The right way to visit the Fondaco dei Tedeschi

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There is a large new department store in Venice. It is called the T Fondaco dei Tedeschi and it is in one of the most beautiful Palaces that face the Grand Canal. In this space just a few steps from the Rialto Bridge you can find some of the most desired products on the market.

Emporium of Luxury is what they call it. It is part of the large Asian chain Duty Free DFS. E. And just like the big shops you’ll find in the top airports around the world, this megastore wants to win over high-end shoppers.

Although the difference between the Fondaco and all other stores of this chain is that this gallery is located in one of the most beautiful, historical, century- old palaces in the heart of Venice. If you come to the Lagoon for shopping and prestigious stylists, you will find just what you are looking for. Of course, there are many other boutiques and top names already open around the city. So in reality the newest addition to fashion Venice is really its location. 

As always we try to give your alternative points of views in discovering a non-typical or different  “Post-card” Venice.  The Venetian experience can offer you a lot more than just a simple superficial visit. It’s our philosophy: a slow visit to Venice offers the best memories.

So just for that reason, apart from the shopping center in the Fondaco, we suggest some alternative aspects that are different from clothes, perfumes, and jewels if you decide to visit the store.

“Il velero” 

There is an internal area in the Fondaco, reserved for Venetian residents -or rather an internal floor under the skylight of the inner courtyard – dedicated to exhibitions and events completely unrelated to the commercial nature of the stores inside. You should definitely take a look.

The Terrace

It’s most definitely the best part of the Palace. Very high, on the roof of the (originally called) Fontego dei Tedeschi is the terrace that offers one of the best views in Venice. Max Capacity 80 people at a time, and 15 minute turns. Surely the most luxurious merchandise included.

What to buy

It’s an emporium of International Luxury and here you’ll find items that are even sold in Dubai and Hong Kong. With some exceptions, for items “made in Venice” we suggest you favor small hand-made boutiques, local workshops, and the Venetian boutiques scattered about the city (We’ve signaled a few for you.) If you prefer big name brands- like this department store- try the refined local products, like the Murano glass items or the gondola’s wooden “forcole.”

Foto di copertina di Delfino Sisto Legnani, Marco Cappelletti per OMA

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