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The best thing to bring home from Venice is a handcrafted good. Most Murano glass sold on the island of Venice isn't actually handmade or from Murano, so make sure that what you buy is the real deal by looking for the "Vetro Murano Artistico" trademark decal that authentic sellers put in their shop windows. You can also buy handmade lace goods — everything from baby booties and table linens. The best place to buy them is on the island of Burano, which is known for its lace-making. A handcrafted Venetian mask is also a gorgeous gift. If you liked the mosaics at St. Mark's Basilica, you might want to take home one of your own. The store Mosaico!, in Santa Croce, sells handcrafts and shimmering mosaics in every style. Finally, even though you can't take home a full-sized gondola from Venice, you can buy a miniature model of a gondola (or of another boat) from Gilberto Penzo, a model boat maker in San Polo.