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Me and my girlfriend were incredibly impressed by the owner and his wife’s outstanding mask designs. The masks are a testament to their hard work, their love of the art and their dedication to making unique, authentic masks which left us in awe. We picked...More
There are many mask shops, but this is the one to stop at. Their craftsmanship and dedication to their art are unmatched. Prices are very reasonable as well. We purchased a Cassanova mask and a ceramic box. Perfect momento from our first visit to Venice.
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giancarlove, Proprietario at L'artista della barbaria, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018
So like everything in the world, globalisation changes the way we consume things. Venice bring the capital of culture and it's colourful array of Venetian masks, creates a market where nearly every second shop sells them at different price points. The thing is that most...More
giancarlove, Proprietario at L'artista della barbaria, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2018
I bought a mask to my grandchild for christmas here after some people at my hotel speak about this little shop. I guess I did a good deal it was not expensive so I hope the little girl in north will like it when she...More
After getting a passionate and very interesting story behind the masks and it’s historic and traditional use, it was clear that we wanted to buy our handmade masks from Giancarlo and Erica. This lovely couple are proud of their handcrafted masks and in addition took...More
giancarlove, Direttore at L'artista della barbaria, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018
Fantastici vi aspettiamo a braccia aperte,grazie mille
There are many places selling authentic and imitation Venetian masks. This is the real thing and a great pleasure to visit. John Carlo and his wife make the masks in the shop. We spent an hour going through the process of making a mask with...More
giancarlove, Proprietario at L'artista della barbaria, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2018
Amazing....thank you vi aspettiamo la prossima volta
After looking at pictures on TripAdvisor of several mask stores I knew I wanted the large mask L'artista makes. I really love the colors red/orange and saw that they would custom make a mask if you didn't see the one you want. That color scheme...More
giancarlove, Proprietario at L'artista della barbaria, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2017
The artisans in this shop could not be nicer, and were wonderful with our eleven year old daughter. They finished their hand-made mask exactly to her wishes, and even packed it expertly for the journey home. There are many shops making masks in Venice, but...More
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giancarlove, Proprietario at L'artista della barbaria, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017
On a recent trip to Venice I went searching for a paper mache mask. There are plenty of masks to be bought at St. Mark's Square and at kiosks throughout the city, but I wanted something authentic, something made by a Venetian who knew the...More
Castello is the largest of the six sestieri (districts), and the only one not facing onto the Grand Canal. More than half of Castello is situated within Arsenale, the naval base, which occupies over one-fifth the area of Venice. This gentrified maritime neighbourhood feels busy but casual. Castello’s side streets are laid back, with small boats lining canals criss-crossed by laundry. Semiannual exhibitions add a
strong artsy current to the Arsenale area. Via Garibaldi in Castello, with its shops and bars, has one of Venice's rare straight and wide boulevards. When a large ship turns around the Lido to enter the Giudecca Canal, the startling sight creates an illusion that it will run aground right on Via Garibaldi! Families treasure Giardini near the island's tip, green with rare trees and grass, and Riva degli Schiavoni is a popular spot for Venetians to take a stroll to watch the sunset.