The botteghe of the St. Mark’s Square Fabrica


We will live the Carnival’s days as we were in a traditional atelier. Every day, shoes-makers, costumers, gondola’s artisans, masks-makers, glass-makers and fabrics-makers, they will open their shop in Piazza S. Marco like it was the eighteenth-century Venice.

To follow, a small recap of the shops that you will see in Piazza S. Marco from January the 30th to February the 9th.

Politecnico Calzaturiero Shoes-Makers

The Politecnico Calzaturiero born in 2001 as a heir of Calzaturieri del Brenta’s tradition. The Confraternita dei Calegheri (shoemaker) worked in Venice since 1268. Actually the footwear district developed especially since 1898 thanks to the businessman Luigi Voltan, founder of the first big shoes factory – in Strà (Venice). Strà, 1923. “Scuola di Disegno per Arti e Mestieri” was born and specialized itself in Designer and Shoes maker’s formation during the industry development.

Nowadays it is considered as the formation’s structure, technological transfer and services of Distretto Calzaturiero della Riviera del Brenta, which produces the best shoes (mainly for women) in the world: more than 500 companies, 10, 000 employees and 20 millions of pair of shoes produced a year.

During the Carnival, the Politecnico Calzaturiero opens his artisan boutique in the great crafts’ workshop in San Marco Square. The school, with its teachers and students, will take back visitors at the Calegheri time.

A splendour artisan handmade shoes laboratory will be recreated there.

These shoes represent an experience made of personal choises, with the goal to realize a unique object with whom feeling some pleasant sensations: relaxing, freedom and independence.

Info: Politecnico Calzaturiero | YouTube |


Pietro Longhi’s Atelier

The Pietro Longhi Atelier is alive thanks to two different souls.

The oldest one is linked with the production of historical dresses by Francesco Briggi, a non-professional tailor who have been keeping the traditional Venetian couture alive since 20 years. Francesco realizes historical reproductions and uses rare tissues, glass pearls, jewels; thanks to these materials and his venetian talent he creates unique pieces of art. Each dress has its own story, its own name, and has a precise significance to Francesco, who is engaged not only with historical dresses but is also an expert in uniformology and has collaborated with museums and exhibitions. The care for the details and the creative process through which a dress is realized make the Pietro Longhi Atelier unique: for this reason lots of collectors and supporters book their dress for the Carnival, to be the protagonists of their story. This story represents the second soul of the Atelier, in other word when the dresses are worn to join in unique events, organized by Longhi inside and outside of the city.

These events are realized tailor­made just as the dress, which will be shaped up by the wise hand of Pietro Longhi and presented to the public in the world most picturesque square.According to the idea of the artistic director of the Carnival 2016 Marco Maccapani, the organization decided to collect all those jobs which take part to the realization of the dress.

Info: Alterier Pietro Longhi | Scheda di presentazione

Stefano Nicolao’s Atelier

The Nicolao Atelier tailor's shop started to produce period costumes in 1980, achieving the creations that have been exported all over the world for years as one of the greatest expressions of Made in Italy handicraft expertise.

Skilled hands cut and sew precious and exclusive fabrics using the authentic cuts and styles adopted in the past to add a touch of class to the period costume-making profession. Our label of excellence has been exhibited in Opera houses, theatres, ballets, cinemas and on television all over the world.

The costumes produced by our tailor’s shop take you on a journey through the past thanks to more than 10,000 sets of underwear, accessories, headgear and capes, all exhibited in our elegant premises in the old town centre of Venice that comprise our workshop, our showroom and our entire costume collection.

Anybody wanting to experience the atmospheres of bygone days needs to wait no longer! Just visit our shop where you can enjoy the fantastic experience of reliving the long-forgotten past.

Info: Atelier Nicolao | Scheda di presentazione


The tradition of the craftsmanship of the gondola has been handed down since the Middle Age. But now there are a lot of dangers that threaten this cultural heritage that runs the risk of disappear. Many craftsmen who contribute to the creation of the gondola, “I artieri de gondole et suoi fornimenti” decided to join together in “El Felze” association: Squerariòli (naval carpenter), remèri (oar-makers), intagiadòri (the carvers), battiloro (the one who produces the golden leaf in order to decorate the gondola), doradòri (the ones who put the leaf inside the gondola), fondidòri (the ones who take care of the metallic part of the gondola), tapessièri (upholsterer), baretèri (chaplains), sartòri (tailors), caleghèri (shoemakers). These specialized craftsmen and their activities will be presented in San Marco by El Felze association in order to underline the importance this untouchable cultural heritage.

Info: El Felze

“L’arte dei mascareri” association

One of the surprises linked to the last year Carnival was the birth of a non-profit association, “L’Arte dei Mascareri”. Its purpose is to spread the art of making masks.

