa Semenzato Antiquariato sells paintings, ceramics and 18th-century Venetian furniture. Luisa Semenzato Antiquariato is widely respected by Italian art dealers.
This Cartier shop is located in Campo San Zulian. Its opening was hotly contested by the few locals who live here as Cartier took the place of the local chemist. Apart from this, Cartier is everything that you would expect from such a prestigious shop.
Calzoleria La Parigina has a store which is located in Merceria San Zulian, between Campo San Salvador and Piazza San Marco. This was the best shoe shop in the city before the advent of single label shoe shops. Even now it still stocks a very good range of shoes, which few shops can rival. The makes available here include Saxon, Timberland, Dr Martens, Barrett, Church's, Clarks, Etro, Hogan, Tod's, Superga, Casadei and Lorenzo Banfi. They also sell excellent designer clothing.
This shop can be found halfway up the Spadaria, not far from Campo San Zulian. It sells the young Trussardi line and some casual wear, it also stocks Alviero Martini bags and suitcases. It is furnished in a way which suits the lines it is selling. The assistants are extremely helpful.
Pal Zileri - the menswear line from the Forall group - has opened its show room here. The selection is good, the sales assistants are very polite, and the décor is in keeping with the label's image.
This is the female clothing branch of Al Duca D'Aosta. It is located in Mercerie del Capitello, not far from the men's branch. It sells high quality clothes, including labels such as Donna Karan, Alberta Ferretti, Jil Sander, Polo by Ralph Lauren, and Rebecca Moses. The customer service is excellent, the sales assistants offer very good advice.
This shop is located behind Piazzetta dei Leoncini, in Calle Large San Marco. It sells products for both men and women, and offers many quality marks including Ferrè, Versace, La Matta, Samsonite, Malo, and Allegri. The service is excellent.
A trip to Venice is incomplete without mask shopping, this city is known for its shops that sell different masks. Il Canovaccio is one such place that features exquisitely hand-made masks that will surely leave you awe struck. Delicate designs, bold colors, intricate patterns, take your pick as the staff takes you through hand-painted masks of different varieties. For more details, check website.
The publishing house and bookshop, Libreria Filippi, lies on Casselleria in the Castello district. A mainstay for many, many years, this charming, old bookstore is a haven for bibliophiles from all over the world. The family run shop, which is now operated by the third generation of its founding family, stocks a very good range of books on Venice and the Venetian culture - whether it's you're interested in history, architecture, art, costumes, theater or music - you'll find a plethora of informative books and magazines here. There are several hard-to-find, out-of-print books on offer too, along with an interesting collection of photo archives and various other ephemera.
This shop is a short walk from Ponte del Lovo. It is not on the same side as the Goldoni theatre but on the other side, just before the cake shop. It is a boutique on two floors, which provides a representative selection of the label's collection. The sales assistants are very attentive, without being suffocating.
This jeweler opened in the mid-19th Century and over the years has become an institution in Venice, close to the Rialto Bridge. It's the place to buy Rolex and diamonds, and the customer service is excellent.
In the middle of the piazza, beneath the Procuratie Vecchie, stands a shop whose name is synonymous in Venice with jewelry. Amongst the labels represented are Bvlgari, Corum, Jaeger le Coultre, and Patek Philippe. The customer service is excellent.