Nove: Pottery Shopping in Italy

Nove: Nove is one of those little known secrets – a lovely town east of Venice with over 100 pottery shops, many of which make beautiful, high-quality pottery for Lenox, Pottery Barn, Tiffany & Co. and others. Here you can get those things at 1/3 or better of the price.

Our Itinerary:
Wednesday: Fly into Treviso. Rent a car and drive to Vicenza.
Thursday: Shopping in Nove.
Friday: Post office in Vicenza at 10am. Lunch and three hours shopping in Nove. Post office in Vicenza at 1530. Drive to Treviso to return car. Take the bus to Venice.
Saturday: Tour Venice.
Sunday: Venice and fly home.
Getting there:

We flew Ryan Air from Dusseldorf/Weeze (also known as Niederrhein/NRN) to Treviso, Italy which is just north of Venice. It is possible to park your car in long term parking at the Weeze airport (which is located on an old military base), but if you don’t, a pre-arranged taxi service can work quite well. We used a taxi service out of Heisburg that hauled all six of us with our luggage to the airport and back for a pre-arranged fee of 190E – which is really not bad and saved us the stress of driving back late after a long trip. Do make sure that the driver knows where the airport is. Do not assume that someone from the local area will know beyond the greater Heinsburg area. Even with a taxi service, I will now take along my mapquest directions and a good map. We did not have a map. Instead, we had one lost German man driving a van with three GPS mounted on the windows and 6 women throwing suggestions his directions every few minutes. Good for a laugh only if you’re not in danger of missing your flight.

Renting a car:
The Treviso airport is small, but nice, and very easy to navigate. Downstairs is the line of stalls for rental cars. We had one reserved with Locauto. All the cars are parked in the parking lot directly across from the airport with the company sign in front of the parking spot, so they are fairly easy to find. If arriving late, I’d suggest bringing a small flashlight. The nice peugeot that we rented had plenty room for the 6 of us with luggage. When you return the car, there is often not a person sitting there. Just drop the keys in the drop box. They do not do inspections like you do in the US.

Locauto Rent
Partita IVA 04367-650-969
Aeroporto Di Treviso
Tel: 0422-433834
Email: info@locautorent.com
Web: http://www.locautorent.com/

Lodging in Vicenza near Nove:
Nove is about a 30 minutes drive from Vicenza – a nice town with a US Army base – Caserma Ederle where you can stay very inexpensively. The downside, of course, to the military lodging is that you can’t book very far in advance. (Next time we’ll book off-base as a back-up plan, then if we can get lodging on base, we’ll cancel the other). We stayed in triple rooms at the Hotel Victoria. Victoria did have nice rooms, a good breakfast buffet, free wireless internet, and is only 4 minutes from the base and right next door to a restaurant and a large shopping center, so if the base lodging is unavailable, it’s a great alternative and not unreasonably priced if you’re splitting the room rates.

Caserma Ederle Website: http://www.usag.vicenza.army.mil/sites/local/
Lodging on base: http://www.vicenzamwr.com/lodging.html
Hotel Victoria (off base in Vicenza): http://www.hotelvictoriavicenza.com/ing/index.html

Nove:

Getting to Nove from Vicenza isn’t hard. Just follow the signs to Bassano and you’ll end up in Nove. Of course, if you can bring a GPS, it will help you GREATLY. There isn’t one central place where all the shops are. Instead, the shops are sprinkled throughout the town, but the main ones (the biggest, most popular shops with Americans) are all on the same street. Most of the shops are closed for lunch, so if you are a serious shopper, arrive early (0830-0900) when the shops open, then go to lunch, and shop the rest of the afternoon. If you show up at 1130, you won’t have much time to look before the break, so plan well. If you head into the square with the big tower in it, you’ll see a large map set back in the square that is a map of Nove with all of the ceramic shops on it and their locations.

Money: Almost all of the shops take credit cards, but you’ll need cash for food and the smaller shops will be cash only. Some of the larger shops like V.B.C. also take American checks. If you are paying with cash or check, you will have a little more bartering room. And yes, do barter. They will most often knock down the price at least a little bit to those who ask.

Not shopping: There is a Ceramic museum in the center of town open Tues-Sat from 0900-1300 and on Sun from 1500-1900. And, if you can drive just a bit, the town of Bassano just up the road has a beautiful old square and a cheesemaker who’s been making cheese just about forever.

Nove Ceramic Shops:
*Though many of these shops have hours from Monday – Saturday, do remember that not only do they have mid-day breaks, but they also observe holidays and local festivals as well. The best way to ensure that they will be open when you plan your trip is to email a couple of the larger shops (VBC and Ancora) and ask them specifically if they will be open during the time that you plan to go. Ladies have made this trip many times just to discover that the shops are closed. Don’t let that happen to you.

