Venice has to be one of the most underrated shopping destinations. When it comes to luxury shopping or finding a deal, you can find both on the floating city. Just two years ago, Venice opened its first luxury shopping center, T Fondaco dei Tedeschi by DFS. Built first in 1228 as Fondaco dei Tedeschi, located at the foot of the Rialto Bridge, it is one of Venice’s most recognizable buildings, historically used as a merchant trading post, a customs house under Napoleon, and a post office under Mussolini. Thanks to the LVMH world-leading luxury travel retailer, DFS, known for curating selections from exceptional desired brands through 420 boutiques on four continents, this famous landmark is now a shopping mecca for tourists from all over the globe. Sometimes referred to as the “Harrods of Venice,” DFS did wonders in selecting some of Italy’s finest designers including Armani, Fendi, Max Mara, Valentino, Bottega Veneta, and Gucci. Don’t forget to dine in at AMO, the culinary creation of Raf and Max Alajmo, of the Alajmo family, proprietor of three Michelin star Padua, Italy restaurant, Le Calandre. If you are looking to invest in quality designer staples but don’t want to spend time inside a shopping center, check out the following high-end shopping streets: Salizada San Moisè, located just a short walk away from the central Piazza San Marco, where you’ll find those pronounced Etro prints; Calle Larga XXII, near Piazza San Marco, lined with both Italian and international designer boutiques like Bulgari, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s and Burberry; or Le Mercurie, a series of streets located between the Ponte di Rialto bridge and Piazza San Marco. One of the best parts of shopping in Venice is discovering the small, lesser-known gems. On our journey, we happened upon Gualti, designer Gualtiero Salbego’s studiogallery. The space is a sensory sanctuary with dresses made of reflective mermaid skinlike materials, organza, taffeta, or satin, cocoon-shaped scarves spiraling down from the ceiling. We’re looking forward to including Gualti pieces in our editorials in the future. Finally, if you happen upon any small leather goods or shoe stores that carry a shoe brand called “DONNA IN MEMORY,” buy the shoes. These highly affordable, impossible-tofind-on-Google Italian shoes are made of exquisite leather. Their gladiator sandals will last even after running through a Venice torrential downpour for twenty minutes.
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