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Unique gift ideas for Venice enthusiasts

 

Venice leaves a subtle nostalgia for the future in the hearts of those who leave.

The urge to make return to the ancient and maternal dimension of Venice, with its scents and its urban structure.

A desire to go back to experience the chrono vertigo in a city so ancient and yet so projected into the future.

Venice enthusiasts looking for a unique gift idea are spoiled for choice in finding a souvenir that conveys the essence of the city to those who receive it.

A cosmopolitan and welcoming city where perfumes, fashions, flavours, languages, colours, art and craftsmanship shaped a society which, thanks to integration and cultural contamination, evolved into an eclectic humus rich in ferment.

 

It is the beautiful showcase of luxury brands, but it is full of small workshops where is possible to find ideas for a unique and original gift.

A craftsmanship with deep roots in a glorious past, knows how to project itself into the future thanks to the ability to capture beauty and convey the uniqueness of the gesture in the objects it produces.

The craftsman was once assimilated to the figure of the artist and even today in the workshops of Venice we can meet true artists who resist the changes of the globalized market and also climatic ones.

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Popular Souvenirs in Venice

 

You name Venice and your thoughts immediately go to the two islands that have made of their names a brand: Murano and Burano.

 

Glass, the artistic emblem of an oxymoron: fragile and resistant at the same time, tells us about traditions and innovations introduced by women and men of Murano. Sculptures, blown glass, murrine in the forge of jewels or home decorations, ancient and modern venetian beads that made the history of design: glass expresses the whole universe made of technique and art that since the 12th century has made the world talk about Venice.

Burano, rich in an unparalleled production of lace, made with needle and very fine thread, which legend has it are inspired by sea foam. The island with its colorful houses is also the place where the delicious Esse biscuits were born: perfect gifts for those with a sweet tooth, baked by artisans of taste.

 

The Mask is one of the popular souvenirs. Emblem of the Carnival itself, it is historically the symbol of an enlightened and libertine eighteenth century that many like to wear and ‘stage’ at the Caffè Florian which becomes, on Carnival days, stage of life.

The Bauta, (“ghost, damned soul”), is the mask that allowed to eat and drink without taking it off. Together with the Tabarro (the cloak) and the black tricorn (the hat), it was the right disguise to guarantee anonymity in a city full of secrets and transgressions.

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Venetian handicrafts: A touch of authenticity

 

Far from industrialized processes, the artisanal items tell us of the attention to the quality and history of the territory.

Even today we say “bottega” (workshop) to mean a shop in Venice. In ancient times, what was produced by hand was sold in the same place.

During the Middle Ages, people learned a job going to the studio of an artist or craftsman from whom they learned emulating. The gesture learned by heart and repeated became natural. It had to be enriched by the artistic touch resulting from the personal creativity.

Among the artisans who resist and still work in a bottega, the Antica Stamparia is the place where you can purchase unique and original business cards, ex-libris decorated with typically Venetian themes.

A dive into the glorious past of a city that made printing its primacy thanks to the genius of Aldo Manuzio.

 

To explore the full range of Caffè Florian hancrafted products, we invite you to visit our fashion section of the online shop. Here you can find an exclusive selection of silk scarves, elegant leather bags and pouches, multifunctional purses and small leather accessories, ideal for a special gift.

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Silk is a precious fabric, the most pleasant to wear. The 100% italian silk scarf reproduces the decoration of the Senate Room which was historically known as the “Women’s Room”.

Venetian-inspired fashion and accessories

 

For lovers of extraordinary jewels, in which the continuous aesthetic research has its roots in Venetian history, Nardi is the Jeweler in Venice.

Heir to a long family tradition, he is an innovator in the design of jewelery that is created as unique works.

Jewels are explored through the graphic signs in sketches and explored in the chromatic nuances in hand-made drawings that look like ancient miniatures. Produced according to the canons of high craftsmanship, they become true objects of Art.

To collect and wear: iconic jewels, original creations with a Venetian soul.

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"The Masks" Collection by Nardi

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Precious patterns and drawings are the common thread throughout Mariano Fortuny’s production. He interpret silk and fine fabrics by proposing standards of beauty that fuse the Eastern world with the Western one.

 

Venetian manufacturing is also expressed in leather goods. Heir to the Italian artisan tradition, Michele De Fina followed his creations from the first sketch to the final realization, with careful attention to detail and search for beauty in every sector of his artisanal production.

 

Scarpez, Furlane or Papusse: from the Friuli countryside where they were born in the 19th century, these slippers arrived in Venice, becoming footwear first for gondoliers and then, declined in precious fabrics and brocades, ‘landing’ on the feet of Venetian nobles. With their rubber sole avoided to damage the black lacquering of the gondolas and guaranteed the privacy of lovers in the palaces of the nobility.

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Tips for surprising your loved ones with a Venice-themed gift

 

Souvenirs are meant to keep memory of the place we have visited and loved. Buying a gift to offer means we wish to share the experience and the joy of the journey with those we love.

Choosing a design souvenir, a handcrafted object, allows you to offer the poetry and history of a place interpreted by skilled hands.

 

A small precious gift: the wooden “ferro da gondola” (small-scale gondola’s bow) is a useful bookmark, made in Saverio Pastor’s workshop.

The Caffè Florian magnets are small works of art. They look like Caravaggio paintings but they are actually photographs by Massimo di Capua who was able to capture the unique atmosphere of the Carnival evenings at the Caffè Florian.

A gift much appreciated by those who love art and photography is the volume by the great photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin. His poetic gaze depicts customers sitting  on the red velvet sofas, capturing the non-verbal language of the subjects expressing the well-being of those who live a Florian experience.

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Gianni Berengo Gardin "Caffè Florian"

A guide to unusual places in Venice which is also a guide to typical desserts can prove to be a useful gift for those who love Venice: The Caffè Florian delicacies.

For a sensorial journey through perfumes that recall the beauty and grandeur of Venice, the perfect gift is a home fragrance or the trio of perfumes inspired by and created exclusively for Caffè Florian by perfumer Lorenzo Dante Ferro. The latest creation is a hymn to the Venice Lagoon, and is appreciated by both women and men.

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