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Welcome to Perfect Saturday, a weekly Racked feature in which we outline the best places to shop and spend the afternoon in a particular neighborhood, starting with brunch and ending — who knows!
Mona Lisa [Photo: Imagine Exhibitions]
Go Italian Renaissance this weekend at the new Da Vinci The Exhibition, now on display at the Venetian. What better way to spend a Perfect Saturday than to do some shopping, relaxing and dining before heading to the new exhibition? Here, a look at five ways to explore the Palazzo and Venetian, dine like a Cake Boss and do some shopping at the Grand Canal Shoppes before the seeing the art exhibit.
Buddy V's Ristorante [Photo: Chelsea McManus]
Start your Saturday with lunch at Buddy V's Ristorante (Palazzo, 702-607-2355), the Cake Boss Buddy Valastro's very first Italian restaurant. Try dishes such as My Dad's bucatini carbonara or Lisa's V's linguine and white clam sauce, dishes inspired by Valastro family favorites.
Bottega Veneta [Photo: Michilli Inc.]
Stay in that Italian vibe by at least doing some window shopping at Bottega Veneta (Grand Canal Shoppes, 702-369-0747). Known for Italian leather goods, find woven handbags dotting the window here.
Acca Kappa [Photo: Bradley Martin]
The Acca Kappa brand is mostly found in Four Seasons Hotels, but this Italian beauty line has its only stand-alone store at the Grand Canal Shoppes (702-733-0225). This luxury brand features bath and skincare products for men and women.
Fendi [Photo: Grand Canal Shoppes]
Fendi (Grand Canal Shoppes, 702-369-0587), too, specializes in Italian luxury leather goods, and at this spot, find handbags and shoes galore.
The Last Supper [Photo: Imagine Exhibitions]
Da Vinci The Exhibition is a hands-on examination of da Vinci's life, research and art. Featuring more than 65 fully built, life-size inventions, more than 20 fine art studies and dozens of stunning displays, guests will learn the complex beginnings and lifetime achievements of da Vinci through his discoveries in art, engineering, flight, hydraulics, music, light and more. Tickets go for $27.50 for adults, $22.50 for senior, military, Nevada residents and students, and children 12 and under are free with one paying adult, with additional children paying $20.50.
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