My Venice is a city of contrast, the contrasts that live in its slow place, in being both international and a small village at the same time, in the crazy light of the sunset, in its smell, its silences, and the pleasures of strolling. In water and in nature. Even for me, who has lived here my entire life, it is a continuous discovery. Venice is demanding, it asks you for dedication and devotion. It wants you to lower your defenses and indulge yourself because wonder comes from the unexpected. It enters the skin by osmosis and at some point you can no longer do without it.
Shopping at the Rialto Market where I can find the freshest vegetables and fish from the lagoon.
At the Arco for a Venetian-style cicchetti breakfast which is strictly homemade.
Observe true Venetian life from a red bench in Campo Santa Margherita, preferably in the company of a book purchased at the independent Marco Polo bookshop.
The Guggenheim: because Peggy was and still is an icon of the city, for the metaphysical garden, for perhaps the most inspiring view of the water.
In the Dorsoduro area, compulsory cicchetti stop at Cantinone Schiavi and a gianduiotto ice cream from Nico.
Punta della Dogana for the commanding restoration by Tadao Ando, the memorable exhibitions and to contemplate the San Marco basin.
Three Oci for lovers of contemporary photography and to watch Venice from Giudecca.
Fortuny Museum, Gothic, mystical and a source of continuous inspiration.
A boat trip with Classic Boats Venice to explore the lagoon and the constellation of its beautiful islands, each one different from the other in history, identity, colors.
Cannaregio at nightfall.
Rowing in fondamenta della Misericordia with Venice on Board at sunset in the golden hour.
Summer by bike on the Lido of Venice to Bagni Alberoni for a jump into the past.
Corte Sconta: refined and contemporary atmosphere, under a pergola, under the banner of Corto Maltese. Risotto di gò, poor dish from the lagoon, rare and delicious.
Wisteria: new entry in the Venetian gastronomic panorama, very young chef and team, a real food experience.
Antiche Carampane: in San Polo, a super popular and authentic restaurant, just like the hospitality of its host Francesco.
Al Quadrino: the Alajmo world with a bistro format and the most unique view in the world.
Opened after its counterparts in London and Paris, at the Zattere, the Experimental Cocktail Club, the trendiest of the Venetian bars.
Don’t leave without: the authentic Pied à Terre furlane booties, a vintage photo from the Cameraphoto Archive, a lucky souvenir from Venetia Studium, a postcard from the Veneziastampa printing house, made with drawings by local artists, the creamed cod of Cibo.