Venice still has a few residents who work in the non-tourism
industries, but these are comparatively rare today. The city''s
waterways can be difficult to navigate so you should buy items you
want immediately, rather than risk not being able to find the store
later on. The Rialto is the commercial core of Venice, famous for
being the site where the first bridge over the Grand Canal was
built. Most shops in Venice are closed for an extended lunch
Visit Venetia Studium on San Marco for fine velvets and silks,
of every imaginable colour, woven into subtle scarves, delicate
evening bags and luxurious pillows. You can buy unique costumes and
masks at Atelier Marega, where you can often see the preparation
and painting of the masks. Francis Model sells locally-crafted
leather goods, and for gloves and accessories go to Fanny, on Calle
dei Saoneri and Campo San Polo. Handmade paper and beautiful
miniature buildings, made by Moro, can also be found in Venice.
Look out for handmade examples of Venetian glass (
glass) and fine lace sold throughout the city.
VAT (IVA in Italy) of 20% is added on to the price of all
consumer goods, and tourists can apply for a tax refund. Some shops
participating in a Tax-free Shopping programme.