La Ceramica V.B.C. is one of the most popular shops in Nove and the one that we went to first (and took 6 ladies a total of 3 hours to get through). The upstairs shop is beautiful, inspiring, and absolutely full from floor to ceiling of beautiful pottery in such a broad array of styles that you are sure to find something that you love. Lenox, Tiffany and Co, and Vietro adorn their shelves. You’ll also find dinnerware in almost every color, fruit and vegetable spoon rests, and beautiful mosaics. They pack everything extremely well in bubblewrap and styrofoam peanuts to ship and charge only 5 Euros a box. We even brought purchases from other shops to VBC, then they met us at the front gate of Vicenza the following morning in their van (so you don’t need to worry about hauling boxes in the rental car), and led us to the post office where we unloaded our things and shipped them quickly. VBC does take American checks, cash, and credit cards.

Address: Via Molini 45, Nove
Tel: 0424-590312
Email: office@laceramicavbc.com
Web: http://www.laceramicavbc.com/
Hours: M-F 0830-1300 and 1330-1900

Marco Pizzato does not really advertise to random shoppers, but rather sells to large companies. Still, if you can get in, you’ll find something special. His pieces are warm and beautiful and his prices cannot be beat. Go there for large platters and other fun serving pieces. Check carefully for small cracks as some of the pieces tend to sit there for a while and do not be surprised if he won’t sell one – he doesn’t sell the last ones. Just a block down the road from VBC, do go and check it out. It’s a very nice shop and some of my favorite finds were found there.
Address: Via Molini 67
Phone: 0424-590082
Email: info@ceramichepizzato.com
Web: http://www.ceramichepizzato.com/

Ancora is another shop that sells Lenox and Pottery Barn ceramic pieces along with a fabulous assortment of the traditional chicken pitchers and beautiful letter and number address tiles. They also have a resident artist, Floriano Gheno, who handpaints one-of-a-kind bowls and platters that are as much art as utilitarian.

Address: Via Martina 26-28
Tel: 0424.590023
Email: ceramicheancora@libero.it

Bottega Del Ceramista is near VBC on the Via Molini (#88) and also has very nice things. The shop is run by two brothers who make and hand paint everything, so it is smaller, but very nice and has some beautiful canister sets and olive jugs. The most unique items there are old roof tiles that have been hand painted in the old style.

Web: www.ceramics.it/pegoraro
Email: antonio_pegoraro@libero.it

More Ceramic shops: Had I known about this site, I may have been a little more prepared and more focused. Wow. This is great. Pour over it and you will come back, quite literally, with everything, AND the kitchen sink!

Nove Pewter and Copper Shop – DON’T MISS THIS!!!
Carla and Roberto Rossi run this shop full of Roberto’s artistry. Hand made copper and bronze items fill the store that at first, is very overwhelming. Fortunately, this shop does not take a midday break like the others, so it’s a perfect stop during the break and you’ll need that time to look. Roberto’s hand-signed pieces are pricey, but you’re getting high quality copper and pewter that shouldn’t break in the next move. The pewter wine canister and cooler sets are perfect gifts. You’ll see things both rustic and utilitarian and high-styled art deco. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet Roberto himself – the artist. But, Carla is delightful and friendly and also stocks a wonderful selection of sterling charms, masks, and Venetian glass.
Roberto Rossi – Casa Del Peltro
Via S. Romana 13
0424-592535
Open every day 0800-1930

Dining in and around Nove:

Cafe Roma: A reliable lunch spot in the center of Nove, Cafe Roma offers delicious food at reasonable prices. The salmon lasagna was excellent. The gnocci and salads looked delicious as well. A nice lunch with beverage and the service charge (coperto) ran about 10 Euros a person. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. Open T-Sat 1200-1500 and 1800-2400. You won’t miss it right on the corner of the main intersection, but for you GPS types, go to Via Molini #1, Nove 36055.

Pizzeria De Asporto: Take Away. Wow. This pizza brought about smiles and moaning from our group. You wouldn’t think pizza would be quite this exciting… but it was amazing. For less than 3 Euros a person, we stuffed ourselves on the absolutely most delicious pizza ever. The place doesn’t look like much. There is very little seating inside and it looks like a fast food joint, but the kitchen is immaculate, the couple that owns it, friendly, and the food – out of this world.

Pizzeria Da Asporto
Via Astronauti 12; Nove
0424-829168

Alle Fornaci: You won’t miss this restaurant on the way to or from Nove due to it’s large brick stacks looming overhead. The stacks were originally built as ovens for brick manufacturing in the 1840’s. Now they are part of a restaurant that makes absolutely delicious pizzas inside those brick ovens. I would eat there again in a second. The food was great, the prices reasonable, and though our waitress spoke little to no English, she was very friendly and helpful. Address: Via Marosticana, 339 Deuville. Tel: 0444-361238. Closed on Mondays.

