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Ratti, just up the street from I Tre Mercanti, opened for business as an ironmonger in 1882. Today, it's a major appliance, housewares, and hardware store where you can find everything from nails to washing machines and flat-screen TVs.

For the tourist, Ratti is a great place to buy hard-to-find Italian items such as replacement parts for Bialetti coffeepots. (Bring an old rubber ring from your Moka Express, and you'll find its counterpart at Ratti.)

Ratti also has a large selection of rubber boots for the acqua alta or flood season: During our most recent visit, we found boots in European sizes 35 to 46, at prices that started at €12 for green PVC wellies. (If green isn't your color, you can buy fake leopard rain boots for €20 or so.)

Ratti's address is Castello 5824; the store is at the corner of Salizzada San Lio, Calle al Ponte della Guerra, and Calle delle Bande.

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