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Home of the Mask Artisans - the best shop in town!

Me and my girlfriend were incredibly impressed by the owner and his wife’s outstanding mask... read more

Reviewed October 27, 2018
527talibj
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Dedicated artists

There are many mask shops, but this is the one to stop at. Their craftsmanship and dedication to... read more

Reviewed September 3, 2018
Katharine B
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A spirit of play prevails in "The Artist of the Barbarian." Erika and Giancarlo share colorful stories of each mask's meaning while encouraging you to try different styles or make your own.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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Barbaria de Le Ole Castello 6360/A | Castello, 30122 Venice, Italy
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Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

Me and my girlfriend were incredibly impressed by the owner and his wife’s outstanding mask designs. The masks are a testament to their hard work, their love of the art and their dedication to making unique, authentic masks which left us in awe. We picked...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 527talibj
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

There are many mask shops, but this is the one to stop at. Their craftsmanship and dedication to their art are unmatched. Prices are very reasonable as well. We purchased a Cassanova mask and a ceramic box. Perfect momento from our first visit to Venice.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Katharine B
giancarlove, Proprietario at L'artista della barbaria, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2018
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Grazie mille siamo sempre a vostra disposizione

Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

So like everything in the world, globalisation changes the way we consume things. Venice bring the capital of culture and it's colourful array of Venetian masks, creates a market where nearly every second shop sells them at different price points. The thing is that most...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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giancarlove, Proprietario at L'artista della barbaria, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2018
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Grazie mille ,restiamo sempre a sua disposizione

Reviewed August 25, 2018

I bought a mask to my grandchild for christmas here after some people at my hotel speak about this little shop. I guess I did a good deal it was not expensive so I hope the little girl in north will like it when she...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Baross
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

After getting a passionate and very interesting story behind the masks and it’s historic and traditional use, it was clear that we wanted to buy our handmade masks from Giancarlo and Erica. This lovely couple are proud of their handcrafted masks and in addition took...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 591kjetilg
giancarlove, Direttore at L'artista della barbaria, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2018
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Fantastici vi aspettiamo a braccia aperte,grazie mille

Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

Great shop with outstanding customer service. They are super friendly, take the time to explain all the masks and customize based on your design. This is the places to buy masks,

Date of experience: April 2018
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giancarlove, Proprietario at L'artista della barbaria, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2018
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Grazie molte restiamo a vostra disposizione in ogni momento...saluti da Venezia

Reviewed March 27, 2018 via mobile

There are many places selling authentic and imitation Venetian masks. This is the real thing and a great pleasure to visit. John Carlo and his wife make the masks in the shop. We spent an hour going through the process of making a mask with...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank MarkUSAretired
giancarlove, Proprietario at L'artista della barbaria, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2018
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Amazing....thank you vi aspettiamo la prossima volta

Reviewed November 25, 2017

After looking at pictures on TripAdvisor of several mask stores I knew I wanted the large mask L'artista makes. I really love the colors red/orange and saw that they would custom make a mask if you didn't see the one you want. That color scheme...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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giancarlove, Proprietario at L'artista della barbaria, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2017
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Grazie mille

Reviewed October 27, 2017 via mobile

The artisans in this shop could not be nicer, and were wonderful with our eleven year old daughter. They finished their hand-made mask exactly to her wishes, and even packed it expertly for the journey home. There are many shops making masks in Venice, but...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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giancarlove, Proprietario at L'artista della barbaria, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2017
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Grazie e un piacere

Reviewed September 11, 2017

On a recent trip to Venice I went searching for a paper mache mask. There are plenty of masks to be bought at St. Mark's Square and at kiosks throughout the city, but I wanted something authentic, something made by a Venetian who knew the...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Castello is the largest of the six sestieri
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Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated
within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over
one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime
neighborhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side
streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals
criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a
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