For centuries, Venice was the epicenter of a mighty trading empire specializing in cultivating the world’s finest goods. It’s no surprise that the legacy lives on and flourishes today in a contemporary shopping culture obsessed with craftsmanship and detail. From boutiques presenting Italy’s most luxurious brands to family-owned shops passing artistry through generations, Venice offers one of the world’s most rewarding shopping experiences. Whether seeking contemporary fashions, original works of art, or unique trip mementos, treasure awaits in every neighborhood (sestiere).San Marco / Rialto
Home to Venice’s largest concentration of famed attractions and international retailers, the area around St. Mark’s Square is shopping paradise. Sure, it’s overcrowded and loaded with a shocking assortment of cheap souvenir shops, but locals and visitors in-the-know beeline past tourist traps to find true Venetian goods. Artisan retailers like Gioielleria Eredi Jovon keep old-world tradition and creativity alive while the new luxury department story T Fondaco Dei Tedeschi exhibits modern glamour on the doorstep of the Grand Canal.