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Visit the magic kingdom of costumes

Enter the magical world of Nicolao Atelier in the atmospheric district of Cannaregio. The Atelier, which has been active on the international film, theatre and opera scene since 1980, has a repertoire of over 15,000 cine-theatre costumes. Using handcrafted fabrics and expert workmanship many iconic costumes were born here for important film and opera productions, complete with accessories. During this unforgettable experience discover the best handmade products of the atelier: costumes, accessories, mantle, historical and modern shoes.

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Stefano Nicolao

Costume making

A life in costumeWhen he was at high school, Stefano Nicolao wanted to become an actor. But he later realised that instead of standing on the stage, he actually loved being backstage. He became a tailor, then a costume designer and maker and, in 1980, opened Nicolao Atelier. Since then the company has produced period costumes for famous opera houses, theatres, ballet companies and film studios all over the world. An example of fine Italian craftsmanship, Stefano Nicolao's work is a label of excellence.

Audio guide

Audio guide

A free audio guide, available to stream from 10 April to 1 May, will enhance your experience of Homo Faber in Citta. Discover more about Venice, its crafts workshops and its heritage as a city of craftsmanship, to complement your personal tour.


Where you'll be

Address Cannaregio 2590
30121, Venice

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Things to know

  •   Guest requirements

    Please stay informed about the latest Covid safety requirements in Venice and comply with any requests from the venues you visit, to ensure the safety of yourself and the participating artisans.

  •   When to arrive

    Make sure you arrive on time at each venue (although no more than ten minutes early), to make the most of your experience and the artisan’s time. Please call the venue ahead of time if you are likely to be late.

  •   Cancellation policy

    Please let us know if you wish to cancel your booking so that we may offer the opportunity to another visitor. Cancel or rebook directly on your account or via your confirmation or reminder email. If cancelling on the day of your event, kindly inform the venue by telephone.