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Ca' Macana

Calle delle Botteghe | Dorsoduro 3172, 30123 Venice, Italy (San Marco)
39 41 2776142
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Ranked #6 of 151 Shopping in Venice
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Shops, Factory Tours
Activities: Shopping
Description: 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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Sydney
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204 reviews 204 reviews
40 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Our young teen grandchildren spent about 1.5 hours at Ca' Macana, whilst happy grandparents had a relaxing drink or two in Campo San Barnaba which is just around the corner from the workshop. They didn't do a full workshop, so didn't get the history and background information. However, for Euro 42 each they got to choose their mask from a... More

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Rome, Italy
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This was by far the best mask shop we saw in our stay in Venice and we visited many of them. From the Medieval Doctor dressed in black and a protective mask at the front door through the two rooms of beautifully hand crafted masks, this shop offers a wonderful experience with the art of mask making. Despite how busy... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We visited a lot of mask shops in Venice and the ones in Ca' Macana I definitely liked best. They are beautiful, unique and handmade, maybe a little bit more expensive than others but they are worth it.

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Kountze, Texas
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77 reviews 77 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This excursion was part of our family tour with Globus Tours. Everyone in our tour group went to Ca'Macana to decorate carnival masks. After an informative lesson on the history of the masks, we each were given an opportunity to decorate our own. This was such a fun event with each person decorating with their own personalities. I would highly... More

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

My family (kids aged 11, 14, 18, 2 parents, grandmother) dropped into the shop yesterday. What a great experience! First we went to the main shop (close to where we were staying) and paid 37 euro each to paint one mask. FYI it's cash only. We were directed to the workshop, which was easy to find, and presented our receipt.... More

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Montreal, Canada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was the activity our 3 kids were most looking forward to on our recent trip to Italy. Vasco was helpful in helping with painting techniques and artistic details. But 3/10 masks were chipped within an hour and another was badly damaged during travel. At 74 Euro each, this is an expensive experience that provides very fragile mementos.

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Plano, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

My daughter did the one hour single mask class. The cost was 54 euros for one student. Was a bit expensive. This place is a lot like the "paint your own pottery places in the USA. The 3 locations offer a brochure in multiple language including English explaining what you get for your your money. Besides the mask she also... More

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Surrey
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My 10 and 7 year old boys loved spending a hour decorating their masks - much more fun than just buying one in the shops. The staff were really helpful and friendly. Not cheap at c.E45 each, but memorable. Would recommend. Nearby shop also worth a trip as they let you try on the masks.

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Hong Kong, China
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My two children aged 6 and 2.5 attended the mask decorating workshop. It was 2 hours in total they selected plain masks and then we're able to paint and decorate them. The cost for two children was €84 it was worth it.After spending a total of 10 days in Paris and Venice and doing lots of fun things my daughter... More

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This was a history lesson and art lesson rolled into one package. Nancy helped us through the decorating after explaining the role masks once played in Venice. The two hours were not enough for us to finish both of our masks, so we paid for an extra half hour, but still did not finish. However, we purchased more styles to... More

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