The detailed facade of the Il Bel Cristallo side of the shop

Il Bel Cristallo (Italian for “The Beautiful Crystal”) and La Gemma Elegante (Italian for “The Elegant Gem”) are merchandise locations in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion that share a building.

The pink, white, and greatly columned facade of these shops is intended as a scale reproduction of Doge’s Palace in Venice. Just like the real palace, statues stand watch over the building’s sides.

Looking up at the details

The La Gemma Elegante side of the shop celebrates the art of Giorgio Iurcotta, who relocated to Orlando from Venice, Italy in 2001 to represent his family’s business, Balocoloc Artisans of Venice, by creating beautiful and intricate papier-mâché masks available for purchase.

Along with the masks, the shop sells a number of authentic Italian souvenirs, such as wooden toys and Disney-exclusive Murano glass items.

A collection of Venetian masks for sale

Authentic Murano glass, custom made for Epcot’s Italy Pavilion

A painting of The Grand Canal of Venice

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