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Ca' Macana

#4 of 210 Shopping in Venice
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Address: Calle delle Botteghe | Dorsoduro 3172, 30123 Venice, Italy
Phone Number: 39 41 2776142
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10:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Activities: Shopping
Description: Buy your mask for the next Venetian festival at this shop, which...
Buy your mask for the next Venetian festival at this shop, which specializes in the traditional Commedia dell'arte, as well as Venetian styles.
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Mask Maker in Venice, Italy

I met Mario Belloni the owner of Ca'Macana masks at his store and workshop. Interesting person and wonderful artist working in traditional Venetian mask making. Shop has lots of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Washington DC, District of Columbia

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I met Mario Belloni the owner of Ca'Macana masks at his store and workshop. Interesting person and wonderful artist working in traditional Venetian mask making. Shop has lots of different masks and workshop offers class to paint your own mask. Great place to visit while traveling to Venice. Here is the link to video I shot about Mario's work -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We had looked this shop up and found it on the map, but we still got lost trying to find it! However it was worth the exploration as it was the most beautiful mask shop we had seen and resulted in us purchasing a traditional, signed Venetian mask to adorn our living room as a newly married couple!

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Lake Worth, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

What is better than just buying your masks...painting your own masks in Venice in the same workshop where the professionals make the masks. Our 3 daughters ages 13, 16 and 18 had a wonderful experience painting their own masks. The staff are very friendly and helpful. When I emailed this company, they responded with details and pricing immediately. They were... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

There are so many mask shops in Venice, it is often difficult to distinguish between them and figure out which masks are better quality than others. Our advice was that the paper mache ones were higher quality, but to be honest the resin/plastic ones made in Italy were also very good quality and you cannot really tell the difference until... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We came here purely on recommendations on TripAdvisor. Sure, it's nice thing for kids during boring walks on the streets of Venice but it's also at the same time overrated and overpriced. Basically it's just basic painting of the paper mask. You can do the same at any workshop at home. Nice memory for kid but nothing extraordinary. The teaching... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We did the two hour class which included a brief history of carnivale and how they make the masks. This was a great history lesson for my two teenagers. We could each choose two masks from the many types they had and were shown how to apply the paints to get the desired effect. Two hours flew by and we... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

While there are other Ca' Macana shops in Venice - this location is where you can also book in for a session and make your own. The variety and quality is the best in Venice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Our kids (age 9 and 14, boy and girl) really enjoyed their time at Ca Macana. We read about this activity in advance and stopped by to do the 1 hour workshop (they do not take reservations for the shorter, less expensive workshop). It is a bit pricey at 42E each child, to make one mask, but for an hour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Ca'Macana was a lot of fun. They explain well what you are supposed to do, but let you do it all by yourself: except for a few touches. It was interesting to learn how just a few ordinary materials can transform into such a beautiful mask. You also get a nice book explaining about the history of masks in Venice.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Bought a mask here some years back and wanted another. They are made here, not brought in from China. Authentic Carnivale masks. They packed it well for me so it arrived safely to North America. Nice selection and a great souvenir.

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Staying in Dorsoduro / Accademia

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Dorsoduro / Accademia
Artsy is the defining mood of this neighborhood with street artists, students, painters, sculptors, restorers, curators, historians, collectors, heirs and heiresses rubbing elbows. Peggy Guggenheim's collection, now a museum, lures chic locals for evening art aperitifs. Traditionalists and visionaries cocoon in bohemian luxury. La Salute basilica buttresses the neighborhood to the east. Gondolas bob in the morning light. The Accademia Bridge crosses the Grand Canal. A back street doubles as basketball court. Palaces house residents, or like Ca' Foscari a university, or a museum like Ca’ Rezzonico that attracts Venetians for concerts. Dorsoduro reveals its industrial roots too, in buildings converted to house university departments or exhibitions. Campo Santa Margherita bursts with youthful energy from local students. Foot traffic bustles to and from Piazzale Roma and Santa Lucia train station. Evening commuters pause for an aperitivo. Neighbors exchange confidants in a campo (square) on their way to market.