Recommendation by Lemi
Bring home a piece of Venice—literally! The Fonderia Artistica Valese has cast metal into ornaments since 1913. In little touches of elaborate design, they’ve added to Venice’s splendor. Lamp posts and gondola decorations are just some of their masterpieces. On a smaller scale, they also make doorknobs and chandeliers for hotels. Come home every day to a Lion Door-Knocker made in Venice. The winged lion is a popular emblem inspired by the city’s patron saint, Saint Mark. The Valese Foundry is on the outskirts of the Veneto region’s capital, but its boutique is quite near to Saint Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco).