Bottega & Palazzo
From the time of Marco Polo, Venice was famous for its trade with the Far East, particularly in silk and spice. This detailed walking tour takes a closer look at the Venetian fabrics and perfume trade. First we'll visit the only bottega in Europe still using ancient looms, creating hand-cut velvets that can be seen even now. The bottega produces work seen in the Kremlin, Mariah Carey's New York apartment, and the catwalks of Dolce and Gabbana.
You will see clothing, handbags, and cushions made with luxurious velvets, damasks, and jacquards. Next you'll catch a glimpse of how these sumptuous fabrics were used in Venetian clothing and the home furnishings of a beautiful palazzo. We'll also be discussing local spice imports and perfume production, sampling various scents from a well-known Italian perfumer that is inspired by Venice.