Shipping Your Treasures:

Obviously you won’t be hauling service for 12 back with you on Ryan Air or any other airline… so, VBC will pack all of your purchases for you and deliver them to the front gate of Vicenza. You will have to park right inside the gate, wait for the white van, then sign them onto the base. Before your trip, call and make an appointment at the post office there. Pre-fill out your white customs slips and address labels to make the process quick and easy. The post office opens officially at 11, but they do make appointments as early as 0900. The staff is so friendly, they deserve cookies. Next time I’ll bring some. The number to call is: (39) 0444-71-7430.

Venice:

If you are going to Venice from Nove, then return your rental car at the Treviso airport. There is a gas station where you can fill up the tank just past the airport on your right about 1 km down the main road. It is full service, so you don’t even need to leave your car. You will most likely just be dropping your keys off in the drop box, then walk over to the bus tickets counter and purchase a round trip ticket to Venice (Venezia). One-way costs 5 Euros. Round trip is 9 Euros. The bus is right outside the airport. It will stop at the Mestre railway station and then the Venezia bus station from where it’s a quick walk over the bridge and onto the island. The total bus ride from Treviso to Venice is about 45 minutes.

More Information:

Nove Stars and Stripes Article: http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?section=103&article=40448&archive=true

Italy travel site: http://www.enit.it/

12 Responses to “Nove: Pottery Shopping in Italy”

  1. Treviso hotels August 3, 2012 11:17 am #

    Such a great itinerary! So glad for you!

  2. Laurel March 19, 2012 9:48 am #

    I’m so glad I found this post. I’m heading to Nove next week and this will be very useful. Thank you!

  3. Dawn Martin January 24, 2012 4:51 am #

    I contacted La Ceramica VBC yesterday and I was told that they don’t wrap items from other shops and they will take boxes to the base for a fee of 50 Euros(a whole van). We leave this next week and I’ll post any updates. Thanks for all the great information!!! It made planning our trip so much easier. Great tips!

  4. Anonymous July 30, 2011 4:27 am #

    Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a valuable information. I live in Germany and found your posting clear and extremely helpful. Thanks again!

  5. Tiffany T. Weber February 23, 2011 10:24 pm #

    Thanks for the compliments.

    Sadly, I don’t know Pizatto’s shop hours. Most shops open around 10 and are closed in the afternoon opening up later.

    Have you tried calling?

    I wouldn’t fly all the way down from the UK just to go to his shop – or any shop – without calling first. I have known several people that have gone to Nove for a pottery shopping trip just to find out that there’s a local holiday that’s shut down every single store.

    If you do go and find out his hours, I’d love to know. Please pass it along.

  6. Anonymous February 21, 2011 9:28 am #

    Thanks for the info, it is perfect just what I was looking for!!

    I do have a question. I want to buy some pieces from Marco Pizatto but I have emailed him several times and he has yet to reply. I am flying from the UK just to go to his store, so do you know his shop hours? Did he have a large selection or was it quit limited. He has many pieces in his website just hoping the pieces I want will be in his store.

    Any help would be REALLY appreciated. Thanks again. What a great blog you have.

  7. TDY Widow December 3, 2010 8:35 pm #

    Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find his email online and his wife, though sweet, doesn’t speak enough English. I do have the number of his daughter and will try to get a hold of her and update the email in the next day or so.

  8. Anonymous December 2, 2010 11:45 pm #

    Ciao, I need to get in touch with Roberto Rossi about a wine stopper I bought from his shop. I need to find a way to repair it. The email address you provided is no longer in use.

    Other than snail mail & tele, do you know how to currently reach him?

    You info on Nove is excellent. I’ve been many times in the past from Aviano AFB.

    A presto, pat

  9. TDY Widow July 13, 2009 8:28 am #

    Ceramica VBC and Ancora had the “American brands.” It’s also a shifting stock. You won’t find the same things every time. Ceramica VBC had the Tiffany and Company and Lenox when I went. Ancora had a bit of pottery barn and some Lenox. Ancora also had the biggest supply of chicken pitchers.

  10. RaYnA July 13, 2009 7:50 am #

    Thank you for all of the valuable information. Can you please tell me exactly what shops carry Pottery Barn? I am e-mailing the companies right now, but just wanted to know if you remembered.

    Thank you!

  11. Anonymous May 15, 2009 1:43 pm #

    Thank you so much for all of this information. We’re going next weekend and can’t wait to hit these stores. The addresses will help with our gps too! Thanks so much.

  12. Anonymous January 7, 2009 2:22 pm #

    Thanks for all of the great information all in one place. I have been there once but was new to Europe and followed someone else around. You rock!

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