All is not ancient in Piazza San Marco, however. In the streets surrounding her monuments visitors will find souvenir shops that sell exquisite Murano glass, handmade Venetian masks, and fine leather goods.
Italian brands known the world over, including Prada, Versace, Loro Piana, and Ermenegildo Zegna, have outposts here, as do international fashion and accessories brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and Chanel.
Note: The shopping area is also thick with sidewalk vendors selling imitation bags. The Italian authorities frown on visitors who patronize them.