From the art of glass to that of jewellery, the step, at least in our itinerary, is short.
Continuing on the Calle dei Fuseri and arriving in Campo San Luca, the campo that geographically marks the centre of the town, turning immediately right, after the picturesque Orseolo Basin used as a gondola station, we emerge into the scenic St Mark’s Square.
Following the outline of the Old Procuratie (recently re-opened and visitable entering from number 105) we take Calle della Canonica, adjacent to the left side of the Basilica. After crossing the homonymous bridge, from where you can have a view of the famous Bridge of Sighs, on the left we will find the Dogale Jewellery directed by Giorgio Berto, one of the last master goldsmiths left in the town.
With the passion that only a true craftsman can have towards what he considers an art, he manages his atelier along his sons Alessandro and Ursula, refining gold in real time.
Anyone can see him creating small precious and unique objects with their own eyes, like the “Venetian Moretti”, a jewel of ancient tradition, designed to represent the victory of Venice over Turkish pirates and that have been essentially produced at the Dogale since the late 50s.
Other precious proposals are represented by the rings with engraved stones; the Chevalier rings with noble coats of arms and the Vanitas jewels, namely the skull-themed memento mori: from the cheerful and lively ones to those in Mexican or rock style.
Many have passed through the atelier of Giorgio Berto such as the countess Marzotto, the financier Robert de Balkany and demanding customers of the European aristocracy, but also gallerists, designers and great entrepreneurs from all over the world.