“Mascareri”, culture and history of the Venetian masks

The “mascareri” are artisans who, from 1436, produced masks in Venice. So, “L’Arte dei Mascareri” takes this name to underline its purpose: to defend and spread the art of making masks that, in Venice, are not just souvenirs, but the herald of a centenary tradition. A heritage that has its first testimony in 1268 and that must be promoted.


Luigi Bevilacqua’s Atelier

Luigi Bevilacqua’s weaving is one of the most antique and still-existing weaving in Europe.

Since the age of Dogis, wise hands have been able to transform precious yarns in fine dresses and elegant materials for palaces, residences and theatres decoration all around the world. The great charm of Bevilacqua’s materials is matter of inspiration not only to interior designs and architects but to famous stylists as well.

Bevilacqua’s weaving is one of the last productor of “soprarizzo” velvet and keeps an historical archive that contains 3.500 drawings at clients disposal. Every year some traditional drawings are re-made in new and modern color combinations.

During the Carnival the bags and accessories shop and the textiles showroom next to Gran Canal will be open to the public also during the weekend from 11 am to 6,30 pm.

Info: Tessitura Luigi Bevilacqua | Scheda di presentazione | YouTube


The modern definition of “artist” isn’t enough to describe properly Mariano Fortuny and Madrazo (1871-1949). He was a really Renaissance man, who bound his own books and painted chandeliers and fornitures by himself. He invented one of the first light variator, a bow thruster, he made by himself colours, dyes and paint brushes. With the “cupola Fortuny” he revolutionized the scenic lightening and scenic design, actualizing his theories on indirect and diffused light.

Each roll is a unique work of art that will be conserved for generation. Since 1994 Riad family is the inherit keeper of Fortuny. His complex processes and the procedures he used, never reproduced elsewhere, are guarded in secret into Venetian walls. The artisanal production remains complete and uncorrupted, continuing to use machines and procedures invented by Fortuny almost a century ago. The qualitative standard imposed by the artist is the same, researched with devotion and passion.

The productive process was the summit of his skills in engineer, art and project-made, joint to an artistic demonstration.

Info: Tessuti Fortuny | Fortuny su Facebook


Rubelli, historical, textile industry, reconfirm its bond with Venice. Along with lace-makers, glass-makers, tailors and artisan of the gondola, also the weavers will have their place in Piazza San Marco. The Rubelli’s Fabrics will be shone in Piazza S.Marco, with a video that will present the process of making a fabric with the loom. Moreover, at the Arsenal will be celebrated the beauty of textile creations: at the Tese, with a suggestive video-projection, the decorative elements will create a seductive sequence of virtual chandelier. During the Carnival, the Rubelli’s showroom in Palazzo Corner Spinelli (San Marco 3877) will be open from 10.00 to 19.00

Info: Rubelli Venezia | Rubelli on Facebook

Promovetro Consortium of Murano

The Promovetro Consortium of Murano is born in 1985. Promovetro focuses its activities in the participation to the most important international exhibitions, in the organization of workshops, seminars, and prestigious events.

The ultimate purpose of Promovetro Consortium is to enhance Murano and its glass production, to preserve this thousands-year-old art and to promote a correct commercialization of this important cultural heritage.

In 2001, Regione Veneto has given to Promovetro Consortium the national and international management of the brand Artistic Murano Glass (regional law n. 70, del 23-12-1994).

From 2002, the Murano glass is one of the few Italian products with its own registered brand. Vetro Artistico® Murano is guarantee of quality for the consumers, and a guarantee of protection for the producers. An important recognition for an island that has become a symbol of the made in Italy.

The application of the brand is controlled by a Usage Guidelines that permits the use of it only for artistic products made in Murano.

Consorzio Promovetro Murano | YouTube


“Tajapiera” Consortium of Venetians Restorers


The “pietrification” of Venice, in other words, the passage from the usage of the wood to the usage of stone in the construction of building, it started in 1300. Built on the islands of the Lagoon, Venice took the stone from the Colli Euganei and Istria. The corporation of Mariegola dei Tajapiera is born in 1307, and is one of the most antique in Venice.

Nowadays, there are very few artisan who can still work with marble and the Istria’s stone, using the original techniques and intruments. The “s-ciapin”, for example, or the “ongea”, the “gradina”, are just few of the instruments used by the artisans, whose ability consists also in knowing which instrument use. Today, the work of the “Tajapiera” is one of the most in danger, there are only 9 marble-workers left.

In 2009, almast all the marble-workers in Venice decided to create a Consortium. They were encouraged by the desire of keep working in a city that, no matter what, can not give up to quality craftmanship.

The president of the consortium in Giovanni Giusto, master restorator and manager of the business specialized in restoration of headstones.

During the last years, the Consortium enlarges its ranges, completing the original manufacturing activity with a preservative activity. Is been organized a guided tour to the construction site for the Restoration of the Ponte di Rialto’s Balustrade. In this occasion, Giusto has explained the intervention used on this part of the Ponte di Rialto.


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