Le Mercerie, San Marco Shopping, Venice
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As well as the historic buildings, beautiful architecture and gondola rides, Venice is also a great place to shop. The most famous streets for shopping are in the Le Mercerie area of the San Marco District. The streets and boulevards stretch all the way from the Rialto Bridge to St. Mark's Square and are packed with stores and stalls selling just about everything under the sun. Among the many items you can purchase here are the latest fashions, jewelry, costumes and souvenirs. For luxury shopping, head to the shops and boutiques of Calle Larga XXII Marzo. Its highlights include boutiques filled with lines from the biggest names in Italian and international fashion, such as Gucci, Hermès and Prada. The name of this thoroughfare is linked to a very important day in the history of Venice. On March 22, 1848, the Republic of San Marco declared independence from the Habsburg Austrian Empire. Other popular shopping streets include Merceria San Salvador, Merceria San Zulian and Merceria dell’Orologio. Leave no shelf or rack unturned as you search for that little something special to take back with you, whether it’s a creation from one of the world’s most famous designers or a kitschy souvenir.