Fondaco dei Tedeschi


Occupying one of the Grand Canal's most imposing buildings, a 16th-century German trading house, this branch of the DFS chain is worth visiting whether you're in the market for a handbag with a four-digit price tag or not. Four floors of colonnaded galleries rise up to line the vast central void, leading to sublime views from the rooftop.

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