Walking 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.
Doff That Hat
Hat. 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.
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.