“Detourism: La newsletter di Venezia”, the official Town of Venice Tourism Office Newsletter, takes us to discover the artisan workshops of the historical centre! Enjoy your reading!
An unknown Venice of artisan workshops.
Venice, in addition to being a city of art, has always been a city of artisan excellence and creative talent. For more than 1,000 years the hands of masterful Venetian craftsmen have been creating precious and refined objects: mosaics, glassware, lace, fabrics, jewellery and perfumes. Even today, Venice is brimming with ancient know-how that cannot be found elsewhere in the world. Innovative boutiques and concept stores are flanked by artisan studios, where masterpieces in glassware, pearl, gold, paper, and leather are created; there are even ateliers of historic masks and costumes, artistic kilns, antique tailoring and weaving workshops, woodworking shops, artistic silk screening and printing studios, graphic design studios where unique products can be found.
When visiting any quarter of the city, one can find historic workshops, creative designers, and sophisticated boutiques standing amidst art galleries, antique shops, and luxury bazaars that sell original accessories for interior decor, wood or ceramics ateliers, as well as historic cafés and pastry shops, gourmet kiosks and delicatessens, herb and spice emporiums, splendid florists and greenhouses.
Lovers of haute couture, instead, will have to stroll along Calle Larga XXII Marzo, one of the chicest calle of the city, just a few steps from St. Mark’s Square, and along the Mercerie, which connects St. Mark’s square to Rialto through a maze of narrow streets: this is where all the greatest names in Made-in-Italy fashion and international designers can be found.
Even those who cannot come to Venice can buy Venice’s handmade crafts: eBotteghe, an online marketplace featuring works from about 20 Venice’s designer/makers, is already available; from March 2021, Venice Original, an e-shop dedicated to Venetian artistic and traditional craftsmanship, will be online. Support Venice makers by buying their handmade works: watch this video in support of local artisan shops.
[source: La newsletter di Venezia, N° 45/2020 del 01.12.2020]
[picture: TGS Eurogroup]
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Special thanks to the Councillor for Tourism for having enthusiastically welcomed this new important collaboration between TGS Eurogroup and the Tourism Office of the Town of Venice and for giving us the precious opportunity to publish on the pages of this blog some extracts from this newsletter, both in Italian and in English.
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