A concept store, a shop of wonders, an artisan laboratory. Bottega Cini was born in 2020 from a magical meeting between Marco Vidal, CEO of The Merchant of Venice, a luxury artistic perfumery brand, and Giovanni Alliata di Montereale, grandson of Vittorio Cini and member of the homonymous Foundation. The store is, in fact, right in front of the building where Vittorio Cini, a great entrepreneur and patron-of-arts, lived up to 1977, hence the name.
Their dream is clear: to become a meeting point between the artisan arts born in Venice and the business world of today which, thanks to enlightened entrepreneurs, becomes a bulwark of these traditions.
Bottega Cini is located in Dorsoduro, in a long and romantic calle (street), one of the most beautiful in the lagoon city for a walk, which leads from the Accademia Bridge to the Basilica della Salute, and which overlooks some of the most sought-after artistic shops, like the Guggenheim Museum Store.
At Bottega Cini you can find, like a true casket of wonders, many refined brands, each witnessing an all-Venetian primacy that will lead you to know many and extraordinary manufacturing arts.
Starting with the perfumes and home fragrances of The Merchant of Venice. In fact, the art of perfume originated in Venice thanks to its trafficking with the Far East, where gentlewomen were already used to perfume themselves.
Continuing with the products of the NasonMoretti and Ercole Moretti glassworks, which respectively made the history of Murano glass art and invented the murrine; the ceramics of Geminiano Cozzi Venezia 1765, famous for being one of the first Italian manufacturers of the eighteenth century to create the legendary “white gold“; the books of the publishing houses Marsilio, Lineadacqua, Elzeviro, and other local publishing houses, which continue today the tradition of art books. Venice was, in fact, for a long time the greatest world center of printing, so much so that it is estimated that 38% of the books printed in Italy in the 1400s were produced right here. And again, the ancient Toscolano 1381 paper mill, which supplied Venice since 1300, and Fallani Venezia, one of the most important artistic screen-printing (serigraphy) studios in the world.
Art is also the protagonist of the Bottega with the sculptures in “transparent” marble by Giancarlo Franco Tramontin and the forcole by Saverio Pastor who has turned the typical oarlock used in gondolas into a work of art.
Bottega Cini is also a place where artisans gather to work, “resident artisan” is, in fact, the famous Marisa Convento, “the last impiraressa” (bead stringer) as she is called, guardian of the ancient art of Venetian glass beads that has recently become a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
And there are many new collaborations that are emerging.
Paying a visit to Bottega Cini is always an adventure because in its spaces the protagonists of the social and cultural life of the city alternate every day for a “ciacola” (chat); a place where you can make extraordinary encounters, between history, art and truly unique objects.