It often feels as though Venice continues to keep itself afloat solely for the tourists who keep the gondolieres in business and get lost in the winding streets around Piazza San Marco. It is overrun with places to buy "Venetian" items- leather, paper, Murano glass, etc... But even in a new environment, a savvy shopper quickly learns how to discern the average tchotchke from something truly special.
We found these fabulous Murano glass rings at a gallery halfway between the Accademia Bridge and the Peggy Guggenheim museum. More dramatic in size and subtle in color than the average rings that are peddled around the city, at 18 euro this is a beautiful way for me to remember Venice.