Unusual Souvenir Series: Venice

Unusual Souvenir Series: Venice
Souvenir shops on Rialto Bridge in Venice, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Here are some cool and unusual souvenirs you can bring back home from your trip to Venice, the City of Canals

Precious Kamei
April 13 , 2019
02 Min Read
Venice, the beauty of a city has a 'come hither' charm to it. Doesn't it? The city is built on an archipelago of 118 islands connected by hundreds of bridges and over 177 canals. Those romantic gondola rides with that special someone, those grand and iconic architecture, the mystery and allure of those soulful operas and masked performers...there's so much about Venice that we would like to talk about. Non-stop. But those shan't be discussed here because usual is the new boring. We are here with some of the cool and unusual souvenirs you can bring back home from your trip to the City of Canals.  
Knock. It's Fun
Traditional Venetian doorknockersWalking around in Venice, checking out local old buildings, you will come across traditional Venetian metal doorknockers. These are the ones with (mostly) the face of a lion and a thick metal ring attached to it. That's the door hammer for you. In the past, these doorknockers used to symbolise the wealth and status of the house owner. But these days you don't need to be loaded to get one for yourself or as an interesting gift for your friends. Look for the ones that are produced by a foundry called Fonderia Artistica Valese, if you don't want to come home with a fake one from any place but Venice. You'll want to try this place out because they are in the business since 1913!  Find these metallic beauties at Calle Fiubera 793 in San Marco district.
Solve These Handmade Wooden Puzzles
One of the best souvenirs you can bring back home from Venice: custom-made wooden puzzles. You can collect as many Venetian landmark buildings as you like from a shop called Signor Blum. These handmade puzzles are as unique as they come. You like a particular spot in Venice and wish to take it home with you? No problem. The good folks at Signor Blum (Campo San Barnaba, Dorsoduro 2840) will take care of that in the form of handmade wooden beauties.

Doff That Hat
A gondolier's hatHat. A straw hat is what you need to bring back from your trip to Venice. For the love of that amazing gondola ride, a sweet souvenir to remember your trip by, you need this gondolier's hat. You will see your gondolieri (the person who drives the gondola) wearing this pretty hat with a ribbon tied to it. Getting these hats is easy, just make sure you don't pick up one that's has come all the way from China. Stay original! Emilio Ceccato's shop near Rialto Bridge is your good option.

We Got The Case Of Munchies!
Baicoli, a typical Venetian biscuit, needs to come back home with you. These vanilla-flavoured very dry biscuits come in pretty reusable tin boxes with typical Venetian scenes painted on them. Baicolis were the favoured food item that Venetian sailors of the olden times preferred carrying with them on long voyages. For a tin of biscuit from the days of yore, these are pretty easy to find in big grocery stores.

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